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Rachel Hankins

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Artwork for Rachel Hankins

Moonlit waves


Imaginary landscape

Autumn evening


Summer vase

Three leaves left



How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I use fabrics, hand and free machine embroidery and mixed media to make art with lots of visual texture.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

For me, art is a medium for making slightly abstracted representations of the natural world - particularly seascapes, landscapes, trees and flowers. It's also a powerful way to make social comment on issues that incense me - from poverty and injustice in the UK to the effects of the climate crisis on the natural world and the wildlife that depends on it.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a textile artist.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I'm part of the Sage Collective - a group of six textile artists living in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire who meet monthly and exhibit together.
Member of Wye Valley Stichers and Textile Artists.
Former member of Elmslie Embroiderers, Malvern.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

City & Guilds in Textiles with Machine Embroidery (two Distinctions) at Malvern Hills College of Art, 2019-2020.
Art tuition (watercolours) from Anthony Avery at Man of Ross Gallery, Ross-on-Wye.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Secret Gallery in Newent, Oct-Nov 2022.
Hereford Museum & Gallery during Grayson Perry’s travelling exhibition of his ‘Vanity of Small Differences’ tapestries, Oct ~ Dec 2021.
Elmslie House Gallery with Elmslie Embroiderers, Jan 2021.
H-Art, Sept 2019.

Your gallery outlets/stockists:
The Secret Gallery, Newent (cards and small artworks)
During H-Art week at St Mary's Church, Ross-on-Wye.

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