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Rachel O'Connell ROCWORX

  • Marble Artist + Leatherworker. Natural materials, traditional tools, heritage crafts to create contemporary marbled design for the home and to wear.
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Marble Artist + Leatherworker. Natural materials, traditional tools, heritage crafts to create contemporary marbled design for the home and to wear.

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Marble Artist + Leatherworker, working with sustainable, ethically sourced materials from a small studio-workshop in Brownston, near  Modbury.

ROCWORX was born from a passion to make good quality, beautiful, but practical, home accessories, aprons, lighting, vessels and soft furnishings. A Heritage Craft member, one of only 8 professional marble artists in the UK, Rachel incorporates marbling in her fabrics, paper, glass and leatherwork.

Made to order, using traditional heritage craft skills and tools, her design processes are slow, considered to produce unique pieces for the home, to last a lifetime.  Using ethically sourced veg-tanned leather, Rachel hand cuts pieces from one hide, traditionally hand saddle stitching, using waxed linen thread.  She then hand assembles using British metal ware made in a foundry in the Midlands and a local blacksmith here in the South Hams.  Repurposed electrical copper wire thread is used in much of her textile work and artwork. Rachel collaborates with other artists and has created lighting and artwork.

Marbling on paper since early teens, the passion for this medium started on a school trip to Turkey.  Rachel trained in traditional Turkish patterns and Japanese techniques.  Known for her gold flecked stone patterns, her acrylic, ink marbling is abstract, inspired by the beautiful coast and Dartmoor.

Sustainability is a core belief, seen in her choice of natural materials, display materials and packaging.  With zero waste philosophy, Rachel uses the waste off-cuts in small designs for jewellery, vessels and artwork, with only a small amount ending up in the compost.

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