RHStewart (Rachel) is a narrative illustrator based in Edinburgh. She collaborates with individuals, families, and communities helping to preserve their stories. Her work features in several private autobiographical publications as well as in children’s books and puzzles for escape games.
Rachel also works as a mixed-media craft designer and maker with her Gran, Margaret, trading as Woolly Gran. Their family business was originally developed as an outlet for Margaret, who is an avid knitter and inspiration to Rachel. Woolly Gran is built on the importance of celebrating, supporting and remembering family and it's steadily growing, offering support to other grandparents around the UK. Rachel is currently developing a range of bespoke family-tree portrait dolls in line with Woolly Gran’s family crafting ethos.
In February 2018, Rachel’s illustrations took to the stage. Her work was donated in support of the charity Haven, in the form of "bold, simple black and white, powerful illustrations" (Jeanné McCartin, Seacoast Online) and for use during Shelter: A One Billion Rising Event, performed at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.
In April 2018, she volunteered with The Gambia Project, in collaboration with Alla Leake Kunda Drum School and The University of Edinburgh's Music In The Community students as set designer for their project, The Tin Forest. In June 2018, she was commissioned to create puppets to work with refugees in Greece, also in conjunction with lecturers and musicians from The University of Edinburgh.
In October 2018 her work will exhibit in Scotland: Art from the City at Coburg House, Edinburgh. She will also be featured in The Edinburgh Art Book, due to be published in May 2019.