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My Story

RACHEL O'CONNELL
I am the founder and designer-maker at ROCWORX. I am a marble artist and leatherworker, working with sustainable materials, some of which are byproducts of the food industry. I have a background and love of textile art, sewing, printing and creative art, all of which influence my designs.
I live in a rural community in South Devon, between the moors and and the beach. Working from my small studio workshop, I work with a variety of textiles; leather, sheepskin, goatskin, wool, vintage denim and organic cork, linen and oilskin. 

ROCWORX was born from a desire to create beautiful, simple, yet practical items, to wear and use in the home. Each item is hand-crafted, using traditional tools, heritage-craft techniques and ethically-sourced, sustainable materials. 
Crafting traditionally, is a slow process, with items made to order. 

Amber the Sprollie, Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

Leather is a beautiful, yet practical material.  Each hide is unique in character, often with marks and tonal colourations, each one always different to the next.  It ages over time, its patina deepening, the leather becoming softer, moulding to the wearer and to its use.  Leather, when cared for, can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. All items made, can be repaired, or repurposed, before finally being composted.  If you want to know more about the leather process, I've popped a bit more information in my Leather and Leather Care page.

Marbling, using traditional Turkish and Japanese techniques, I now prefer a more organic outcome, where I allow the inks to move in the moment, settling in abstract, nature inspired patterns. As well as marbling paper and card, I incorporate marbling into my textile items and art work.

In a fast world, ROCWORX is the quiet voice saying,
slow made, it’s worth the wait
ROC ❤︎