It has been so inspiring to get acquainted with this bisqueware pottery! Sketching and applying underglazes as well as the sheer surprise of how each came out of the kiln was an experience in itself! Each piece of pottery is one of a kind! Whether you choose to use them for functionality, mounting on a wall, or displaying on a perfectly perched shelf, it’s up to you! It was a pure pleasure creating each one, and I hope they will bring that same joy to you!
Rachel Cordaro started off with just a few cards in our MacKenzie-Childs Department. Our customers loved them! We quickly expanded her selection and her art pieces have developed quite the following! Rachel’s brand is now one of our top 50 vendors!! Out of the 1,000s of brands we carry her art and vision is really speaking to our guests! We love supporting local artists and are thrilled by Rachel’s success. Our MacKenzie-Childs manager asked her some behind the easel questions to find out about the blooming success of her floral art.
What’s your current inspiration?
My current inspiration has truly been the gift of being an artist for a living. I draw my creativity from the settled heart that can create any time it wants to and that is a beautiful thing! Sometimes my weeks are packed with errands, deadlines or on occasion hoisting up art tents, while schlepping artwork here and there but I do it with a smile and a Starbucks if I can juggle it. The majority of days I experience the things dreams are made of at home in my art studio. The walls are a Hydrangea blue with morning light pouring in. Not a huge space but those 4 walls nurture a special place that I can paint, stare at a half finished painting in my comfy chair with a mug up to my lips thinking what stroke I should make next. I’m happiest in messy clothes, messy bun and paintbrush in hand whether it’s on canvas or pottery! Some days I don’t go in my studio to work I spend the day reading, walking through nature, or soaking in some sun and laughs with the people I love! I live by this motto…"Leave room for inspiration and the mood to create will present itself!" I am truly getting to do what I believe I was made to do and that is create art!
You offer your art so many ways! What’s your favorite medium or piece of work?
My favorite medium is defiantly heavy bodied acrylic paint! I love the way it mixes with other colors on my pallet, the thick layers sit atop the canvas giving another dimension to my florals! Some of my favorite colors include Bronze yellow, Parchment, Mississippi mud and Midnight Garden. My favorite piece of artwork I have ever painted is a large magnolia painting that hangs in my art studio called “Flower Market” I guess I like it because it was one of my first Magnolia paintings I ever did and they are my favorite blossom!
Why do you like selling at Parkleigh?
I love selling at Parkleigh because their boutique carries lots of the things I love! I grew up coming to Parkleigh and was dazzled by the character of the building. Everyone can agree it’s a treat to walk out of Parkleigh with a bag in hand, it just makes you feel happy! I can’t believe I am now one of Parkleigh’s top 50 vendors!
Today I went to my shop in Greece NY. The Shops on West Ridge 3200 West Ridge Rd. and Spring-DIFIED it!!! I am looking forward to the warmth of the future months and even tho I have been sooooo busy creating during these looooong winter months it some how didn’t feel like work at all! I am stocked up with tons of paintings, prints, greeting cards, table linens, hand painted pottery and pillow covers! I also have a wonderful variety of Cordell’s work in the shop as well! With Easter and Mothers Day around the corner there is something here for all your special people!!! Hours are Thursdays- Sundays 10am.-6pm. Happy Spring Everyone!!!
It has been so fulfilling to follow my dream creating new functional accents for the home! Most recently I have come up with six different table runners for another crowd pleaser…I mean who doesn’t love a good table runner? I had so many requests for them and after creating my first batch of the rectangle table clothes I quickly was made aware that woman LOVE to dress up their kitchen and dinning tables! It’s no wonder the kitchen is the heart of the home and my heart was poured into every brush stroke and color choice that made up these textiles! Each table cloth and runner has been machine printed making them super durable (not hand painted) made from waterproof high quality polyester fabric and is machine washable and dryable, steam iron on backside. these new creations make the perfect final touch to any table setting! Casual, charming, elegant and cheerful there is a design for everyone! Stay tuned for round table clothes coming soon! Click here to shop table runners!
