Rachel Higgins – Metal Sculptor
Rachel Higgins studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University 1990-1993. Whilst there she was influenced by the work of Alexander Calder, Muybridge and The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Those influences along with being brought up on a farm lead to the creation of metal animals, many of which were mechanical. The human/animal relationship is a recurrent theme, as the use of hand cranks suggests.
Rachel uses non ferrous metals in wire and perforated sheet to produce a drawn 3D form and delicate effect. She exhibits all over the country and has run workshops as far away as the Inner Hebrides. She won a travel scholarship whilst at college 1993, First Time Exhibitors Award at Chelsea Crafts Fair in 1999 and The Creative Ambition Award from West Midlands Arts in 2002. Her work has also appeared on Blue Peter!
Her workshop is based in Long Marston, where the animals around her influence her sculptures.
Rachel is married to fellow artist James Fotheringhame and they have two boys, who have brought new animal influences through wildlife parks and rock pooling.
Click the images below to see Rachel’s work