Rachel Carter, Fine Art, 2007

What Rachel is doing now

Rachel designs and creates sculptural pieces for the garden or landscape setting using woven materials such as copper, willow and bronze. She works out of a studio based at The Harley Foundation, part of the Ducal Estate of Welbeck, North Nottinghamshire and is part of the group 'Harley Studio Makers'.

How Derby impacted on Rachel’s career

After graduating from BA (Hons) 3D Sustainable Design and Practice in 2007, Rachel set up Shed 2 Studios in Ilkeston, naming the studios after the ‘sheds’ at Britannia Mill.

In 2010 Rachel exhibited at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time and was commissioned (along with fellow Fine Art graduate Laura Ellen Bacon) to create ‘Linking Forms’ the outdoor sculpture sited at entrance of University’s Kedleston Road site.

Rachel exhibited again at RHS Chelsea in 2013 using bronze in her work for the first time. The sculpture was commissioned for permanent installation by Derwent Valley Heritage at Belper River Gardens (part of Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage site) and was installed in 2014.

What would you say to anyone thinking of studying at Derby?

“The University of Derby is a fantastic place to study, and found the three years flew by and the degree gave me the foundations I needed to be able to grow a successful international business. It's a friendly place with great facilities, supportive faculty and most importantly I felt at home and met some amazing people.”

Read more about Rachel’s work here

Rachel's beautiful unique bronze sculpture was officially unveiled at Belper River Gardens, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.
Rachel with one of the ‘pods’ installed at the Persimmon Homes site, Mickleover.