Northern Irish artist and designer Rachel Fitzpatrick works at the interface between art and design using a variety of tactile materials to create wonderfully playful one-off installations and limited edition pieces for corporate and private interiors and special events. Taking much of her inspiration from the magnificent sea and landscapes of her native Ireland, Rachel Fitzpatrick’s objects have a fluid, often amorphous visual quality redefining their purpose and shapes whether they are used as decorative lighting, wall and floor coverings, body adornment or children’s toys. In keeping with the deep-rooted crafts heritage of a rural society Rachel loves working with her hands enjoying the challenge of transforming heavy-duty industrial textiles and fabrics into magically beautiful commissioned works of art or affordable design products.
Rachel Fitzpatrick has worked with a variety of creative clients across the globe. In the United States she has worked alongside award winning interior designers to create pieces for the rich and famous. A career highlight was an invitation to create huge lighting sculpture for The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural show house in Century City, LA.
In Europe, Fitzpatrick has worked closely with French design companies to create massive installations for car manufacturer Peugeot’s flagship showrooms on the Champs Elysees, Paris, and the Unter den Linden, Berlin. In Ireland her work as been collected by private clients and can be viewed in Michelin star restaurants in Dublin.
Fitzpatrick has been invited to showcase her work at many global design and trade events from Maison et Objet in Paris, 100% Tokyo in Japan and the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy. In New York, she was invited to collaborate with Wallpaper* and Bergdorf Goodman to create an installation for New York Design Week.
Regionally, Fitzpatrick has developed a socially engaged strand to her practice delivering art & craft workshops within a gallery setting or for large council events. During the covid lockdowns she partnered with FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, in Banbridge, to deliver a free digital series of children’s craft workshops to help fuel creativity at home.
Fitzpatrick is regularly invited to deliver, mentor and assess undergraduate art and design courses at the University Ulster supporting both creativity and business development. Most recently she was invited to assist in portfolio reviews for national graduate event, New Designers.
Fitzpatrick is committed to supporting the strategic development of the arts sector in Northern Ireland, currently sitting on the boards of both Craft NI and Thrive. She is particularly interested in championing the importance of collaboration across the arts and cultural sectors, cultivating business opportunities and developing new audiences for the creative sectors.
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I have a social strand to my practise which enables me to facilitate regional workshops for large communities events or work with local art organisations to curate workshops for their programme of either children or adults.
Over the Covid lockdowns I partnered with the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge to secure funding from the Arts Council of NI and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council to create a free series of digital workshops for children which can be found on my YouTube Channel (see link