Saturday, 25 September 2010

Meet the maker...Louise Barter of Secret Garden Studio.

Over the next few months in the run up to Reveal we will be finding out more information on the exhibitors taking part. We'll get to know where they trained, where they get their inspiration from and more details of what they make.

Today we meet Louise Barter of Secret Garden Studio.

I studied Textiles for my HND and then continued onto Degree level at The Winchester School of Art. My passion for fabrics and pattern, has led me into creating contemporary wall hangings. I like to source unusual materials, many of which have been recycled from vintage closets! I'm bonkers about buttons and enjoy using them to give an added tactile dimension to my work.
Past commercial experience in the fashion industry, has given me the desire to turn my attention to the interior boutique! I try to capture a certain childlike naivety within my imagery, but with an air of sophistication. I believe that simplicity holds the key to good design and composition. My inspiration derives from everyday objects or nature, as I thrive on the challenge of taking something considered 'normal' and styling it into a modern masterpiece!
Remembering back to my primary school years, I recall wanting to become a wallpaper designer. I had a fascination for repeat patterns and spent many an hour sketching and doodling. My creativity blossomed over time, always with the desire to have an artistic occupation. It's quite ironic now, reflecting back, to realise that I've finally achieved my childhood dream, albeit via Applique Wall Art.
I am a great believer of individuality and making a statement, so follow your intuition and don't ever by deterred. Stay true to yourself and let everything else follow.
I love what I do; it's a part of who I am.

You can see Louise's Contemporary Applique wall art at Reveal 25-28 November and  2-5 December 2010.