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Rachel O'Connell ROCWORX

  • Leather Artisan and Marble Artist. Natural materials, traditional tools, heritage craft, contemporary design. Using a range of sustainable materials, some of which are byproducts of other industries I handcraft items which are beautiful and practical for the home.
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Leather Artisan and Marble Artist. Natural materials, traditional tools, heritage craft, contemporary design. Using a range of sustainable materials, some of which are byproducts of other industries I handcraft items which are beautiful and practical for the home.

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Leather Artisan and Marble Artist, 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, soft furnishings and lighting. I am one of only 8 professional marble artists in the UK, much of my leather work now incorporates this heritage craft.

My leather work is a contemporary design, using traditional heritage craft skills and tools..  It is a slow, considered process, made to order, bespoke fit for apparel, with customers choosing the leather and linen thread combinations.   I hand cut pieces from one hide, traditionally saddle stitch using waxed linen thread and hand assemble using British metal ware made in a foundry in the Midlands and a local blacksmith here in the South Hams.

Having marbled on paper since my early teens, the passion for this medium started on a school trip to Turkey.  I learnt traditional Turkish patterns and later attended a course learning traditional Japanese techniques.  Over the past few years, my ink marbling has been more abstract, nature inspired, as I allow the inks to move and settle in the moment.  I started marbling on leather, goatskin and Dartmoor Sheepskin about three years ago..

Sustainability is a core belief, seen in my choice of display materials and my packaging.  I have zero waste materials, incorporating small waste off cuts in other designs, with only a small amount ending in the compost.

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