I have just returned home from my eagerly awaited trip to Perth, and three days with my dear friend Louise; a spirited, talented textile artist and teacher. Her house is a riot of colour and inspiration, with endless piles of magazines, flyers and books. I love being immersed in the mild chaos and creative busyness of her life. We stay up too late, drink too much coffee, drop crumbs on the floor and delve deeply into psychology, physiology and philosophy. In between she shares her knowledge of cloth and print, and I watch the hands of a master at work.
Louise's creativity knows no physical boundaries, but centers around her sunlit office/sewing space, and the printing shed. Seated on her favourite Ikea chair, upholstered in Hanna Werning "Ankarsvik" fabric, she zig-zags and gathers a hand printed silk swathe on a robust Elna sewing machine, and in the print room, she pulls dye onto a silk screen to produce a range of fabric samples in preparation for her Australian tour as lead artist for the Quilt & Craft Fair.
To see more of Louise's work and her upcoming workshops, visit her website. Louise offers lessons in felting, printmaking, fashion, and textiles for adults and children through the Fremantle Art Centre, and will be holding demonstrations each day of the Craft & Quilt Fare - look out for her in your capital city.