A few months ago I started chatting to Rachael Lee on Instagram. I saw her art and loved what she was creating. There was one in particular that I saw, a Lino print, it was just the feel I was searching for as a screen print. Straight away I could see this pattern or something similar, on garments, especially on organic cotton jersey in a Bestowed collection. The textures were amazing and I loved that it was from a handmade process. I also connected with Rachael over native flora, we both notice all the trees around us and that inspires what we create.
This flowering Gum tree (in the pics below) is one that Rachael loves watching go through all it's stages. The flower from this tree is actually featured in the artwork.
It seemed perfect timing that we were to meet as we were on a Gum Tree theme with the RANT collection, and a Bestowed print following also with a flowering gum felt right.
Rachael already owned a few of our printed Bestowed tops, so it was great that our collaboration had her creating the print and we would put it on fabric then garments that she would enjoy wearing. So Treasured Gems as a textile form of art was born.
Below is Rachael Lee in her studio (with Rylee the cat) and her pics and words about the process of Treasured Gems
An edition of prints is created by re-inking the block each time after running it through the press until the desired number of prints is achieved. The prints need to dry, then are flattened under pressure before being numbered and signed by the artist.
The pic above is Rachael in her treehouse studio with the etching press.
And below is from our meeting at our studio when Rachael visited. I could not stop feeling the texture of the Lino. I'm a tactile person and having a print born of such a tactile process was exciting.
The fabric has finally been finished and yesterday I got to see it and feel it, beautiful!
Now to sampling and one more pattern as there are some new shapes coming as well as a couple of faithful ones returning. The photoshoot is on 11th November so I will share some behind the scenes pics after that date.
Late November the garments will be available to purchase along with some handmade cards by Rachael and some of her limited edition prints of Treasured Gems.