Meet the artist – Louise Williams
Today’s Meet the Artist interview is with the creator of LouLou Workshop, Louise Williams.
What type of art work you do?
I make jewellery, mainly using semi-precious stones and silver, but sometimes I get drawn to shells, crystals, and some really funky glass beads. Anything sparkly!
What inspires you / influences your work?
I try and make the things that are easily wearable. After all, what’s the point in having jewellery that you only keep in a box for special occasions?
How did you come to be doing this type of work?
I did an evening class a few years ago, where I learned to make jewellery, and then discovered that I had more ideas for things than I could possibly wear myself! I work, Monday to Thursday, in property, which is a pretty factual and technical business, so this is my excuse to exercise the creative side of my brain.
Where did you train / develop your work?
I took classes at St Francis Xavier Adult Education Centre, and since then, it’s all been in my own living room! I always have a notebook in my bag though, so I can scribble down ideas when I get them.
Why are you taking part in Wandsworth Artists Open House?
I have been lucky enough to meet some fabulous, creative, and welcoming people through local craft and artists groups, and I’d love to meet some more.
What can visitors to your open house look forward to?
I have lots of lovely earrings, necklaces and bracelets in all manner of sparkling shapes and sizes, but I’ve also discovered a fascination with buttons, and have been making some lovely chunky bracelets which I can’t get enough of. Our open house will also boast fabulous textiles from the lovely Gillian (our hostess) at Fabric Nation, and from Margarita at Chocolate Creative, lovely pieces by Amelia Critchlow and gorgeous glass by Mandy Treptow. Spoiled for choice!
Whose work are you looking forward to seeing in the Wandsworth Artists Open House?
What do you like about being an artist living or working in Tooting and Furzedown?
Being something of a newcomer to Furzedown, I have found that this has been a wonderful way to meet people, and to become part of a lovely group of friends.
Who is favourite artist / art work and why?
The architect, Frank Gehry, has designed some really striking jewellery for Tiffany, which I’m a big fan of. I love the idea that good design is aesthetically pleasing regardless of scale, so the same lines will work as well on an office block in Hannover, as on a necklace pendant. And I’m quite inspired by someone else who has found a way to bridge the gap between property and jewellery design.
What new projects do you have planned next?
I have been playing with tiaras and wedding head dresses and am even making the head dress for a friend’s wedding in December. A lot of pressure to make it perfect, but a great chance to be a part of someone’s big day!
Thank you Louise!