Louise O'Hara

Lou is a mixed media artist based in a small village in the heart of Cheshire; she works from her small studio which is filled to the rafters with boxes of ephemera, vintage fabrics, typewriters, sewing machines, threads, hand painted papers and books and her rescue Jack Russell "Patch" is never far away!

 

During her Masters Degree in Fashion and Textiles Lou discovered ‘wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’; this really captures her inspirations and the work which she produces. She is influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell. Lou likes to photograph and record elements of trace, things that indicate a remnant or mark of something previous. The aim is that these recordings come through in the tactile surface which she creates in her mixed media pieces.

 

Lou uses a combination of layered surfaces, collaged fabrics and papers, machine, hand stitch and drawing to create one off pieces and she often incorporates vintage and discarded items into her work to convey messages of nostalgia and uses collage and stitch to hold layers together but also as a tool for drawing.

 

Her four favourite words are…..trace, absence, imperfection & serendipity.