I am Rachel Harries, an old hermit living in Barry (made famous by "Gavin and Stacey") South Wales UK. I love all things psychological, physiological, spiritual, artistic and natural. I am fascinated by the natural rhythms of all things and the interweaving patterns of life and the universe.

My earliest memories are of making things with my grandparents who were both very creative and as children our hands were never idle, my Grandfather taught me to knit and both grandparents encouraged me to paint and create at every opportunity and it’s remained a part of my life in varying degrees.

I love all crafts, painting and drawing are what I do the most of and I’m currently teaching on an online art journal course which is something very close to my heart. I also paint for a small business which is an absolute joy, mainly small series of watercolour or mixed media pieces. I am a huge fan of yarn and fabric crafts and have, I am very happy plonked in front of the tv with a hook and yarn to while away an evening. I also enjoy incorporating crafts, like adding stitchwork to papercrafts, paintings or journals. Or adding pieces of dyed fabric or pieces of beadwork its lovely being able to intermingle different media.

I love all kinds of media as well as my paint and paint brushes, I love die cutting and stamping, it fabulous to see how many different designs you can make from one product. My inspiration comes from the world around me, it may be a visit to a museum or a lovely walk, a colour pallete someone has used in their wallpaper, sometimes a book I’m reading, a poem or a song. I also like to look at other artists stories, and artwork.

I am always interested in new opportunities and experiences, so becoming part of hobbybase's Design Team, foots the bill perfectly!! I look forward to sharing my makes and what I learn about new products with you and revisiting favourites and essentials.

You can follow me on Instagram @racheleharries, on Facebook @thoughtfuldesignx and on my blog at https://www.thoughtfuldesignblog.wordpress.com


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