The beautiful Butterfly Sculpture,created by Rachel Carter,actually made here by her, in front of us in the Digg Cafe early this year.
Now it has been finished its gone to its new home and on Sunday 11th April,it was welcomed by an official Memorial Service into the Memorial Garden at Derby Sands to join the Cacoon,also created by Rachael.The Petals, written with the names of the babies,and placed on these sculptures are a beatifull way of 'acknowledging and remembering all the tiny lives lost through miscarriage'.
Well done Rachel, Trowell was delighted to support you in its making and for such a 'moving subject'! X
11/1/2016,Rachel begins work crocheted synthetic cane through her steel butterfly frame,by using materials with a longevity to ensure this 'scultpture stands the test of time'!
Local Artist Rachel Carter Creates New Butterfly Sculpture in the Digg Cafe, before it is transferred to its new home at the Memorial Garden at Derby Sands, the Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity.
The Derby Sands baby memorial garden was officially opened on 29th June 2014. The central feature of the garden is a beautiful cocoon shaped sculpture bearing name petals of local babies who died before, during or after birth, designed and fabricated by Rachel Carter. Initially, 155 name petals dating back to 1942,were placed on the memorial, this has increased to 275 name petals and the memorial is almost full. Derby Sands have therefore commissioned Rachel to design and fabricate a second sculpture for the garden. Rachel has designed a butterfly sculpture with a 4 meter wing span that will also act as a privacey screen from the rest of the crematorium grounds.
Rachel is very much a local to Trowell as she is actually from Stapleford herself.As a very established artist now, Rachel began her career using mild steel combined with Willow to create large sculptures with her mostly widely known sculpture 'The Willow Grand Sphere' has been exhibited widely including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Kyiv Botanical Gardens. Although Rachel no longer works in willow,the techniques and processes developed with this material has transferred to other more resistant materials. Inspiration for her work comes from geometric patterns found in flowers and plants and the English Countryside.Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and these find their way into Rachel's Sculptures. In 2013, Rachel became the first artist to weave in wax to create Bronze sculptures using the Direct Lost Wax Method and her Bronze Sphere now sits within the World Heritage Site ,the Derwent Valley.
Trowell has offered Rachel a warm and beautiful enviroment for a couple of months leading up to and after MOTHER'S DAY,in the Digg Café, in which to complete this beautiful sculpture. giving us here at Trowell Garden Centre,the pleasure of watching its development as she works away.