11 Aug 2014


It is that time of year when I start to sort out this years exhibitors for Christmas at the Orangery 2014. This year will be the 14th year of organising a Christmas event where designers and makers sell their goods in the run up to Christmas.


17 Jun 2014


Design project for the The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. Artwork for their upcoming concert in St George's, Bristol on 5th July 2014. Cello soloist, Kwesi Edman, from the Royal Academy of Music has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsSouthbank SinfoniaRoyal Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has also performed next to David Beckham at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra

William Goodchild, conductor

Kwesi Edman, cello

Mendelssohn Overture, “Athalie”
Saint Saëns Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor
William Goodchild New Work for Cello and Orchestra
Brahms Symphony No 3 in F

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra welcomes Kwesi Edman back to St George’s for the performance of two exciting works for cello: the first is Saint Saens’ virtuosic concerto which is spellbinding as it soars between the instrument’s registers; the second is the world première of a new concerto by award-winning Bristol composer, orchestrator and conductor William Goodchild, written specially for Kwesi and this orchestra.

To buy tickets, please click HERE.

Posters and flyers

Email Flyer

Concert advertisement in The Bristol Magazine 

Concert advertisement in the Clifton Magazine

26 Mar 2014


The official launch of Rachel Goodchild Designs took place during the Spring of 2004. This was the year the website was launched and I booked up to exhibit at my first trade show. I had, in fact, been creating greeting cards from 2001. 

Rachel Goodchild Promo Postcard from 2005
We are currently relocating the studio, and have been sorting through two large rooms, full of stuff: years of papers, files, artworks, tools, and not to mention, stock!  I recently came across this promo postcard (see above) that I had made for our first trade show at Top Drawer in 2005.  It is funny looking back, and I was amused by how many spotty designs I did in the early years!

I launched the business with 12 gift wrap designs 

In the brochure above for the 2005 trade show, I can see that I launched the business with 12 different ranges. Some of these are still good sellers today, but I have decided, with the big change around, that the spots must finally go! 

Top Drawer Autumn 2005 - Rachel Goodchild Designs
It is funny looking back at these images of the first trade show, as it all looks rather bland. I didn't really know what I was doing or how to display my products. However, It was a successful show for me and I have carried on and since learnt many things over the years. 

Top Drawer Autumn 2005 - Rachel Goodchild Designs

2001 Brochure - Rachel Goodchild Designs
If that is not enough to take me down memory lane, I also found a box of past brochures, starting from this one (above) from 2001. I was on maternity leave at the time with my second child and I started creating artwork and greeting cards by hand. These I sold in local galleries and shops. The bug must have got hold of me as I didn't stop! Needless to say, I never returned to my teaching job. My business was, at this time, known as 'Paper Designs'.

2002 Brochure - Rachel Goodchild Designs

Between 2001 and 2005 I developed the number of my ranges and introduced gift wrap and gift tags into the collection. I also started an annual design event now known as Christmas at the Orangery. In the first event there were three other exhibitors and myself exhibiting in my family home. Since that time the event has grown organically over the years. In 2013 we had 35 exhibitors with a large number of customers through the door.

2003 Brochure - Rachel Goodchild Designs

2004 Brochure - Rachel Goodchild Designs

2004 brought about the renaming of my business from 'Paper Designs' to 'Rachel Goodchild'.  I started working on the website and signed up for my first trade show at Top Drawer. 

2005 Brochure - Rachel Goodchild Designs


It is no surprise to see where my original inspiration came from! Below are some photos (dug out of a box and taken with my iPhone). The original images were taken for inspiration between 2001 and 2004. I loved the natural formation of rocks. Hence the reason for so many circular shapes in my original designs!


We have since gone onto to exhibit at many events from England and over to San Francisco. More posts coming soon on the early years of the business as we relocate and get ready to celebrate 10 official (and 14 unofficial) years in business.

3 Mar 2014


One of my on going projects is to design the publicity and advertising for each concert given by The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. The orchestra performs three concerts a year in St George's Bristol. On 8th March Charles Mutter will be performing with the Orchestra. If you would like to buy tickets for this concert, please book HERE (more concert details below).

24 Feb 2014


"… Life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. 
Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love."

On occasion I blog about someone who inspires me and today before I settle down to work, I just wanted to take time to reflect on a very inspiring woman. We do often need reminding about the things that really matter in ones life. These things that matter are not our homes, our belongings, or even our careers, but how we perceive the world we are in, as this in turn will effect they way we are outwardly to the world. We all need to be able to appreciate the good things in life. Beauty and Happiness. 

The news that Alice Hertz-Sommer, the oldest known pianist, had passed away this weekend, was sad news. Apart from being the oldest pianist in the world, she was also the oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust. She died aged of 110 and her life story is quite remarkable and yet she remained happy and active until her last days. Born into a Jewish family in Prague in 1903, Alice spent two years in a Nazi concentration camp in Terezin. She was sent there at the age of 39 with her son. Alice was an accomplished pianist, so she ended up performing in more than 100 concerts whilst in the concentration camp. Whilst there she devoted herself to the physical and emotional protection of her son. She and her son both survived the camp.

As an adult, her son, Raffi, recalled remarkably few dark memories of the camp, saying that his mother somehow managed to protect him from the worst realities of life at the mercy of the Nazis. He once wrote that his mother managed to create a Garden of Eden for him in the midst of that hell. After the concentration camp, Alice had to completely rebuild a new life for her and her son. She went onto to become a concert pianist and teacher, and did not retire from teaching until the age of 100. At this point she moved to England to be nearer her son and family, but he sadly passed away around the same time. She then spent the next ten years living alone in a flat in central London. She was lovingly known as the lady in number 6 (to people living near her). This was due to the fact that would  spent hours each day playing the piano, practicing her beloved Bach and Beethoven

At the grand old age of 109, she claimed,  
"I am full of joy. I seem to be the only person laughing. Nobody laughs any more." 

Alice had lost her mother and husband to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. When she got out of the concentration camp she had nothing. Strangers were living in her home and she had to rebuild a whole new life for her and her son. Her son died when she was 100 and for the past ten years she has lived alone. She remained happy and took such pleasure in life, and she continued to play the piano. As she says in the video: 

"Every day is beautiful. Even the bad is beautiful"

We should all think about her words and feel blessed for everything we have. We should also try to love more, laugh more and see the beauty in everything and everyone.

One her Alice's favourite quotes: 

"Music brings us to an island with peace, beauty and love."

Watch this lovely video (below) about Alice made last year in 2013 when she was 109. Please take the time to watch and respect a very remarkable woman.

To buy the video The Lady in Number 6, click HERE.

To buy the book of her life A Garden of Eden in Hell, click HERE.

Rest in peace Alice 
Alice Hertz-Sommer:  1903 - 2014

For more about Alice's remarkable life see HERE.
Source: images and information from nickreedent.com

23 Feb 2014


Inspiration can come from all sorts of sources - Out and about with my camera.

17 Feb 2014


Here is a sample from first of the photographs taken by Rosa Fay Photography who is slowly re-photographing my existing designs. I say slowly, because, Rosa is studying photography at university and can only work for me on the weekends and I am full on with my new ranges, whilst running the business and the workshops. We have also slowly been going through the branding of all our images (past and present), which has taken quite some time. However, this does mean that I am eventually able to now join the likes of Instagram and Pinterest. Come and see the new girl on the block.

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