Putting the normally genteel art of embroidery and lively contemporary artist Louise Gardiner in the same sentence doesn’t make much sense – until you see her quirky work.
Louise is a pioneer of her unique free machine embroidery style which involves letting your imagination and sewing machine run away with wonderful visual ideas, often involving large pieces of material.
And her work has certainly captured the public’s imagination, as her current successful exhibition at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal, Cheshire, and resulting wealth of commissions demonstrates.
“People do find it unusual that what they’re seeing and, hopefully, appreciating is actually embroidery,” she says with her usual burst of energy. “But it’s funny when you see the wonder in people’s faces when they realise it’s stitch!” read on...
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