rachel denny

I hate snakes, so so so so much… but not this snake! I absolutely, crazy LOVE  this snake!

Oh, Rachel Denny. I’ve loved her work for years… and she just keeps getting better! Mirrored snakes, howling wolves, waxy woodpeckers, and of course, her signature deer heads! What I love almost as much as her final pieces, is the glimpse that she gives into her Portland home studio. Boy oh boy, I’d love to spend a day in there with her just makin’ stuff! Well, last year I did the next best thing… I got Rachel to make stuff for me! Yep, I bought a hot pink, cashmere doe to hang above my fireplace. Her name is Rosie, and I love her very very very much:

ps. Rachel is one of the artists featured in CREATIVE BLOCK. Her work looks amazing as a full page spread, and her interview is fantastic!

pps. the other two lovely pieces hanging there are by Ben Skinner {text/wood}, and Sarah Gee Miller {circle drawing}

comments (14)

  1. rossana taormina /// 10.30.2013 /// 6:58am

    i love Rosie!

  2. Lesley | Artsy Forager /// 10.30.2013 /// 7:41am

    I love love love Rachel’s work! So jealous that you have one of her Domestic Trophies. I’m coveting one in aqua for my collection.. one day, you know when we stop traveling and I have a home to put it in. 😉

  3. Linda Cannon /// 10.30.2013 /// 8:07am

    Rachel Denny didn’t think of this first. Sherry Markovitz did this in the 80s. With beads, glued on by hand.


  4. Keeley /// 10.30.2013 /// 8:25am

    These are amazing! I checked out her website, does she sell them anywhere or was this a custom one just for you?

  5. the jealous curator /// 10.30.2013 /// 8:51am

    yes she sells them… but you can do custom pieces with her. ie i asked for a pink cashmere doe. you can ask for bucks, and she can find most colors. if she doesn’t have that color, she’ll even die the fabric! visit her site and just send her an email : )

  6. the jealous curator /// 10.30.2013 /// 8:55am

    @linda – Oh yes, lots and lots of artists have done work with decorated deer trophies, but rachel’s definitely have their own feel. she makes the heads herself (plaster?) and then basically upholsters them with cashmere. *no animals were harmed in the making of this art 😉

  7. Holly Farrell /// 10.30.2013 /// 10:06am

    I truly love her work. Very talented…

  8. danielle (aka the jealous curator) /// 10.30.2013 /// 10:37am

    she sure is!

  9. Daiva Mitchell /// 10.30.2013 /// 5:32pm

    This is incredible! I too detest snakes, however, I would love one for my home.

  10. the jealous curator /// 10.30.2013 /// 8:10pm

    me too… and i cannot believe i’m saying that!

  11. Meagan /// 10.31.2013 /// 9:07am

    So wonderful! Reminds me of Meryl Smith! http://merylsmith.blogspot.com/

  12. Tracey /// 11.01.2013 /// 12:08am

    Yes. Yes. Yes. But especially that orange fox on the grey rocks (?). Funny how one piece in a great collection just calls out louder than all of the others .

  13. Andrea /// 11.03.2013 /// 1:26pm


  14. Clare /// 11.19.2013 /// 11:48am

    glorious! i want to live among all these wild creatures