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Exciting Exhibitions

At this time of year I am always looking ahead to what I have booked in the diary and this year is already shaping up to be an exciting one. I already have a very successful Longwick Artshow behind me and I’m starting new work this week for Bucks Artweeks coming up on the horizon. June will be here before we know it and there is a lot to do before then.

Both Longwick and Artweeks are annual commitments in my diary but it’s always nice to have something completely new lined up. So I am delighted that The Courtyard Art Studio at Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire have invited me to share an exhibition with fellow textile artist Barbara Shaw at the end of August. We are already in the planning stages and have decided to call the exhibition “Art in Stitch: Two approaches to Art Textiles”

Barbara creates her pieces by hand stitching small scraps of fabric together in layers to produce unique collages. Her subjects are often based on her impressions of the natural worlds well as local scenes and buildings. As you will see from the image below she has a unique style which is very different to mine yet essentially we are both using very similar materials. The stitch in Barbara’s work is mostly functional and sometimes not even seen, allowing the fabric scraps to be the real stars of the show.

We are both excited about bringing this exhibition to Claydon Estate which is the most beautiful setting, with fantastic independent shops and a gallery in the courtyard. There are beautiful gardens to explore and the National Trust property Claydon House adjacent, as well as The Pheonix tea rooms which offer a convenient pit stop for tea and cake or a light meal. There is plenty of parking and the site is wheelchair friendly.

If you love textile Art or if the medium is new to you but you are curious to know more, then put the date in your diary. Barbara and I will be in situ demonstrating our techniques and we will be happy to chat to visitors and answer any questions about our work.


  1. PAVARD Blanche says

    Just happened to discover your work. So wonderful !
    Thank you for your art.
    Best wishes for Xmas and for the coming new year,
    Blanche (from France).

  2. Lynn Stevens says

    Your art is absolutely fascinating! I found it on Pinterest While looking for something else. It is beautiful!

  3. Jacky Ward Lomax says

    Absolutely love your work.

  4. rebecca macnaughton says

    I am blown away by how beautiful your work is. I want ALL of it!

  5. Are you still only shipping in the UK? I just found you, love everything you do and am disappointed I could not purchase.

    • Rachel Wright says

      Hi Jean, I’ve replied to you via e-mail.Hope you’ve received that. Thanks for your lovely comment.Rachel.

  6. Frances Wells says

    Hi Rachel
    I wonder if you have anything planned for 2021? I have one of your works donated by the family of a dear friend of mine who we said ‘goodbye’ to today. She bought it from Waterperry Art Shop which I visit frequently as it is not far from my home. I would dearly love to see more of your work perhaps when Bucks Art Week restarts or anywhere in Bucks, Berks, Herts or of course Oxfordshire.
    Thank you

    • Rachel Wright says

      Hi Frances, Thanks for your message. I’m sorry to hear about your friend. I have several exhibitions coming up this year. There is a new show starting later this week at The Buckinghamshire Craft Guild at Stoke Mandeville which has several pieces of mine. Then in June I will be taking part in Bucks Art Weeks and I’m working on about 10 new pieces for that. Then in Oct I am the featured artist at the Woburn festival of visual arts. Do get in touch if you’d like any further information about any of these. Rachel .

  7. Do you ever have any exhibitions in and around Lincolnshire?

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