Rachel increasingly found herself attracted to sharing knowledge and wanted to develop better understanding on how to engage people in creative and innovative workshops. Deciding to research this area further by studying a MA in Art and Design in Education at The Institute of Education, London. Resulting in a dissertation project entitled Capturing Air... Capturing Life (2013) which asked how could she successfully take this practice rooted in the inflatable medium with which she was commercially engaged and turn it towards an educational practice. Which required both a reconnection to her Fine Art practice and a drawing together of experience and skills gained from Location Inflation's commercial projects. This research inspired new ways of working. The project was developed further with students on the Foundation Art and Design Course at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Art Colleges.
Her intension for the 4 day workshop being that the students were to experience the qualities of the inflatable medium rather than get bogged down in the complexities of construction by developing lo tech methods of working simple forms, this encouragingly resulted in a very assorted response. However the overriding quality exposed by inflatables' transformational qualities was its ability to invite human interaction; the thesis study then became divided into three main areas the body and the object, the body inside the object and the object worn on the body. This study also demonstrates the adaptability of the inflatable medium and suggests that this medium's use is underestimated in art education. Rachel continues to raise this mediums profile in education and promote the accessibility of this exciting medium to all.