Jill Crowther
Jill Crowther
Shelly Perkins
Shelly Perkins
William Smith
William Smith
Harbour by Lorenzo Gavarini
Lorenzo Gavarini
Catherine Van Giap - fish panel
Catherine Van Giap

Rachael Blakeway

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Artwork for Rachael Blakeway

long tailed tit

Seaside treats


Chopping board

Stovepot still life


Daisies in Mocca

Me and my clippty cloppty


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

I create a ecletic range of quirky and nostalgic 3D picures and decorations from everyday throw-away materials and found objects. I love the challenge and flexibility of working with materials that no longer have a use and giving them a new lease of life - a sort of reincarnation. Read Sunday papers are made into paper pulp to create birds, mackerel with party hats or characters that have a story, empty pie tins become vintage jugs and classic cars and an empty coffee pod is perfect for a bucket or a fritillary flower head

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Pure escapism! Through my art, my imagination and observations of objects and people can be released and shared. I am also able to include feelings of nostalgia refering to past memories and experiences with a good dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a mixed media artist working with recycled/upcycled materials and found objects

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

I do various workshops and demostrations throughout the year sharing my recycling/ upcycling art methods . These include working with children at regular art clubs at Celf O Gwmpas Llandrindod wells, community art groups at CARAD in Rhayader and I have been involAved in art projects in schools in Powys and Herefordshire

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

Degree in Design Arts at University of Plymouth
Teaching art with recycling themes with special needs groups in Stroud College, primary schools, community groups and Cirencester Museum in Gloucestershire . This continues today in Mid Wales

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

The Found Gallery - Dunbar
Oriel Cric - Crickhowell
MOMA Tabernacle - Machynlleth
Made in the Marches - Kington
Blue Magpie, Elmslie House, Malvern
Chepstow Arts Festival
Malago Restaurant- Bristol

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Oil and Oak- Hay on Wye
Corner Collective - Builth Wells
Quillies- Rhayader
The Old Chapel gallery-Pembridge
The Found Gallery - Dunbar

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