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....
decorating slipware at Portway Pottery in Wells,
illustrating books and greetings cards for New Avalonia Designs
and now creating mosaics and painted silks at 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.
Jan is an Aura Soma colour therapist
Berachah Guest House,
is where she has her home and studio.
It is a wonderful B&B and retreat centre situated on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor,which offers a nurturing space to many visitors
from all over the world.
Her silk 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 enamelled. The colour range is huge!
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.