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Rachael South

Category: Wood/Textiles
Location: East London
Description: Rachael South was taught chair caning by her father, Terry South, who was an upholsterer. He himself had learned from his father Michael South. Michael had a pedlars licence and caned chairs on the street close to his home in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
Rachael works from her studio in East London restoring caned and rushed antique furniture and modern pieces.  As well as working on all types of woven seating to upholstery, Rachael’s passion is to experiment with a wide range of materials and push the traditional patterns, bringing a more contemporary approach to this traditional and family craft. Materials she uses ranges from traditional rattan chair cane, hand twisted river rushes, Seagrass and Danish paper cord to leather, ribbons and wire.
Rachael has produced pieces for exhibitions, commissions and collaborations with other designers and larger companies and she is a member of The Basket Makers Association.
Website: rachaelsouth.com
Twitter: @south_rachael
Instagram: @rachael_south
Facebook: RachaelSouthUpholstery

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