Who is Rachel Doller?
I'm a mixed media artist based in Fremantle, Western Australia. With bold use of shape, texture and colour, my works are abstract with a strong graphic feel.
My compositions, whether they be considered or experimental arrangements, feature a variety of media including acrylic paint, cut paper, digital print, photography and printmaking.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design) from RMIT in 2000 and I have worked as a Graphic Designer in Melbourne, Edinburgh & Perth for over 15 years. When my husband and I moved to WA in 2014 I returned to my visual art practice and have found a true connection to not only my environment but to the local community.
What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by my surroundings; the bush, the beach & the urban landscape. I love colour and the emotional connections it creates. Textural elements (natural or man made) and shape also play an important role. Often the process of creation is all the inspiration I need.
A big shout out to my mum, the master patchworker, who is a constant influence. Her beautiful creations featuring pattern and colour and hours and hours of work, are such an inspiration.
What excited you about being involved with The ANJELMS Project?
Firstly the opportunity to work with someone as motivated and empowering as Gaelle is amazing! From a few simple mixed media compositions to where we are today, this collaboration has totally blown me away. She is extremely positive and inspiring with her we can do anything attitude! Gaelle works so hard not only her business but the local community and has been so very encouraging of my art.
Secondly, to see my designs printed, stitched and made into clothes by The Stitching Project in Pushkar, India is so exciting! They do such an amazing job and its great to see clothes being produced in a responsible and sustainable way. I visited Pushkar almost 15 years ago and it's such an amazing place. The fact that the clothes have been produced in a place that had such an impact on me means a lot.