Louise Renae Anderson

My passion for cloth originated from my study of Fashion Design. Learning to understand structure, texture, colour and handle and how to cut, drape and sew cloth with skill.  This love for such a material lead me to study hand woven textiles.  My work is inspired by natural materials and most importantly both the process of making and quality craftsmanship.

My current textiles work is concerned with the passage of time and how this may be reflected and incorporated within hand woven textiles. Time also underpins the quality and the skill in using processes and techniques involving traditional methods of dyeing and weaving and natural materials combined with a contemporary approach to design.  I am particularly interested in the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi and its intangible, spiritual qualities.  I see the repetitive, rhythmical nature of hand weaving as a form of meditation and escape from today’s fast-paced society.

Born  1979

 Master in Contemporary Textiles (With Distinction).
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK.
2005-08  BA (Hons) Textile Design (1st Class Honours). Specializing in Hand-Dyed, Hand-Woven Textiles. University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK.
1995-98  Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design & Technology. 
Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington, New Zealand.

Achievements & Awards
  ‘New Designers’ Awards Received: Selvedge Award, Melin Tregwynt Promising Talent 
Award also Nominated for Worshipful Company of Weavers Associate Prize.
1998  Rembrant Suits Award for Excellence 1998. New Zealand.
1997  Dupont Lycra Award: 1st in swimwear category & Supreme Award, NZ.

 ‘Blue’ at Devon Guild.
2011  Association Amitiés Tissées, Paris.
An exhibition showcasing young textile creators from four countries; France, Japan, Austria, UK.
‘MA Graduate Show’, James Hockey Gallery, UCA, Farnham, UK.
‘Blue’, Flow Gallery, Nottinghill, London.
‘Collect’ Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London.
2010  ‘Transition and Influence: the interface between cloth and culture’. Featured as an emerging artist.
‘Made’ MA Show, James Hockey Gallery, UCA, Farnham, UK.
‘Rising Stars’ New Ashgate Gallery. Farnham, UK.
The Farnham Maltings, Farnham, UK.
2009  Insight Into Beauty. Contemporary Craft Inspired by Japan. The Embassy of Japan, London.
‘Techzibition’ The James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham.
Designers Crafts: With the Society of Designers Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries, London. Awarded Distinction.
2008  ‘Design Shibori’ 7th International Shibori Symposium 2008: International student exhibition at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
‘New Designers’ Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

  Artist in Residence. University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

  ‘Generation Game’ Guide to Collect, Crafts Magazine May / June 2011 Issue.




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