I recently visited the Shops on West Ridge as I have several times before, but on this visit a new and fresh idea popped in my mind! Perhaps it would be a fun adventure to rent a spot to sell all things Rachel! I quickly asked for some info and the next day found myself shaking hands with the owner to start as soon as May 2018! I am excited to see if this is a good fit for me. So I hope you'll come see my space and tell your friends too! Here is a little about it, The Shops on West Ridge is a fun and unique shopping destination for any and all hunts for treasures from vintage white milk glass to wood farm tables or that nostalgic something from a special time in your past! With 200 shops on two levels and a friendly environment you'll be happy you checked it out! I like that it provides a place for people to come see what I have in between my art festivals and a convenient place for quick gift ideas etc. Their hours of operation are Th-Sun 10am-6pm. You can find my space on the first floor make a right when you walk in front doors and I am #304.
to see more on the Shops on West Ridge Click Here!
HI Everyone! I trust you are having a beautiful winter! This winter has seemed a little more nostalgic and bright to me! The Sunny days mixed with confectionary sugar snowfalls is the stuff Hallmark movies are made of. I know that sooner or later I'll trade in my cheerful outlook and duck boots with a plea for the smell of Australian Gold sun tan oil and 80 degree weather. No worries tho! I got ya covered...Throughout the long winter my website will have a large amount of original artwork for sale here along with lots of other goodies such as my pillow covers, prints and collaborations between Cordell Cordaro and I. Stay well and have a very Happy New Year!
See you soon this summer!
Sincerely, Rachel xo
There's a saying you eat with your eyes first! Well I happen to think you sleep with your eyes first! That's why I wanted to create a line of euro style bed shams/throws that married colors and textures that made me wanna hibernate! I am a floral paintress and it is my passion to bring to you a custom mix of dreamy flowers with rich colors. My new shams are the perfect addition to your bedroom and living room! These new 26"x26" pillow covers are much larger than the previous ones I have available. A cotton polyester blend is the perfect texture to introduce these shams to complement stone washed linen bedding as seen is my photos! It has been so fulfilling to see this dream come true. My vision soon became reality with the diligence and passion fueled by a supportive husband, family and friends! I can't wait to continue pursuing more home accent possibilities in the future!
A very Special thanks goes out to My husband Cordell without you I couldn't have done this. You were my sanity and my bridge! Thanks for listening to me mull over ideas and weigh options to myself aloud in hopes you heard in detail all I was saying, even the words I was thinking and expecting a swift respond like all woman do...
Mom for being my biggest fan and jumping up and down with me when I showed you the finished product!
Faith for having Faith!
My friends for celebrating with me throughout the process and making it feel super special!
Gigi thank you for the Starbucks, admiration and love you have given me!
Kate Foster for making the final part of this operation magical and capturing my vision with your trusty Canon!
A few weeks back as I sat with a cup of coffee the mood to create a new business opportunity struck! I was scrolling through instagram and a beautifully curated home interior page caught my eye! I immediately felt the need to reach out to her and ask if she would be open to a collaboration! To my surprise Angela of AngelasCozyHome wrote me wright back eagerly willing to accept my offer! Here are a handful of images taken by Angela of her daughters beautiful new room that has my Iris painting in them! The best part is I made a new friend and her favorite flower is the Iris a special flower she holds dear to her heart!
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I am beyond thrilled to tell you that I have made a fantastic connection to a lovely florist shop called Morrice Florist on Martha's Vineyard MA. My original artwork will be available for purchase at this adorable shop! click here to see Morrice Florist
I am welcoming 2017 with a Sun filled studio and the mentalitiy that the sky is the limit! Here's to being FOCUSED, FEMALE & FIERCE!!!
Watch Cordell and my interview about the breast cancer donation we created together for the 2016 ARTrageous Affair that was recently auctioned off for the cause!!
This video was created by the people listed below!
It was a pleasure to work with each of them and the Gala was a true success and we accomplished what we set out to do! Make a painting that raised lots of money for the BCCR and made people smile!
The Martino Flynn team consisted of:
Charlotte McCabe – Group Creative Director
John Marianetti – Executive Producer/Director
Drew Damtoft – Video Editor
Lisa Hare – Associate Creative Director
Matt D’Angleo – Digital Creative Director
Production partner was Aaron Gordon/ Director of Photography, Optic Sky Productions.
2016 Homearama is produced by the Rochester Home Builders Association. This years home tour will be located at Wilshire Hill Pittsford, NY.
Cordell and I were asked to be a part of the 2016 Homearama and when we heard what Jennifer from Aristo Company Home Builders had to say we were THRILLED!!!
Her vision was to have an art studio in their model home 20 Aden Hill Pittsford, NY to be exact! Cordell and I had a blast claiming a room for a his and her art studio! This particular home has lots of Rochester artist's works adorning the space making it truly a unique home viewing experience! Don't miss out Homearama is July 15th-24th.