Rachel Essex

Prop & Interior Stylist

Mirror, Mirror…




A Stitch In Time

Hare, hare…

Fine cell work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework and Mr Grabia was the person who stitched these hares. The larger tapestry is from the 1950’s.



Stitched Up




Cupboard Love

I raided my friend Stacey Williams’s personal and professional archives for these shots. She is my go to girl for many things but vintage children’s wear in particular.

Wanted, Dead Or Alive

Great And Small…

Another lovely shoot with the skillful Tiffany Mumford resulted in a panoply of images featuring animals:

I was very happy to find an end piece of this discontinued material with which to customise a Dieter Rams chair more commonly seen upholstered in leather.

Going Loco…

Acapulco by Villeroy and Boch

Plate it up

Dem Bones…

Hello kitty

The squelette de lapin and that de chat, are from Deyrolle on Rue du Bac in Paris. The ground floor is full of gardening equipment and the only nod to the stuffed Wonderland that lies above is the fact that the mannequins may have rams’ or goats’ heads. On February 1st, 2008, there was a very big fire. I had booked to go to Paris to show friends the taxidermy the following morning, only to find a charred moose staring out of the window and a sorry crowd of similarly sooty beasts littering the pavement. Photographers such as Nan Goldin and Sophie Calle were quick to come and document the event and  Laurent Bochet even made a book about it, 1000ºC: Deyrolle. The Snail and The Cyclops blog has scanned pages from a 1985 copy of World of Interiors with amazing pictures of the shop before the fire raged:


Child’s Play

Now with realistic hair and beard…

Rabbit hospital
Gripping hands too?

My not-husband and I were in a charity shop in Wales. We spent thirty pence on a jigsaw of Blackpool beach – behind Pinocchio – because the boy working the donkeys to the far left of the picture  is his ten year old self.

Money, money, money box


Puppenhaus Aus Der DDR





Life In Miniature

Who Lives In A House Like This?

If she were but two inches tall, Tiffany Mumford might. This is her micro world and these are her photographs of it…






Keep On Trucking…

To The Big Apple…







Roll Up, Roll Up…

The tri-angular circus is in town