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Crowdfunder Launched 19th March 2018
Through teaching Louise has seen many people struggle with the preparation required to make bobbin lace, either through difficulty with sight or with their hands, (or sometimes through lack of time) and so she came up with an idea to help with this problem. Through working with the Big House project, Louise developed and produced prototypes of laser cut lace prickings and after students tested them, decided to take the steps to make the project a reality and help lacemakers worldwide. The project aims to remove this barrier to being able to make lace, by producing the patterns ready to work - with markings on card and holes ready pricked.
A grant was secured to part fund the project and Louise launched the crowdfunder to match fund the grant along with personal investment. The crowdfunder is at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/digital-lace-patterns and will only make the project a reality if the full amount is raised by 12md on 16th April.
Various pledge rewards are available and donations also welcome to make it happen, and be part of this innovation new approach to lacemaking.
Please watch the videos and see the updates for more information.
Crowdfunder process image
Laser cutt Prickings for lacemaking
Nominee in Arts and Crafts Design awards
Louise has received a nomination for the International Arts and Crafts Design Awards 2016 and is now featured on the website - http://www.acd-award.com/ 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
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.
Craft and Design 'Selected' Gallery
Louise is now featured on the Craft and Design Magazine website, Selected gallery.
This is part of their annual Selected makers awards, and voting will be open from January, allowing the public to vote on their favourites.
Louise's entry can be found at http://www.craftmaker.co.uk/louisewest/
From 1st March 2015 the business will be based at Friargate Studios, Ford St, Derby.
This move is to open up the workshops to more people, specifically disabled, as the new studio is now on the ground floor. This is something that I have been striving to achieve since the business started and has now been achieved. The new premises are modern and warm and fully disabled accessible.
Press release - Small Business Saturday UK 2014
Lacemaker selected for Small Business Saturday.
Local lacemaker Louise West is being featured as part of the Small Business Saturday promotion Small Biz100. Louise is be receiving this promotion of her business on 26th October, after being selected to be one of the 100 businesses to be featured on the run up to Small Business Saturday (6th December)
Louise is a graduate of the University of Derby and based at Bank's Mill Studios, Bridge St, Derby, where she runs the business teaching and designing handmade bobbin lace, and using the designs to produce fine silver jewellery.
"Lacemaking basics are easy to learn and almost anyone can benefit from this quiet, reflective and creative craft, with many students finding it therapeutic" says Louise.
The business developed from the passion of the historical and combining traditional with contemporary into jewellery, as well as enabling participation – to try something new.
Louise runs classes and workshops in Bobbin Lacemaking in Derby, Nottingham and Leicestershire, and longer courses nationally. She also runs workshops in Derby on Fine Silver jewellery and sells the jewellery locally and through the Evolve Website.
On 6th December Louise will be at the National Christmas Lacemakers Fair, Cranmore Park, Solihull, selling her jewellery.