A fascination with local buildings has led Rachel Busch to research their history as well as interpreting their beauty and uniqueness.
‘Some of these buildings are so well known and used, yet very often, overlooked. I wanted to stop, appreciate them properly, get to know every curve, brick, nook and cranny and try to impress that feeling of architectural awe into every print I make.’
Each proposed project starts by sketching and photographing a chosen building at different times of the day and night. A sketch of Voysey House became a detailed drawing, then the lengthy process of cutting, inking, wiping and masking the 'block' starts. Finally the creation of an edition by hand burnishing each print with a Japanese baren, one unique print at a time.
Rachel studied Illustration at Maidstone College of Art in the 1980s. After graduating she went freelance, focusing mainly on editorial illustration. A short course in Printmaking at The Curwen Print Study Centre, inspired her to focus on producing prints from her home studio.
Rachel was selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018 and has been shortlisted this year. Her work is in many private collections in the UK and USA.