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Heritage Crafts Association Awards 2017

19th May 2017

At the Heritage Crafts Association annual conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, Louise was presented with a 'Highly Commended' certificate, for being one of three finalists in the HCA/Marsh Trainer of the Year Award. She was nominated by her students in Derby for the award. 

"It was a great honour to receive this award and a fantastic day in London to receive it. Thank you to all my students for the nomination" 

Photograph of her receiving the certificate from Nick Carter of the Marsh Christian Trust 

Kedleston Hall Restoration of the State Bedroom complete and launch

28th March 2017

The restoration of the State Bedroom at Kedleston Hall, and the completion of the final room of the 30 year project was launched on 24th March 2017.  

The State Bedroom was the final stage of the 30 year restoration of the 11 rooms that make up the state floor at this historic property in Derbyshire. The original bed designed by Robert Adams in 1768, needed extensive repair work, replacing broken carvings, renewing gilding and replacing the textiles - the silk upholstery, gold lace and braids.   The launch was to celebrate this completion and thank everyone involved with the project.

I personally worked on the gold lace, making 30 metres, taking just over 1100 hours in 19 months to complete.  

Finalist in Heritage Crafts Association Awards

2nd February 2017

Delighted to receive the news that students nomination for the Marsh Heritage Crafts Trainer award 2017 has resulted in Louise being selected as one of the three finalists. Louise will attend the annual HCA conference, London in May for the presentation of certificates and to find out the winner of the award. "It is a great honour to be a finalist and a huge thank you to the students who nominated me for the award"

The HCA promote traditional crafts in the UK and support professional makers working in this area. Many of the crafts are on the Radcliffe Red list of endangered crafts and this will be discussed at the conference this year. 

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Nominee in Arts and Crafts Design awards

29th November 2016

Louise has received a nomination for the International Arts and Crafts Design Awards 2016 and is now featured on the website -  These awards feature artists, designers and crafts people from all over the world and Louise feels very privileged to be included in the listings.

The results will be announced in January 2017. 

Craft and Design Selected Maker Finalist 2016

12th April 2016

On 1st April 2016 an email was received "We're delighted to let you know that you are a Finalist in the Textiles & Needlecrafts category of our 2016 Selected Maker Awards - congratulations!"

I am thrilled to have got through to the finals with such a talented group of artists in the Textile category. I hope that seeing the lace in the Craft and Design magazine will inspire others to have a go at this enthralling craft.  Final results for the Gold and two silver awards, and the overall winner are expected at the beginning of May. Thank you to all my supporters for voting.