Rachel Ward
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Rachel Ward

Textile DesignerNottingham, United Kingdom
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Rachel Ward

Textile DesignerNottingham, United Kingdom
About me
Recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, Rachel prides herself on creating innovative designs that address contemporary problems. Through embroidery, Rachel is able to push three dimensional design, creating tactile work suitable for installation or high fashion. This is coupled with a strong love of computer aided design and photography, making for a imaginative, bold designs. Digital design is essential in ensuring her work is ever evolving and relevant to todays current design climate. Centering a lot of her work around problem solving has led Rachel towards a strong interest in Smart Textiles. By working in a cross disciplinary style Rachel is able to develop ambitious projects, working successfully with a variety of people. Rachel's is keen to work with innovative brands and individuals who strive to push the boundaries of design, developing work with a purpose.
Projects
  • CHAMO
    CHAMORSA Materials World Competition: A research based project working in collaboration with Julia Parsonage (print student) in which we were shortlisted and attended an interview with the panel of judges to discuss the project further. "A product proposal to revolutionise fashion with colour and pattern changing clothes which eliminates the need for textile dyeing."
  • POD
    PODAn installation project designed to inspire creativity and imagination post COVID-19. POD is centred around providing a safe space for people to meet and interact in using sensors, light and projection. The pandemic has negatively impacted many people’s lives including those between the ages of 18-24 causing them to feel anxious and lost. POD aims to provide a safe space where the users can be transported to a world of wonder and technicolour to help improve their mental health. This project w
  • Outside Under
    Outside UnderOutside Under is a site specific installation project set in one of London’s busiest tube stations: London Bridge. With the aim of improving commuter wellness to help promote productivity and positivity. Inspired by London landscapes and iconic buildings, by bringing the outside to the underground commuters will be able to feel the magic of London, even in it's darkest spots.
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Work history
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    Wedding dress seamstress apprenticeAngel Face Bridal Studio
     - Newton Abbot, United KingdomInternship
Education
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    MA Textile Design InnovationNottingham Trent University
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Soon to start on the fulltime MA Textile Design Innovation at Nottingham Trent where I will be refining my craft and furthering my knowledge on sustainable social development and colour theory.
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    BA Textile DesignNottingham Trent University
     - Nottingham, United Kingdom
    During the course of my BA I gained strong embroidery and multi-media skills working in a cross disciplinary style. I also developed excellent CAD skills learning most Adobe platforms both taught and self taught. My love for colour and social sustainability was advanced, becoming an integral part of my design work.
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Awards
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    Shortlisted Certification RSA Student Design AwardsRoyal Society of Arts
    This was a collaborative project where I worked alongside another student to create CHAMO. The brief was to use biophilia to help solve a social problem. We found that the colour changing properties found in nature could be used in clothing to help eliminate the need for textile dying, thus reducing the need for fast fashion and the effects of textile dye pollution.
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    Sustainability in Practice Certificate FinalistNottingham Trent University
    For this award I submitted a proposal for reducing the need for fast fashion by having a capsule wardrobe and an accompanying piece of technology that helps decide outfits for you each day to help make the most of your wardrobe.