My name is Louise Hibbert and I have been a professional maker, designing and creating intricate boxes and handheld sculptures out of wood, plastic and metal for 24 years. Some of these have been collaborations with Sarah Parker-Eaton, a jeweller based in Bedfordshire, England. These have been really fun and helped to develop both of our individual careers. I am also excited to have started a range of hand-fabricated jewellery made from gold, silver, copper and resin. My most recent project Cawdaw, with my friend Sharon Perry, has taken me in even more new directions. It’s always been important to me to keep learning new skills and this is certainly doing that. Our goal is to produce a range of high quality, enduring products for the home that are environmentally friendly, ethical and ultimately easily recyclable.
I grew up near Southampton, England and have always been into making things. I studied 3D design in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics at Brighton University in England before going on to become a full-time professional maker. I moved to North Wales, which is a beautiful area, and then moved to Virginia, USA for 7 years after a 2 month residency in Philadelphia. I have now returned to Wales where I continue to create nature inspired pieces that I exhibit in Galleries and shows around the world and sell on Etsy.com.
I have a small shed that I built in my garden where I work, which has a wonderful view down to the village promenade and the Menai Straights. I still use a 1950 Wadkin Bursgreen lathe that I love, a faithful companion that I bought second-hand when I started and who travelled with me to the States and back!
I am constantly seeking new inspiration for my work in books, museums, on the internet and in the wild. I love microscopic creatures, marine life, beetles, bugs, seeds – particularly the weird and wonderful – basically anything that intrigues and delights me with its form, texture or color! I love trying new things and constantly push myself in terms of designs and techniques.
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