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Cromford Studio and Gallery 27th-29th May 2017

Louise will be demonstrating bobbin lace and inviting everyone to have a go at this open art weekend. 

Martin Sloman has invited Louise along with Rebecca Morledge to demonstrate for the weekend and invites everyone to come along. 

Event is free and open between 10am and 5pm daily.

More details by contacting the gallery, Market Place, Cromford, DE4 3QE, tel. 01629 826434


poster for open arts weekend Cromford 2017

poster for open arts weekend Cromford 2017

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

'Study, Design and Create' exhibition

1st February 2012

My 'Blackthorn Reborn' was selected for this exhibition at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham and forms part of the exhibition by members of the 98 Lace Group.

The work was inspired by a collection of 18th century lappets, selected from the Blackbourne collection by the Bowes museum for the group to work from.

The exhibition runs between 28th January and 15th April 2012. 

It is anticipated that the exhibition will move to the Nuneaton and Dudley museum later in the year.

Photograph of the exhibition. Louise's piece shown top right of the photograph.