Louise Hardman

Hanging III, 75cm x 38cm (+20cm fringe), hand woven from cotton, linen, mono polyamid, sisal, drift wood

Louise Hardman is a hand-loom weaver living in Co Fermanagh. Her loom-and-yarn-filled workshop is set in one of our county’s most stunning landscapes.

Louise trained at Brighton College of Art where she completed a certificate in Woven and Printed Textiles.
 
Having moved to Co Fermanagh, she joined Camphill Community Clanabogan in our neighbouring county, Tyrone, where she has worked for the last 12 years, in the weavery. The community underpins her creative working life.
 
With her Canadian husband Wayne, Louise’s working name Wove in Hove has built a reputation for woven designs in apparel and interiors. She uses mainly natural fibres and yarns such as slubbed cottons, linen, wools and silks. Her palette is influenced by her love of the special colours and textures found in the landscapes of Co Fermanagh, and is also derived from the work of the Sussex Charleston group of artists and writers.
 
The hand woven hangings shown at this exhibition reflect a diversion from Louise’s current weaving of scarves and wraps. They portray her interest in how woven textiles work, using often airy, tenuous-feeling yarns that can introduce light and shadow effects and create a feeling of coolness and simplicity.
 
In August 2015, Louise exhibited in Lisburn’s R Gallery’s ‘Linen Futures’. This exhibition will re-open at the Ulster Museum next month. Louise’s woven work was displayed alongside other members of Belfast’s successful craft collective ‘Space Craft’ in their gallery last month.
 

Over the last few years Louise has been selected several times as a finalist in Dublin’s RDS craft exhibition and the Craft Council of Ireland’s ‘Tread Softly’ themed show, also based at the RDS.
 

Hanging V - 66cm x 19cm, hand woven from cotton, linen and viscose
Hanging V - 66cm x 19cm, hand woven from cotton, linen and viscose
Hanging IV - 57cm x 35cm, hand woven from linen flax, cotton, acrylic sheet, monofil polyamid
Hanging IV - 57cm x 35cm, hand woven from linen flax, cotton, acrylic sheet, monofil polyamid
Hanging II - 33cm x 14cm, hand felted from merino fleece
Hanging II - 33cm x 14cm, hand felted from merino fleece
Hanging I - 158cm x 31cm, hand woven from cotton, linen and wool
Hanging I - 158cm x 31cm, hand woven from cotton, linen and wool