Oriel Myrddin’s new volunteer, Rachel Vater graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in illustration. She has joined us at Oriel Myrddin Gallery to help us with retail and publicity in our gallery shop.

Rachel has a keen eye for design and colour and was immediately drawn to the beautiful silk scarves we have in stock from designer Rosie Cook.

Rosie is a local textile designer and artist living and working in Pembrokeshire and is also a graduate of Swansea Metropolitan University in Print Design. She has exhibited at a number of high profile exhibitions including Interiors UK and New Designers One Year On. These opportunities have allowed her to gain freelance work and helped launch her printed silk scarves.

The bold and vivid style of Rosie’s prints are fed by her love of colour and pattern and is inspired by her travels as well as the more familiar Pembrokeshire coastline. Rosie’s scarves are designed in Wales and digitally printed in the UK.

Rachel asked Rosie a few questions to find out a little about how she ticks…

What is your dream project?

There’s so much I would like to do! I would love to get back into screen printing and painting directly onto cloth as well as collaborating more with artists and designers. I have been lucky to get some freelance work with Made.com which has seen my designs become real products which is so rewarding and a big dream come true.

Which Superhero would you most like to design a cape/outfit for?

Wonder Woman! Her outfit is iconic so it would be a good challenge.

Worst/most embarrassing/baffling experience so far within the industry?

So far the worst thing is having to split day work with design work. Creating and making takes lots of time and I dream of being able to do it full time. The most baffling although flattering is the few emails I’ve had from students wanting internships. I wish I could help but I feel so new to this industry myself.

Music to work to?/Studio Playlist?

At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Alabama Shakes, Young Fathers and Little Dragon. I also love any dub or reggae. If I can sing along badly all the better!

 

Rachel has another hidden talent – she very kindly modelled some of Rosie’s scarves for us in our recent photo shoot in the gallery studio, we love the images…

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