Resin is one of the most on trend things in the Instagram world right now, and Rachel Bainbridge has got it going on! Her use of colours and technique sets her apart from the rest, making her pieces irresistible. You can find beautiful pieces for your wall, table and now even your bathroom with the freshly released ‘little resin cup’ soon to hit the virtual shelves. What makes us love Rachel’s story is, just like us, and many other Insta makers, Rachel is a teacher. AND she shares the same love of hand made as we do. Competing against the big guys who mass produce goodies at dirty cheap prices is a tricky thing, but making one off, one of a kind, amazing pieces sets her store apart! Here’s Rachel’s story.
My name is Rachel. I am 31, wife, mum to 3 incredible little children aged almost 5, 2 ½ + 1. I am a qualified art + classroom teacher and emerging artist. I am from Melbourne and love weekend family time and being creative.
I love art. Drawing, painting, getting messy and exploring materials. This passion led me to teaching art and when I started maternity leave in 2011, I began painting at home. What started as a hobby, turned into a few custom artworks for family and friends and has grown into a business which I am very excited about. Art is personal and subjective and I find it incredible that my art is out there in people’s homes across Australia.
Like most of us, it’s always busy. There is always something to do, be that household chores, kinder duties, toilet training toddlers, cooking, cleaning the list goes on and starts all over again the next day! I wouldn’t have it any other way though. The years at home with my children are already flying and it is so important that I am clever with my time and super organised to make sure that I don’t get mummy guilt when I have orders to fill and artworks to create.
My ‘little resin cup’ (is my favourite product from my store). This has been in the works for over 6 months and I am beyond excited to finally release them. They are durable, multifunctional and completely original. Put them in the bathroom with your makeup brushes, use them as a vase, pot a succulent, the list goes on and I am looking forward to seeing how people use and style these little beauties up! It has been a long road and many, many stuff ups along the way but I am so proud to have taken this idea and created a new, original product that I hope everyone will love as much as I do.
I also love creating artwork - working on large scale to create statement pieces that add impact to a room. I am learning more and more everyday about interior design and styling and I can see this coming through as my style is continuously evolving. Oh and the coasters, they are like little pieces of art that are affordable, make a great gift and add colour and a personal touch to any coffee table.
The best thing about having my own business is the adrenalin that consumes me when I am creating an artwork is the best. I am totally myself and in that moment being creative. No washing, nappies, chores, just me and the canvas. I let go of everything. Second best is the goosebumps when someone sees one of my pieces, especially if it is a private commission. That connection they make that cannot be put into words. That is pretty wonderful. Third best is the prospect of this little business becoming my livelihood - flexible work house that enable me to stay at home with my children and the feeling that I am creating a business that enables me to do what I love every day is amazing.
Worst things: I am arty – not business-y so this aspect is all very new and I am definitely learning on the run. Balance is key, and having a husband who is brilliant with a spreadsheet has made things much easier! As with most small businesses, you are constantly striving to keep it viable and competing with mass produced products that can be turned over quickly and cheaply. Don’t get me wrong I love a good Kmart splurge, but there is an appreciation for local, handmade, original products and that is where the true value lies.
Honestly sometimes (I’ve felt like giving up), but only for a split second. It’s challenging, especially learning the hard way and being burnt by the business world. I am also my own worst enemy sometimes – typical perfectionist and control freak. I have had some incredible opportunities come my way and I find it challenging to meet the expectations I place on myself. It’s just me, working solo. I test out colour schemes, create the artwork, hand sand every coaster, wrap, package and send off every order. If you are emailing me I am the one responding. Allowing time to work closely with clients when creating custom art is so important to me – they are investing in a piece that will be in their home and I pride myself in my ability to listen, interpret and create an artwork they fall in love with. All this can get a bit much sometimes, especially in those weeks when little ones are teething, toilet training, waking overnight or have colds. It’s hard. It’s busy. There is never enough time but that’s life isn’t it! If I were to take the art out of my life though I know I would be letting myself down so giving up isn’t an option. Instead I stop, breath, reorganise to get back on track.
Watching my children grow and learn has made me appreciate the little things. Making sure I am present and take it all in – remembering how they talk, play and interact with each other as they are changing so much so quickly. They are energetic, inquisitive and naive to the stresses of the adult world. I aim to capture this in my artwork – the spirit and intrigue, not the stress! For people to look at one of my pieces and for that brief moment, think of nothing else but what they see in front of them. The layers, detail and colour. It is an escape for me when I am making art and I want people to escape when they are viewing it.
Making art makes me happy. I encourage anyone who has that inkling for something more to just go for it. I did and honestly haven’t looked back. I am a negative nelly sometimes and never felt ‘good’ enough but having children and wanting to be the best person I can and set a positive example for them has helped me to let go of so many insecurities. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to take risks. I’m not afraid anymore, of rejection, criticism, they are only words and opinions, and this is especially true in the art world. It is hard to break out and be noticed, but I know that if I stay true to myself, that passion is reflected in what I create. I have had amazing support and nothing but positive responses so far and I am excited for what lies ahead for Rachel Bainbridge Art.
Artworks are all originals and one offs, prices ranging from $95 - $1200+. Coasters are available in sets of 4 ($35) and 6 ($50) and available in a range of colours. My ‘Little resin cup’ is an original design, hand crafted and so far available in 5 colours. RRP $29.95ea. Artwork and homewares are available to purchase from my online store, with free Australia wide shipping on all homewares. Commission artworks and custom homewares are also available so please get in touch via www.rachelbainbridge.com.au
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