Narrative Histories and Illustration

Rachel is a personal historian and narrative illustrator. She launched her business in 2017 with support from The Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise Programme and is currently being mentored by Roger Candy. She collaborates with people all over the world and is a fierce advocate for skill-sharing and storytelling. Her work helps individuals, families, and communities preserve their stories. Her illustrations feature in private autobiographical publications, art books, children’s story books and as puzzle concept art for escape games.

Review from Melissa Davis:

I was absolutely delighted to find Rachel. For some time (a couple of years), I had been trying to create a book about my dad's life but was struggling to do this myself. Rachel offered a number of ways to do this and showed me some beautiful examples.

We decided upon illustrations every couple of chapters, to bring the words my dad had written to life. These drawings were based either on photographs that I supplied or were drawn by Rachel, using my dad's words and her wonderful talent.

The whole process was really enjoyable. Rachel kept me up to date via email and face-to-face meetings. She would email me proofs and be very open to any changes I requested (not that I requested many as the illustrations were pretty much perfect each time).

I actually felt quite emotional when she handed me the finished book. It was so thoughtfully put together. My Dad was blown away. It is such a personal, special item to keep in our family and I know we will treasure it for many years.

I can't recommend Rachel highly enough - extremely talented, professional and completely lovely! Thank you, Rachel!

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