Christmas Blue Magpie – Artist Profile: Rachael Blakeway

Rachael enjoys both the freedom and the challenge of transforming, upcycling and recycling everyday materials and found objects into quirky mixed media pictures and decorations. A certain shape, texture or colour will spark off an idea of how Rachael can give something that has been discarded a new lease of life.

Used gift wrap and sweet wrappers become fabric for fairy dresses, sails for boats or stained glass windows, empty cotton reels turn into wheels for caravans and a well used scouring pad makes perfect smoke for a chimney or hair!!!

The characters and scenes in Rachael’s pictures are based on her everyday observations of people, and her surroundings in Rhayader and further afield. After playing and assembling my treasure Rachael decorates with bright colours and the transformation is complete.

Rachael’s early years of watching Blue Peter – and later on when She was a student scouting fruitful skips for cheap art materials- have influenced her style of working today minus the tetanus jabs and sticky back plastic!!! Rachael is a true believer of “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

Rachael will be at the market on Saturday only.

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