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Rachel Darbourne

Rachel’s work is driven by the desire to reclaim and use a much undervalued material. She views polythene as a ‘fabric’ and whilst on her degree developed a folding technique which turns this two-dimensional, slippery, colourful material into objects that are very intricate, robust and three dimensional. “I wanted to use the material in a way that changed its physical appearance without actually chemically altering it.”

Rachel is passionate about polythene and believes it deserves a much better future than snoozing in landfill sites. Its light weight and beautiful colours make it a perfect material for jewellery and she has created a range of work from small everyday pieces to large one-off statements.

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