Isn’t it wonderful to see a local artist (at least local to us here at SST!) doing so well? Below is an extract from SoCheshire’s interview with Louise;
“Cheshire textile artist Louise Gardiner has been commissioned to create a giant painted and embroidered quilt as part of Liberty of London’s 140th anniversary celebrations.
The quilt will be on display at the famous department store from 23rd April for a whole year. It will first be on show in the store’s window for a month, and then in its new Haberdashery Department for the remainder of the year.
The quilt, entitled Steering the Lighthouse of Love, uses Victorian maritime tattoos as its theme, inspired by the fact that the Tudor-style department store itself was built using timbers from two naval ships, HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan.
The quilt depicts a stylised red and white lighthouse, with its torch beaming out over stormy seas set within a rope frame.
Beneath is a ship’s wheel surrounded by old English roses and steered by two busty ladies reminiscent of the female figures sailors had tattooed on their arms.
Above is a decorative scroll worked with the name Liberty and supported by two pouting mermaids, while other motifs include swallows and union jacks.
Louise spent time researching historical maritime tattoos and says she was attracted to their subversive, faintly cheeky nature.
To reflect this, she has used the strong reds, blues and blacks associated with traditional tattoos, but has also added brasher colours such as neon, gold and metallic and has placed the central lighthouse in frame of high-visibility fabric which will glow in the dark.”
To read the full article please visit http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/news-4/10555/wilmslow-textile-artist-at-liberty-london