Rachel studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton from 1977 – 1981. After winning the Designer Bookbinders competition in 1980 and 2004 she was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2005.
Since leaving college she has worked as a self-employed bookbinder, setting up Bookbinders of Lewes in 1992.
Although a large proportion of Rachel’s current work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, her passion is creating fine, designed bindings.
'Texture has been a recurring influence on my work for many years. Recently
I have been concentrating on this element of design, using found objects to
impress the surface of the leather producing very tactile results.'