Louise Wells, Inglewood, WA

Website: www.louisewells.com

My work is often inspired by our untold or hidden stories, the ones we keep close to our hearts. I am fascinated by the contrast and often conflicts these have to the person we see. Only through enquiry do we discover the complexity of the journey people have travelled.

A long break from a full-time textile practice in my 20s to raise my 3 children allowed me to learn and explore many areas of textile interest for pure enjoyment. My current textile practice reflects this development and life experience.

louise-wells-honouring-good-menHonouring Good Men

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions:  81 x 75 x 2cm ( 32 x 29 x 1 1/2in) (H x W)
Statement:  “Pull up your socks, tuck in your shirt, straighten your tie, put on a brave face…”
Ties are formal wear for weddings, funerals, and work; all places where men, often through necessity, tend to hold their thoughts and emotions close to their heart, in order to have the strength to fight the battle, seal the deal, protect loved ones, or save face.
We usually see only one side of the person. Here, unpicked, we see the reverse also. This can be complementary, contrasting, and sometimes very surprising. By stitching and binding together the public face and the normally hidden private side, a glimpse of the whole man is seen.
Exhibitions: Stitched and Bound 2014 Back to The Razor’s Edge
Purchased by City of Melville
Photographer: Josh Wells

louise-wells-its-not-just-what-you-seeIt’s not just what you see…

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions:  77 x 63cm (30 x 24 1/2in) (H x W)
Statement: The hidden stories you hear by being in the right place at the right time, asking the right questions …amazing, wonderful and sometimes sad. This work is about 99 of those stories which have given me much admiration for the story tellers.
Exhibitions: Stitched and Bound 2012
Photographer: Josh Wells