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Mainframe Derby 2021 awards shortlist
This year, after a difficult 12 months, supporting my students and a wider lacemaking community online, one of my students nominated me for an award for 'Unsung Hero' and on 24th February at the virtual online awards shortlisting event, I was shortlisted for the award. Now eagerly awaiting the final results on 27th April. Join me and everyone else at Mainframe, Derby on YouTube that evening to celebrate some amazing people.
Thank you to my students and Mainframe for the shortlisting.
Mainframe award 2020
In November 2020, after a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the finals were held in a virtual online ceremony for the Mainframe awards 2020.
I was delighted to win the Digital Disruptor award that evening, adding to my two from last year!
Thank you to everyone at the Quad and Mainframe Derby for the award.
Full results can be seen at Mainframe Awards 2020 Winners Words (mainframederby.co.uk)
Heritage craft recognised in digital awards
On 11th April 2019, Louise received two awards from Mainframe at the Quad in Derby, for Best Digital/Creative Innovation and New Product to Market, for the Ready to work laser cut patterns. The idea grabbed the judges attention for the innovative way it solved a problem and being completely new to the lacemakers. They also liked the way it is using digital technology in a very traditional craft.
Thank you to the Quad for organising these awards and for the fantastic awards evening.
Laser Cut patterns launched
The first laser cut patterns went on sale on 6th October 2018 at the Fenland Lace Fair, after the successful crowdfunder.
The patterns which are created using digital technology, and using a laser cutter to cut the holes, means the lacemaker can now obtain a ready to work pattern with all the hard work taken out of the process. The patterns have the pin holes in place, and lines accurately marked using a computer digital file. This takes out the physical process of prreparation, removes inaccuracies and saves a huge amount of time on larger patterns. It also helps anyone with sight or hand problems, as this process is something that people first start struggling with.
Lacemakers can purchase any of Louise's patterns from anywhere in the world.
Lacemakers supported this project to get it off the ground through the crowdfunder and their patterns were supplied before they went on general sale and there has been a good response to them.
Future designs released by Louise will all be available to buy in this format.
On 16th April 2018, the crowdfunder that was launched 4 weeks earlier, successfully reached its target.
This is enabling the purchase of a laser cutter to produce laser cut, ready to work patterns for bobbin lacemaking. Initially the project will produce the patterns for everyone pledging for the reward of a pattern, before going into production for general sale. All of the patterns from the Bedfordshire Lace Designs book published last year by Louise, will be available as ready to work, along with all the pattern sheets also published by Louise. When production starts in a few weeks, the patterns will be available worldwide, and locally in the UK at fairs.
In addition to this, Louise will offer the service to anyone designing on a computer programme to produce the pattern for their designs, either as a one off for individual lacemakers or to designers for them to market and sell.
More details to follow once production has started.
A huge thank you to everyone who has pledged, and backed the project - your support and belief in the project means so much and has enabled it to become a reality from the initial dream.
A full list of supporters will be going on a page shortly.