Rachael Jane Sleight is driven by a passion for materials and timeless design. She is particularly interested in the relationship we have with materials over our lifetimes which has led her career increasingly more down a sustainability driven path through research, design and education. In May 2018, Rachael was delighted to become the Innovation School lecturer in Sustainable Materials and Processes at Glasgow School of Art and is passionate to share and evolve her expertise within education and industry. She has also been a long standing contributor to Stylus, a innovation research and trends firm who help businesses process global Consumer Lifestyle, Consumer Product and Consumer Engagement insights, stimulating innovation and growth and has to date had more than 60 reports published on product and material innovation.
Rachael developed an in depth knowledge of manufacturing techniques and process whilst designing and developing accessories, lighting and furniture collections in house for Habitat and Conran. Rachael now has her own studio and continues to work on commissions for leading retailers as well as directly with her own customers through her bespoke handbag and accessories brand, Burnbank.