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My Story

RACHEL O'CONNELL
Hello. 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 in, and love for, 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 the beach with my family and beloved pets. Working from my small studio workshop, I work with a variety of textiles, many saved from landfill; leather, sheepskin, goatskin, wool, vintage denim and organic cork, linen and oilskin. I marble on hand made paper, made using recycled cotton from the fashion industry. I use found objects to marble; glassware from vintage stores, or reclaimed from charity. If new, I source from glass makers here in the UK. 

ROCWORX was born from a desire to create beautiful, simple, yet practical items, to wear and use in the home. Following the principles of William Morris “form follows function”, 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. Limited batch runs are offered on products and art and these are marked Ready To Ship, which can be personalised and shipped within 7 days. 

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

My first love for marbling will always be on paper. I started using leather in my designs over a decade ago and marbling on hides over six years ago.  Leather is a beautiful, yet robust, 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 back to the soil.  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 adding copper thread for textural interest, repurposed from electrical wire, destined for landfill. 

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