I am taking part in my first ever Instagram challenge and it is for the #justacard week. @justacard is a campaign to help celebrate and promote independent shops, designers, makers and artists. The theme for Monday is 'You'... So here I am, hello. I'm Louise, I live in the Kent countryside and my (almost) daily walks through the countryside and gardens of Kent & East Sussex inspire and inform my work as an artist. Something about the shapes of plants just speaks straight to my heart.
I studied textile design at Farnham & drawing at Camberwell but went to teacher training immediately after leaving Camberwell (for practical reasons £). I craved making work of my own but I was too busy & lost in teaching art to others to focus clearly, until the opportunity of maternity leave. I started making what has led to my current work at the kitchen table in the evenings when my son was 6 months old and it has sustained me through a return to part time teaching, some pretty unpleasant life events & quite a lot of stress. I recently left teaching after ten years, to concentrate on my work more fully. Things are a lot more relaxed these days and now I sell originals and run workshops for children and adults. I also make my work into beautiful cards, which I sell in several shops... but more about that later in the week.