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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.

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Crowdfunder process image

Crowdfunder process image

Laser cutt Prickings for lacemaking

Laser cutt Prickings for lacemaking

'In Fine Style' Exhibition at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

15th May 2013

A new exhibition 'In Fine Style:The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, opened on 10th May and runs through to 6th October in the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace. 

Louise is featured on the digital audio visual guide given to visitors to the exhibition to explain how bobbin lace is made, as the paintings of the fashions feature a lot of lace.

The short film was shot by Edward Jarvis and is being used in this introduction to the exhibition to explain the process.

"It is a great privilege to part of this prestigious exhibition, I hope my explanation helps the visitors understand lace a little" Louise West

Louise was invited and attended the Private View on Monday evening (13th May) and was able to see the painting first hand.

A fabulous collection, wonderful depiction of lace and some other interesting artefacts as well, including lace loaned from the Bowes Museum. Well worth a vist.

Press release at http://www.derby.ac.uk/news/graduate-lace-maker-sew-happy-with-royal-invite and information also on Evolve - http://www.evolvederby.co.uk/news/graduate-lace-maker-sew-happy-with-royal-invite/

The film footage was shot as part of the filming for the DVD - The Lacemakers:The forgotten story of English lace, but unused in the DVD. A couple of stills from the footage used at Buckingham Palace can be seen at http://thelacemakers.co.uk/gallery/

Metal Clay Guild UK Competition 2012

12th December 2012

The newly formed Metal Clay Guild UK ran a competition, with the subject of the natural world and invited members to submit work.

I was the winner of this competition with my piece 'Hidden Treasures' which was based on a walk through woodland and looking for hidden flora and fauna. There are ladybirds, and dragonflies hidden under leaves and nestling in the lichen on the back as well as front, to sugest how the wildlife hides in the undergrowth, and bark of the trees.

Invited Exhibition

28th September 2012

As part of the Nottingham Lace Seaon, I have been invited to exhibit with Victoria Brown at the Lace Market Gallery, Stoney Street, Nottingham between 8th-25th October 2012.

The exhibition will be a contrasting collection of work with Victoria exhibiting large scale oil paintings alongside my traditional and contemporary lace pieces.

Private view is on 9th October 2012, between 5pm-7pm.

Photograph of part of the exhibition

Diploma in Metal Clay

20th August 2012

I have just completed and passed the grades 3 and 4 in this Diploma, and so I am now a full Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery Diploma holder.

It was a high standard to achieve, but the two tutors were very supportive and helped me to achieve the standard required to pass.

Photograph of Lisa Cain, Louise and Julia Rai, after awarding the full Diploma

David Hirst Award 2012

24th June 2012

On 23rd June 2012, I received this award for a piece of Bucks Point lace, at the Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society Summer Lace Day.

The award is given annually at the summer lace day and voted for by members attending the event.

David Hirst was a dedicated supporter of the society and the trophy was donated in his memory, to the group after his unexpected death in 2007.

'I was very surprised to receive the award, and felt emotional at receiving the award which was in memory of my late Father. I think he would have approved of the piece of lace I submitted this year.'

Photograph of the 2012 winners