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.
Design Collaborations and Commissions
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, Los Angeles.
In Europe, Fitzpatrick has worked closely with French design companies to create massive installations for car manufacturer Peugeot’s flagship showrooms on the Champs Elysee, 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 Biennale, Italy. In New York, she was invited to collaborate with Wallpaper* and Bergdorf Goodman to create an installation for New York Design Week. Closer to home she has worked with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DDCOI) to create lighting sculptures SHOWCASE Ireland Design event in Dublin.
All this would not have been possible without the sponsorship and support of the following organisations.
Fitzpatrick is committed to supporting the strategic development of the arts sector in Northern Ireland 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 international partnerships.
Fitzpatrick is regularly invited to deliver, mentor and assess undergraduate art and design courses at the University Ulster supporting both creativity and business development.