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July 2, 2012

I did warn you back in March that I’d be plugging the bejayzus out of my exhibition.

So, true to my word, along with all the tweeting and the facebooking here’s a little blog write-up to tempt you over to see the show…

Rachel Spivey at Warwickshire Open Studios

I’ve been aware of Warwickshire Open Studios (Or Warwickshire Arts Week as it was) for a few years now, and always thought it was a great idea. A celebration of all the independent creative people living and working in the county, it’s an opportunity for the public to visit artists and makers in their workplace, see them in action and buy their work without any gallery owner’s commission on top.

It’s something I wanted to get involved with back when I was working from home, and now I am well settled into my lovely studio in the middle of town, there was no excuse this year.

Putting on a retrospective of the best of thousands of burlesque images from the past five years was a daunting task, but one that was made a whole lot easier thanks to my celebrity curator – Miss Von Vamp. As a burlesque performer herself, she had her own take on my body of work and selected 20 images that summed up life as a burlesquer as she sees it from both sides of the curtain.

Rachel Spivey exhibition private view images

A few snaps from the private view

With lots of help from my other half, everything was hung and looking lovely for my private view on Thursday and I’m incredibly touched so many people turned out to wish me well and see the work. The feedback was fabulous and I was particularly excited by one opportunity to exhibit on a wider stage that I won’t jinx by going into detail here.

Miss V has picked such a great range of shots and has done an incredible job of balancing images of some of the great and the good of the burlesque world – Anna Fur Laxis, Vicky Butterfly, Chrys Columbine, et al – with some of the lesser-known performers.

Two of my favourites, which work particularly well as a pair, are these of Lily Del La Mer who was one of the first burly girls I ever photographed.

Lily De La Mer and Jeni Aldridge backstage at Darkteaser's Garter Lounge photographed by boudoir photographer Rachel Spivey for Raquel RougeLily De La Mer and Jeni Aldridge backstage at Darkteaser's Garter Lounge

Jeni Aldridge helps Lily De La Mer prepare for her performance at Darkteaser’s Garter Lounge in 2009

Lily De La Mer onstage at Darkteaser's Garter Lounge

…and onstage at the same show

I have had the main collection produced as stunning 16×24″ archive quality giclées on 100% rag stock which I am selling for a reasonably priced £145 each and I am having a bit of a sample sale of a number of one-off framed prints with prices starting at £50, so if you fancy something unique for you own boudoir wall, get down and grab a bargain.

If you can’t make it and are interesting in buying any of the work, please drop me a line at and I can send you samples of the images in the collection.

I’ll be in the studio manning the show on and off until Sunday 15th July and all the details and opening times are here, and if you are coming out I also recommend you check out some of the artists who are exhibiting, especially the ones on my doorstep.

Hope you can find the time to come up and say hello.

RS x

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