Rachel O'Connell - ROCWORX
About Rachel O'Connell - ROCWORX
Leather Artisan & Marble Artist, South Devon, England Designing workwear, home accessories, soft furnishings, lighting and vessels. Using a combination of traditional tools, heritage-craft techniques and a contemporary design aesthetic, I create items to last a lifetime, which can be repaired, then passed to future generations, before eventually being composted. Crafting traditionally in this way, is a slow made, considered process, with all my items made to order. Bespoke fit for apparel items, customers choose the leather and linen thread combinations. I marble on leather, goat parchment, sheepskin, cork, linen, paper and card. By incorporating marbling and personalisation, each piece made, is one of a kind. I also work with clients for commissioned designs and collections. The materials I use are sustainable, compostable and ethically sourced, some of which are by-products of the food industry. I work with Devon oak bark veg-tanned leather and Italian veg-tanned leather. Both tanneries use traditional, environmentally conscious processes, much of which are by hand and the skills passed from generation to generation. The leather hides are sourced from local herds, where animal welfare is paramount, each tannery offering transparent supply chains. I also work with veg-tanned Dartmoor sheepskin, British goat parchment, British wool and a variety of organic fabrics, including British oilskin, Portuguese cork, French linen, as well as vintage denim and dead stock designer fabrics. I use repurposed copper thread in my textile work, a by-product of the electrical industry and British metal hard ware, from a foundry in the Midlands and in South Devon.
Bespoke, made to order home accessories, vessels, lighting, soft furnishings and workwear. Commissions undertaken. Hand-crafted, hand cut, hand stitched. Hand tooled, decorative painted and dyed. Marbling Leather, Textiles, Paper, Card. Materials: Devon Oak Bark Veg-Tanned Leather. Veg-Tanned Dartmoor Sheepskin Italian Veg-Tanned Leather Organic British Oilskin British Wool French Linen Organic Portuguese Cork Vintage and Designer Dead Stock Fabrics.