My name is Rachel Alveston, and I am a self taught embroidery artist and patch maker, from Wirral, United Kingdom.
I create wearable works of art, in the form of patches, using hand embroidery and sometimes free-motion embroidery, with my domestic Bernina sewing machine.
My process and style have taken years of trial and error to develop. As I am self taught, I tend not to follow what would be considered 'proper technique'. Instead, I like to approach each embroidery as if it were an illustration. Each piece starts as a pencil drawing in my sketchbook, and after it has been transferred to fabric, I colour the piece with thread as if I were putting ink to paper.
I am inspired by a lot of things, but I have a great love for all things horror, the riot grrrl movement and cats in particular.
BECOME A PATRON
I first turned to embroidery in 2014, after the sudden death of a loved one and after being diagnosed with a myriad of chronic and debilitating illnesses.
Embroidery quickly transformed from a therapeutic activity, to a full time passion for me, and in 2015, after losing my job, it became my career.
While I love what I do, being self employed while also being chronically ill can be incredibly challenging. I am not able to work regular hours due to the unpredictable nature of my illness and there's often more bad days than good.
If you enjoy my work and would like to support this chronically ill artist further, you can join my patreon for $1+ a month. This provides me with a small amount of guaranteed monthly income (which helps me out immensely) and in return for pledging, you receive an unlimited 10% discount code to use on all items listed here and in my etsy shop.
Visit patreon.com/radpatchco to sign up.