You know what...
I really believe in my product.
I think it is truly beautiful and the highest quality available. I wear my scarves all the time.
Having worked long and hard on creating a 'product' with local designers and British manufacturers I have developed a unique item which is a pleasure to wear.
'Because I Love you' Red Leopard / Black and Gold.
Original Embroidery exhibited and sold at an international show in India.
These limited edition pieces represent the intense and highly detailed embroidered artworks that I have completed over the last 10 years. The designs are developed from high resolution photographs of artworks that I have completed for a range of public commissions, exhibitions and private clients. These clients include Liberty, The Saatchi Gallery and Gallery Espace, India.
They are not digital or photo-shop designs, they are photographs of my embroidered and painted and appliqued works printed onto fine quality Crepe de Chine silk.
'Because I Love You' Grey and Red Leopard
I had the idea to develop my large embroidered artworks into something wearable 1 year ago.
I am now on my 4th edition print run but this time I am preparing my largest stock pile of gorgeous Crepe De Chine Silk Scarves for a Department store.
To kick start this collaboration I have just installed a double window display either side of Hoopers revolving door. In window 1 I have staged a 'mock studio' to make the connection between threads, scissors, fabric and finished artwork.
HOOPERS Collaboration - My first major Retail adventure!
Me setting up the display in Window 1 on Monday
Completed window 1 - Lou Gardiner's studio.
Hoopers window 2 - Lou Gardiner's Originals and Bespoke Products.
Also on display a recently finished Large Original Embroidery 'Of land, of sea, of mind'
It is wonderful to have found a prestigious place who will support and represent me at a crucial time in my career. It is absolutely wonderful that it is local. I am delighted that they believe in my work and have given me such an exciting platform to show my collection.
Fingers crossed it is successful.
HOORAY FOR HOOPERS!
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