Louise graduated from both the Slade School of Fine Art within the sculpture department and Central Saint Martins where she practiced Textile Design, lending her designs a unique combination of skill-sets.
Having returned to the Orkney Islands to set up her studio producing conceptual one-off pieces of artworks, she is carrying on this conversation through her textiles with a production of luxury scarves made from silk.
The ethos of the studio is finding beauty in the details of the everyday, whilst responding to the environment and communicating that response through an aesthetic reflecting the knowing and unknowing. Drawing on the elements of land, sea and seasonal change which overwhelm in their impact as the environment, which in turn is individually experienced.
This state of consciousness in relation to 'mono no aware' (the art of impermanence), a Japanese aesthetic, is the thread that runs throughout Louise's artistic practice. It is said that the Zen mind is empty and the space is full of imagination. Zen cherishes one-off events where objects are experiences. This void translates into an understanding of the open spaces and is not considered empty. Orkney’s landscape is vast and in many respects appears empty, lending the artist a blank canvas to project ideas, inspiring creativity. The Sea and Land of Orkney are measurably ripe for these discoveries,