Rachel initially entered the Bachelor of Design at UNSW thinking she would focus on a career in Graphic Design. However upon arrival at UNSW Art & Design's Paddington campus, Rachel realised she could seize opportunities to expand her horizons. The many design disciplines on offer within the degree radically widened her perspective. Over the next few years of undergraduate study, Rachel explored Object, Environments, and Graphic Design. She says that one of the highlights of her degree was the chance to display her major project at the 2013 Annual Graduation Exhibition which was attended by thousands of visitors including potential employers, creative industry leaders, outstanding artists and design practitioners.
Rachel says she “spent the semester developing the final object through research, conceptual development and production, and there was such a thrill and sense of satisfaction seeing the public and design industry peers engage with my work.”
The object to which she refers was a prize-winning series of concrete and timber stools. The concept and outcome was so beautifully realised, it caught the attention of the prestigious international design magazine Wallpaper, when it ran a feature story on international design graduates ‘to watch’. Since graduation, Rachel has opened her own design studio and works as a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.