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!
I have delivered mosaic projects in many schools, but also projects in collaboration with local organisations including Cinderford Artspace, the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, Hart’s Barn Cookery School and the Forestry Commission. I’ve delivered activities at Wychwood and Cornbury music festivals, plus created some interesting commissions for private clients.
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!