Friday, 26 February 2010

Through the keyhole: Rachael's studio

Today I have a special treat for you on Paper Flowers: a peek through the keyhole of the studio of super-talented artist Rachael Plummer.

Rachael has the rare ability of creating a distinctive atmosphere wherever she lays her hat (and some very nice hats she has too - appropriately enough for the granddaughter of a miliner). This comes in very handy when fitting out a studio on a budget:

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Rachael's paintings cover the wall and shelf above an Ikea sofa covered with a throw. The mid-century coffee table was a gift from a friend and was originally sold by Terence Conran.

The studio is part of Lewes's former bus station. It used to be the drivers' recreation room and even still has the old dartboard. Tracing paper covers the lower windows, allowing diffused light to filter through:

A bunch of Allen keys are juxtaposed with this painting as an homage to Joseph Beuys:

All the furniture has lived previous lives elsewhere. The sideboard came from the fab furniture recycling warehouse Furniture Now in Lewes.

The painted bench was a gift and the chair and leather suitcase came from skips: 

Nothing is spectacular or showy, but everything has integrity. I have the fanciful sense that somehow, just by having chosen pieces, Rachael imbues them with her own authenticity - not a common talent. The candelabra and jug were both found in skips:

Rachael at work at a trestle table she found on the street:


This scrap of paper contains the fragment of a poem: 'I can't tell if I go into it or against it. What matters is that I go.'

Like the studio, Rachael's paintings have an integrity about them which she calls 'hard won'. They're mainly abstracted landscapes in muted colours.

A painting of two bare birch trees evokes an autumnal brooding. I met the man who bought this the other day - v jealous.

The calm tones of the paintings contrast with Rachael's methods: using knives and implements to scrape and scarify the surfaces.

Plimsolls on an easel are an impromptu assemblage:

Vintage toy plane in an alcove in the wall - planes are one of her recurring obsessions.

The studio is south facing, with one whole wall of windows and the rest painted white, so is flooded with light all day.

Tempted to buy one of these gorgeous pieces? Why not drop Rachael a line at


  1. I have real technical problems leaving comments on blogspots, but meant to say 'Very bautiful'. I am as curious about artists' studios as I am about other people's desks and libraries. Like the artwork very much as well.

  2. Yes, isn't it lovely? I forsee a new blog - Studio Diaries, perhaps?!