CV & Bio

Biographical Resume

Louise Wells completed a 5 year Specialist Art program at Balcatta SHS, and then gained an Associate Diploma in Textiles at Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1983. This was followed by a traineeship with Kate Weedon-Jones at Fremantle Arts Centre, majoring in the production of repeat design screen printed lengths. At this time Louise, along with six other recent WAIT graduates, set up a group studio space (Northfolk Studios) in North Perth. Here she started designing and selling her own range of clothing and screen printed items.

Louise exhibited in several group exhibitions, culminating in a solo exhibition in Albany, WA in 1987.  She also taught textiles to both adults and children in various school and community programs during this time. Later she worked in an Occupational Therapy outpatient clinic where she taught a variety of Arts, Crafts and Life Skills programs.

A long break from a full-time textile practice to raise her 3 children allowed Louise to learn and explore many areas of textile interest for pure enjoyment.  Her current art practice reflects this development and life experience. Over the past twelve years she has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and taught many workshops and programs. Her work is held in both public and private collections

Curriculum Vitae

Formal Education:

1984 – 1985 Traineeship at Fremantle Art Centre with Kate Weedon-Jones

1983             Associate Diploma, Textiles, WAIT (Western Australian Institute of Technology,    Now Curtin University)

Juried Exhibitions (Australia)

2019      Sculptures on the Scarp, Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington.

2019      City of Stirling Art Awards

2019      Stitched and Bound 2019, Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda & Lake Grace      Regional Art Space

2019      Art Quilt Australia 2019: National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria

2019      Cultura Diffusa, Como Italy

2019      International Fiber Arts IX, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA USA

2019      Minnawarra Art Awards, Armadale WA

2018     Wearable Art Mandurah (WAM) Finalist

2018    Petite Miniature Textiles : Wangaratta  Art Gallery, Victoria

2018    Art Quilt Australia 2017: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Victoria

2017    Art Quilt Australia 2017: Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania

2017    Wearable Art Mandurah (WAM) Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah

2017    Stitched and Bound, Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda WA

2017    Wearable Art Mandurah (WAM) Winner, Avant-Garde Category

2016    Australia Wide 5, OZ Quilt Network (Touring exhibition Australia & USA)

2016   twentyONE+ presented by WAFTA, Spectrum Project Space, Mt Lawley WA

2016    Common Threads Wearable Art Awards – Finalist

2015    Art Quilt Australia 2015: National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria

2014    Stitched and Bound – Back to the Razors Edge, Heathcote Gallery, Applecross WA

2014    Common Threads Wearable Art Awards – Finalist

2012    Stitched and Bound, Heathcote Gallery, Applecross WA

Solo Exhibitions

2018     Of Our Time – Ordinary Lives, Midland Junction Arts Centre.

2014    Belles, Collaborative exhibition with Josh Wells, Hyde Park, WA

1987    Albany, Western Australia

Group Exhibitions (Australia)

2019   Galvanise, Art Source Salon, Fremantle WA

2018    Worn Out Worn Art, Midland Junction Arts Centre, WA

2018    Worn Art Revamped, Theatre Kimberley, Broome – Overall Runner Up

2017    City of Stirling Art Awards – Highly Commended

2017    Altered States, Perth Town Hall WA

2016    Worn Art Revamped, Theatre Kimberley, Broome – Category winner

2016    Brooching the Subject, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2016    Common Threads Wearable Art Exhibition, CASM Mandurah WA

2016    Memory and Commemoration, WAFTA. Lake Grace & Busselton

2015    Common Threads Wearable Art Exhibition, CASM Mandurah WA

2014    Hidden Revealed Transformed, Showcase Gallery, Perth WA

2014    WAFTA Biennale Exhibition, Geraldton, WA

2014    Common Threads Wearable Art Exhibition, CASM Mandurah WA

2013    Mysterium, Gallery Central, Perth WA

2012-18 Mt Lawley SHS Art Auctions

2012    Perth College Art Show

2011    InTension, Moores Building, Fremantle WA

2009    Naturally, Moores Building, Fremantle WA

Professional Experience

2017    [email protected] 2018 program

2017 -18   Regular Columnist for Down Under Textiles

2017    Artist Statement Generator workshop for WAFTA

2017    Textile Toolbox Printing Techniques workshop for WAFTA

2017    Wearable Art Presentation and workshop for WASG

2016    Feature Article for Down Under Textiles published Dec 2016 Issue 26

2015    Hidden Revealed Transformed, How to Hold an Exhibition, presentation to WAFTA

2015    Wardrobe Assistant Common Threads showcase

2014    Colour Society of Australia National Conference, Perth WA, Conference Presenter

 Collections

City of Stirling Art Collection

Melville City Council Textile Collection

Alannah MacTiernan MP

Various Private collections

Awards

2018    Worn Art Revamped, Theatre Kimberley, Broome – Overall Runner Up

2017    City of Stirling Art Awards, Highly Commended

2017    Wearable Art Mandurah (WAM) Winner, Avant-Garde Category

2016    Worn Art Revamped, Theatre Kimberley, Broome – Category winner