Rachel Silver is a visual artist, designer and art educator specialising in community mosaics.
She holds a diploma in Craft Design from her native New Zealand in Glass and Ceramics. She received a Crafts Council Start Up Award to produce her own range of hand painted ceramics, which sold though shops and galleries throughout the country.
She came to Europe curious in the art of mosaic and how to merge mosaic techniques with ceramics. There she met and trained in glass mosaic making with French Architect Pierre Mesguich, manufacturing large scale works for prestigious commercial interiors in London, Paris and Barcelona.
Rachel then decided London was her city and set up a mosaic studio in the vibrant East End where she produced site-specific commissions for landscape architects, commercial spaces and private residents.
Her practice began to lean more towards the public realm so she trained for an NVQ Level 3 in Urban Art Forms and a foundation certificate in Art Therapy.
Nowadays she is involved with varous communities on educational and social projects focusing on combining urban art interventions and contemporary and traditional mosaic techniques. She has recently returned from a year in Latin America facilitating arts projects in poor communities as well as participating in international collaborative art projects.
Rachel's work can be viewed around East London including bars in Dalston and Whitechapel, Benches in Green Street Newham and murals and sculptures in Bow.