Rachel studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton.
In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and is currently President.
Since leaving college, she has worked as a self-employed bookbinder undertaking a wide variety of projects and commissions from her studio in East Sussex. She teaches bookbinding at her studio and other venues including West Dean College, Chichester.
Although a large proportion of her current work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, her main interest remains centred around the creation of designed fine bindings.
Texture, both natural and manufactured, has been a recurring influence on her work. Recently she has been concentrating on this element of design, impressing found objects into leather creating unpredictable and tactile results.