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About Me

"Thoughts, desires and relationships depicted through a creation of characters and creatures. Through this drawing process I hope to capture the energy and feelings of a moment."

I began drawing with sticks and ink during my fine art degree at Cumbria College of Art & Design. Since graduating in 2000 I've been using the same two sticks to continue to explore and develop my drawing process.

My drawings are often concerned with personal reflections & characterful portraits often referencing archetypes. Past work has referenced mythological characters such as Medusa, Hydra, sea creatures and hybridized people and animals.

A love of textiles and print has led me to occasionally combine free-machine embroidery onto my paper drawings and also to translate some of my drawings into screen print.

I love living and working in Yorkshire. All year round there is something beautiful to see, a footpath to discover, a new character to meet. Very inspiring for my creative work.

In 2005 I gained a PGCE and have experience working as an art & design tutor in post compulsory education.

Since 2014 I have been working collaboratively as part of Made in the Valley Co-operative Ltd. In February 2015 we launched The Egg Factory, a creative co-working space in Hebden Bridge.

Contact me: 
Rachel Johns, The Egg Factory, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8JX