We would love to introduce you to (drum roll!)....... Rachel Borrello.
Rachel is a special somebody. She has her heart chakra wide open and it is completely full of boundless chi. She is a graphic artist, designer, illustrator, business and shop owner at Chi Borrello, and a Virgo! Anonymous of 379 is delighted to be pairing up with Chi Borrello for a pop up display stall at the Beaufort Street Festival 2015 this coming Saturday, 14th November. We know lots about this lovely lady and we thought we would share her with you!
Were you born drawing your way into life? Has art always been integral to you or did you want to be something else other than an artist when you grew up?
Indeed I was! I started out with graphic design after high school, though health issues postponed me to pursue. From here I dabbled in health and wellness where I did aromatherapy massage with make-up artistry on the side.
Our family has a strong history of artistic skills. My grandfather did hand lettering, cartoons and photography in NYC, whilst my great grandfather did intricate designs (engraving) on church chalices and jewellery. Mum is also extremely talented with a background of interior design and fine art. I actually grew up thinking I'd be an architect, but graphic design ended up being the winding path I chose.
Artists you admire?
Mark Ryden, Shaun Tan, Daniel Martin Diaz, Yoshimitsu Umekawa, Jacqueline Schlender, Penabranca, Audrey Kawasaki, Simon Beck, and of course - Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher. There are too many to list!!!!!
Your husband is an artist and photographer (Adam Borrello) so you must have quite a creative household going on! Do you work together on projects? If so, who tells who what to do!?
It's great being able to bounce ideas off each other and understanding our hectic/odd work time schedules being creatives. Yes, we have worked on projects together a few times. We've worked hard over the years (almost 12 to be exact) to build a very grounded relationship, which allows us to be direct, patient, and understanding at all times. This is really the ideal partnership!
When did you birth Chi Borrello?
Chi Borrello started late 2014, which was a reformation of Chi Creative. Chi Creative originally started in early 2008. After a complete halt to my career due to unexpected health issues (again) for three years, I decided to give my business a fresh start to pursue my next venture.
As well as producing your amazing stationery and art prints you also take on commission and collaborative projects. Tell us about this process. Do you specialise in any particular area?
The range of work I take on is relatively broad. Whilst my art prints and stationery keep me busy, I also create custom logo designs/business branding, wedding stationery, chalk art and web design. Graphic design has such a massive variety of potential jobs - it definitely keeps me on my toes!
We heard a whisper that you infuse your work with a certain 'chi'. Do tell?
I put a lot of good energy into anything I do. I've learnt a lot in the past about generating an abundance of positivity into life, no matter how challenging some of these chapters you encounter may be. I create my designs from a fresh, calm and harmonious workspace with the intentions of this to be portrayed to each artwork I produce.
What gave you this gorgeous and cheeky chi?
I think this is just who I am. I can be pretty raw and real when I need to be, but I genuinely have a gentle soul with the best intentions.
The "Chi" in Chi Borrello not only comes from the actual meaning of the word, but also comes from my real name 'Rachel'. Most people call me Rachi or Chi.
Where do you pull down your inspiration from?
My mum is my inspiration! She pours her heart and soul into her art and she's never given up. I aspire to keep the same train of thought to my own business and keep working hard.
What words of wisdom would you give to aspiring entrepeneurs thinking of starting up their own business?
If you can visualise yourself doing what you love, then go for it. Keep working hard and be extremely patient. If it means you have to do two or three jobs at once to support your endeavour, then so be it.
We know why we do the moon, the stars and the universal songs - you?
The universe is an incredible part of nature, that's undeniable. There are so many myths and mysteries about the moon reflecting its influence in the night sky, plus it's a huge impact on our daily lives. Some of which we may not even be aware of today. I find the connection between us and the moon a fascinating thing. Energy cycles, balance, emotions, transformation and self-awarenes..
Which star would you hitch a ride on?
Are you a virgo that is incredibly superhuman, organised and pernickety with everything in drawers, or are you a virgo that runs about in chaos and sleeps late because they are very busy being - well, creative!!! ?
BOTH these characteristics define me as a Virgo to a T. These can be great characteristics but also not so great...I regularly have to re-centre myself by affirming that 'you can only do what you can do,' or 'rest is just as important as work, if not more.' A lot of the time I get so caught up being pedantic over the small things.
Favourite 'other' zodiac sign?
I have always been drawn to the Pisces sign. They always say opposites attract!
We know you left your world recently and traveled the world. Favourite place?
My favourite place...That's a tricky one. So far I'd have to say Pai/Chiang Mai - Thailand. The air is clear whilst the people are pleasant and kind.
where would you live if it wasn't perth?
Barcelona or Hong Kong. Though I've always had a visual fantasy about living in Arizona!
What have you done in past lives?
I feel I may have worked in psychology or working in some way of helping people.
And in this life, Rachel Borrello is making her mark on the local art scene! Be sure to check her out!