Rachel Carter plans for 2018 show

Ilkeston-based artist Rachel Carter and the town’s community champion Kerry Wheatley, are planning to create a show garden at RHS Chatsworth 2018, part of which will afterwards be installed in the Erewash town.

The Winding Garden will have  at its heart a large hand-made cast bronze sculpture as the central feature, surrounded by rolling hills of British wild flowers.

The garden takes inspiration from Derbyshire’s countryside and industrial heritage.

Rachel was born in the county and works from Shed 2 Studios in an old lace making factory in Heanor Road, Ilkeston.

She will be celebrating ten years of professional practice and has decided to create the sculpture for the town to mark the occasion.

The planting materials from the garden will be donated to various community groups such as schools.

The artist creates woven sculptural pieces that demand a second look – and touch – from the viewer. The organic shapes are not crafted from willow, as they appear, but she has developed a method to create the swirling, spherical monuments in bronze, using wax.

Her first bronze piece,  originally exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, can now be seen in the Derwent Valley at Belper River Gardens.

Rachel and Kerry have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to encourage people to get involved with their project and support their plans.

Supporters can choose their level of donation and will receive a reward as thanks for their contribution.

There are a number of levels for donors to get involved starting from £10.

For more details go to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-winding-garden