Despite working in two very different mediums, textiles and sculpture, a distinctive illustrative style runs through all of Rachel Sumner’s work. Rachel first began experimenting with textiles whilst studying for a BA Hons. in Fine Art at Maidstone in Kent, using felt making, dyeing and weaving to express her ideas. Being a collector by nature, she is constantly finding fabric to use, from tiny pieces that would otherwise be discarded to vintage remnants. She layers, stitches and embroiders these to create her nautical inspired textile pictures.
The same intuitive technique is used when creating her sculptures. Living in North Devon, she finds the beaches a rich source of inspiration and objects, making use of the jetsam of life washed up on the shores by winter storms. Her sculptures of ships and birds are bursting with character and clever uses of materials- old worn-out paintbrushes become the legs of a flying wading bird, with rusted rivets becoming it’s eyes.
Rachel has exhibited widely across the UK, and her work has been featured in ‘Embroidery’, the Embroiderers Guild magazine, and Devon Life magazine.

1597C Cigne Noir Trawler – Rachel Sumner
1597C Cigne Noir Trawler – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 65cm x 75cm x 7cm
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£450.00 Add to cart
1568C Pink Pigeon – Rachel Sumner
1568C Pink Pigeon – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 28cm x 18cm x 3cm
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1561C London Boat – Rachel Sumner
1561C London Boat – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 55cm x 33cm x 4cm
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1566C Head in the Clouds – Rachel Sumner
1566C Head in the Clouds – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 55cm x 65cm x 4cm
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£260.00 Add to cart
1567C Mr Chips – Rachel Sumner
1567C Mr Chips – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 21cm x 21cm x 3cm
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£85.00 Add to cart
1562C Blackbird I – Rachel Sumner
1562C Blackbird I – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 14cm x 16cm x 3cm
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1563C Blackbird II – Rachel Sumner
1563C Blackbird II – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 25cm x 14cm x 3cm
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1564C Green Trawler – Rachel Sumner
1564C Green Trawler – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 61cm x 45cm x 6cm
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£270.00 Add to cart
1565C Green Woodpecker – Rachel Sumner
1565C Green Woodpecker – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 50cm x 16cm x 3cm
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1598C Red and White Boat – Rachel Sumner
1598C Red and White Boat – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 49cm x 80cm x 10cm
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1599C Paintbrush and Paddle Bird – Rachel Sumner
1599C Paintbrush and Paddle Bird – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood and mixed media sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 98cm x 72cm x 5cm
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£290.00 Add to cart
1338C Dove Piebald – Rachel Sumner
1338C Dove Piebald – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 26cm x 25cm x 5cm
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1339C Pigeon on the Wing – Rachel Sumner
1339C Pigeon on the Wing – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 24cm x 18cm x 5cm
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£140.00 Add to cart
1342C Puffin – Rachel Sumner
1342C Puffin – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 39cm x 28cm x 5cm
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£140.00 Add to cart
1344C Looking For Worms – Rachel Sumner
1344C Looking For Worms – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 24cm x 12 x 3cm
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1345C Long Legs  – Rachel Sumner
1345C Long Legs – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 40cm x 26cm x 6cm
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£220.00 Add to cart
1348C Roller – Rachel Sumner
1348C Roller – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 18cm x 23cm x 3cm
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£80.00 Add to cart
1337C Moorhen – Rachel Sumner
1337C Moorhen – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 29cm x 18cm x 2cm
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1349C Black Headed Gull – Rachel Sumner
1349C Black Headed Gull – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 18cm x 20cm x 5cm
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1340C Hoopoe – Rachel Sumner
1340C Hoopoe – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 68cm x 13cm x 3cm
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1347C The Suitor – Rachel Sumner
1347C The Suitor – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 16cm x 23cm x 3cm
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1346C Boat – Rachel Sumner
1346C Boat – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 71cm x 74cm x 5cm
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1341C Kingfisher – Rachel Sumner
1341C Kingfisher – Rachel Sumner

Painted driftwood sculpture (Includes fixture for wall hanging)

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Dimensions: 20cm x 7cm x 3cm
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