About Me

Louise with work 21+Louise Wells is a textile artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She has always had a love of textiles right from when her left handed Nanna tried to teach her to crochet right handed. A long break from a full time textile practice in her 20′s to raise her children allowed Louise to learn and explore many areas of textile interest for pure enjoyment. Her current textile practice is the result of this development and life experience. She has a passion for colour and finds pattern in architecture and nature a continual inspiration.  Louise is fascinated by the hidden stories we all have, often using this as a theme in her work.

Louise lives with her wonderful husband, three gorgeous young adults and a mini dachshund. Life is never boring!

 

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’ve really enjoyed perusing all of your work Louise. I love it. Gorgeous textures and colors you create. And, we both have the same desk lamp. It’s a small world. (I’m in the US.)

  2. Goodday

    I want to ask your help. I bought a cushion at Mr Price Home. I bought a light big white green Dupion silk scatter cushion ( 100 % silk but thick material). I want to paint it to a deep orange…My sitting room is red and orange. I bought the red one but here was just this colour and cream. Is there a way that I can paint it..

    Thank you

    Angelique

    • Hi Angelique,
      There are two ways to change the colour of fabric. One is to dye it, the other to paint it. You should be able to find suitable fabric paints and dyes in your local art/craft supply shop. If you dye the fabric the final colour will be influenced by the original colour of the fabric, so the deep orange you are after may end up a little muddy rather than a clear orange. If you paint the fabric with a fabric paint such as Permaset supercover the original fabric colour doesn’t matter, although it may change the hand or feel of the fabric, the sheen of the silk will be covered over and it won’t feel as soft, mybe a little plasticy. If this was my project I would try to exchange the cushion with the cream one in the store and dye it using a multi purpose dye such as Dylon. I think this will give you the best results.

      Good Luck!

      Louise

  3. Hi Louise,
    My name is Cecile and I work for CAN WA (Community Arts Network WA) in Perth.
    I am a project officer and I manage several arts and cultural projects in the regions.

    One on my current projects is ‘Bush Babies’ which captures the unique stories of the Noongar babies born in the bush and the midwives who delivered them. The project focus on re-discovering, recording and celebrating the stories of these Aboriginal midwives and the Noongar children they assisted to deliver through intergenerational story sharing and celebration.

    Bush Babies is now in its fourth phase and has already been to Quairading, Kellerberrin, Narrogin and Katanning. Workshops in those regions have included photography, digital storytelling, oral histories, family history research, portrait paintings, exhibitions, scrap-booking, photo sharing days, basket weaving, eco-dying and community reunion.

    This year, CAN WA is bringing this project to Bunbury, Moora and Rockingham.

    A couple of weeks ago we met with a group of Noongar women from Bunbury to tell them all about this exciting project and find out what they would like to do. During this discussion we discovered that one of their family traditions is rug making using patchwork craft skills. They explained us that during their childhood they used to sit down with their mothers and grand-mothers and create rugs from scrap fabric. These rugs were then used to sit under the trees for their family gatherings.

    We really liked this idea and thought that could be the starting point for the story sharing project with them. As I looked for a textile artist in WA I found your website and absolutely love what you do. I was wondering if you would be interested in facilitating a workshop with these ladies? At the moment, we are looking at the end of September for this workshop, but we are flexible.

    I would love to further discuss this project with you by phone and give you more information on the work that we do at CAN WA. If this sparks your curiosity, please do not hesitate to give me a call on 0416 865 526. In the meantime, I invite you to have a look at our website: http://www.canwa.com.au.

  4. Hi Louise
    I have really enjoyed reading your blog! It is brimming with ideas, colours and textures; there is just so much variety. You are very talented in so many areas. I am in my last year at high school in Ireland, though I am originally from Aus, I lived in Kalgoorlie for a couple of years. For my art project this year I am delving into the world of tea, in particular the similarities and differences between the traditions of tea in Ireland versus the Japanese tea ceremony. So far I have been looking at the patterns found in both cultures, however I hope to progress my project into creating a kimono for my final outcome. I would like to use teabags in my design and that is how I found your blog and the amazing tea-bag bag you created and the dress, they are amazing! Do you have any tips on working with teabags? I am also stunned by your cathedral windows collection they are beautiful, how were you able to write on the fabric? In my kimono I would like to use fabrics that reflect the transparent and delicate quality of teabags and I would like to incorporate Japanese and Irish text on top of it, but I am unsure of how to go about it. Any advice would be appreciated. Once again your work is gorgeous and hopefully the next time I’m in Aus I will be able to visit one of your exhibitions.
    Thank you
    Emer

    • Hi Emer,

      Thank you for the lovely comments about my work. Working with tea bags is quite easy and fun. My basic process is to allow the used teabag to fully dry out, this can take a couple of days. Then cut it open and shake out all the tea. Depending on your project, you might find it is worth looking at different brands and ways of cutting the bag open, as you will find some have a larger surface area to work with. I have found the teabag paper can be machine sewn quite easily and hand stitched with supporting fabric behind. The writing on the Cathedral Window series is a silk screen print. Some areas I have then overstitched. I use a thermofax screen of old family letters to make the print. Any water based fabric printing inks should work. Of course lots of experimenting first is the key.
      Your project sounds facinating and I would love to see the final piece.
      Best wishes. Louise

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