From my small studio, at home, in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, I design and create original textile paintings, 3d vessels, home accessories and wearable art. Much of my work is inspired by the flora and fauna on my doorstep and the changing landscape across our beautiful British Isles.
I have always enjoyed being creative and I love home interiors, so once I decided to take a break from my role in a local school a few years ago, it seemed a perfect opportunity to explore my creativity further. I spent eighteen months exploring textile art techniques and loved the freedom they gave me to express my own ideas. Since then, I have been developing my love of art, through textiles and in November 2019, I set up a small, artisan business under my own name, Louise Hancox Textile Artist. Exploring the use of wool through felting, I particularly love to work with wet felting techniques and whilst I am naturally creative, I am totally self-taught. Combining felting techniques with applique and embroidery, it has been suggested that my work mimics oil painting, and a closer inspection reveals the depth, texture and rich tones created through my use of wool, silks and other effect fibres. It’s certainly true that I love colour and texture, but I am also excited by the hands-on approach to my craft, manipulating natural fibres and fabrics into pieces of art. During lockdown, I began to develop my knowledge and skills with dye techniques and currently I am exploring eco printing, predominantly using locally foraged plant materials to produce a unique range of silk scarves.
Hoping to inspire others to enjoy the therapeutic nature of felting, I offer needle felting workshops, designed to enable others to explore their creativity and to learn something new. In addition, I have created a range of needle felting kits, which contain everything required to learn to make a beautiful needle felt picture for yourself.
You can find more of my work in my online shop here: https://thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/shop/louise-hancox-textile-artist/
Broadway Arts Festival Exhibition, 2021
International Feltmakers Exhibition, Oriel CRiC Gallery 2022
International Feltmakers Association
Vale of Evesham Art Society
SBS Small Business Sunday Winner