Rachel Brooks Richardson
Rachel started her career as a visual artist specializing in pen and ink illustrations and acrylic paintings. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California, San Francisco in 2010 and was awarded "Best Portfolio" for her graduating class. While in school, she spent all 12 quarters on the Dean's List and Honor Roll as well as acted as the Creative Director for their annual student show. After graduating she quickly took a job as a technical designer and digital illustrator making her way seamlessly into the world of fashion. In the last 10 years, she has worked as a technical designer, illustrator, creative director, photographer, fashion stylist, and marketing director for various apparel manufacturers and fashion technology companies.
In 2011, she opened the doors to her own freelance design studio in San Francisco where she could cater to a broader ran of clients and expand her areas of expertise. As a freelance artist and designer she worked on projects for both local and international clients including companies like Google and Kensington. In 2013, she accepted a position as the VP of Design and Marketing at a local fashion technology start-up.
She quickly realized she had a gift in the world of digital so she expanded her skill-set to include graphic design, brand identity, art direction and social media marketing. In January 2015, she accepted the position as the Creative Director of an emerging activewear company, BBDfitness.
Currently working as a freelance art director and fashion stylist, Rachel is still immersed in the Bay Area art and fashion community. Freelance illustration and commissioned artwork fulfill her need to get her hands dirty while she works towards an accreditation in digital photography. He work has been featured in Ellements Magazine, Elegant Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Promo Magazine and various other publications.
In her spare time she runs the fashion and lifestyle blog www.5oclocksunday.com, volunteers at The Midway Gallery and Artist Studios as well as in the local bay area school system helping promote the arts in education and preparing the next generation of artists and designers.