Louise West's CV


  • MA Art and Design Applied Practice and Theories
  • Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery Diploma in Metal Clay
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • City and Guilds Diploma in Lacemaking
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Lacemaking
  • City and Guilds Certificates in Patchwork and Quilting, Embroidery, Textile Decoration and Lingerie
  • City and Guilds 7302 Introduction to delivering learning for adult education
  • PMC Studio Module 1 certification
  • PMC Studio Module 2 certification
  • PMC Studio Module 3 certification

Design Commissions

  • 2006/7 Design Project for Caruso St John Architects, London
  • Design for facade of Nottingham Contemporary
  • Source 1847 piece of lace which was used for the basis of the design
  • Design cast into 93 concrete panels for entire facade of new building.
  • Commissioned by National Trust to make gold lace for the restoration of the State Bedroom at Kedleston Hall
  • Made 30 metres in three designs of 18th century gold lace
  • Patterns drafted from 18th century lace which the new lace replaced in the restoration completed 2017
  • Commissioned by the Danish Lace Guild to design and make a panel of lace for the Danish Royal couple to celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary.
  • Panel created which was then mounted onto a place mat and presented with 17 others from around the world to Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik in summer 2017.

Awards, Publications and Exhibitions

  • Listed in the #iALSO 100 list for 2022, by Small Business Britain as one of the top 100 female entrepeneursin the UK for 2022.
  • Feb 2021 - Mainframe, Derby - shortlisted for Unsung Hero 
  • November 2020 - winner of Mainframe Digital Disruptor award 2020
  • 2020 - Great British Entrepreneur of the year finalist 
  • April 2019 winner of Mainframe Best Digital/Creative Innovation and New Product to Market awards
  • May 2017 - Finalist in Heritage Crafts Association, Trainer of the year award.
  • April 2016 - Finalist in Craft and Design Magazine annual Selected Maker awards.
  • 20th November 2012 – 30th December 2012, 'All that Glimmers' exhibition, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
  • 1st December 2012 - 13th January 1013, 'Study, Design, Create' exhibition, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Nuneaton.
  • 26th June-22nd July 2012, Bank's Mill Artists Exhibition, University of Derby, Markeaton St, Derby.
  • 23rd June 2012, winner of the David Hirst Award for work, at Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society Summer Lace Day.
  • 15th-21st June 2012, 'TextDuality' collaborative exhibition, Nottingham Society of Artists, Friar Lane, Nottingham.
  • 31st March 2012, 'Trails of the Unexpected' solo exhibition at Harrogate Lace Event.
  • 28th January-15th April 2012, 'Blackthorn Reborn in 'Study, Design and Create' exhibition, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.
  • 8th December 2011, interviewed on BBC East Midlands News, 'Collectors Corner'
  • 10th June 2011, interviewed on BBC East Midlands News 'Whats on Guide'
  • 5th May 2011, Derby Evening Telegraph, 'Vital Statistics of Lace' Exhibition coverage
  • 23rd April-11th December 2011, 'Vital Statistics of Lace' at Pickford's House Museum, Derby
  • April 2010 Article in WI Life
  • 2010 Article in Workbox Magazine
  • 2009 University of Derby Mentee of the year 2008/9
  • 2009 Designs published in ‘Lace’, the magazine of the Lace Guild
  • 2009 summer – Piece of contemporary lace in exhibition at Luton Museum 
  • 2008 Lace design and work published on The Lace Guild Calendar for 2009
  • 2006 In connection with NBLS staged exhibition of members work at Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum.
  • 2006 and 2003 Lace exhibited at annual conventions of the Lace Guild and at headquarters Stourbridge.
  • 2003 Lace Guild Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in assessment.
  • Designs published in 'Lace', 'Workbox' and The Lace Society newsletter
  • 2002 six pieces of lace in exhibition at Cecil Higgins Museum, Bedford in connection with International Conference, OIDFA
At work on a loom
With Nottingham Contemporary concrete
Winning at the Mainframe awards

Professional Memberships

  • East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
  • Erewash Partnership
  • The Lace Guild
  • International Organisation of Lace Inc
  • Nottinghamshire Bobbin Lace Society