It’s fair to say that I have two passions in life, art and people, and I love nothing more than when I’m combining the two. I set up my business in 2010, initially with a view to providing general art workshops to schools in the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire, but over the years, this has evolved and I now specialise in the medium of mosaic. I work with people of all ages and abilities inspiring creativity – I’d struggle to give an exact number of people I’ve worked with, but it must be in the thousands!
As well as mosaic work, I also like to paint and I’ve had my work on several public art trails including the Shaun in the City trail, (where my painted sculpture ‘Baa-bushka’ was placed outside Liberty on Carnaby Street in London), ‘Ahoy there Scrumpty’ a cheeky pirate for the Scrumpty Trail in Gloucester, ‘Paignton by Numbers’ for the Great Big Rhino Project in Paignton, ‘Potter Otter’ for the Moor Otters on Dartmoor and ‘Hareloom’ a five foot hare for the Cotswold Art Trail. In 2016, I launched my studio at Hanley Farm Business Centre in Tidenham, just outside Chepstow, which has allowed me to offer even more classes and workshops. Also in 2016, I was delighted to be the winner of ‘Creative Woman of the Year’ in the Gloucestershire Business Awards, plus a Finalist for the ‘Business Person of the Year’ in the Forester Business Awards. It’s never a dull moment at Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity HQ and no two days are ever the same!