Jan Billings Rachel Reilly
Jan trained at Hornsey College of Art, now Middlesex University and The Royal College of Art, London, studying Printed and Woven Textiles
Her working life has revolved around all aspects of art and creativity....
from running a pottery, a typesetting and graphics business, New Avalonia Designs and now
Facets of Avalon
Jan lives in Glastonbury, where the surrounding mystical landscape has been her inspiration.
Its influence is evident in much of her work.
Berachah, is where she has her home and studio.
It is also a wonderful B&B and retreat centre
on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor,
which offers a nurturing space to many visitors from all over the world.
Her meditation panels and wall hangings are displayed in all the Guest rooms
Rachel trained at Sir John Cass College, London...
seen by many as one of the best jewellery / silversmithing schools in the country
As an undergraduate she discovered small reels of colourful wires in a broken television. From that day her exploration of the material has never ceased
Rachel has developed her distinctive and very stylish interwoven wire technique for the last twenty years.
The copper wire Rachel uses, is lacquer coated. The lacquer is available in many colours.
Because Rachel can interweave three or four strands together at a time, the colour combinations are endless. Colour changes within the pieces, therefore can be very dramatic or subtle, depending upon what is required.
She supplies both her own outlet, Facets of Avalon in Glastonbury and galleries around the UK,
her client base is international.