Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Canon EOS 500D
KBC (2011 Translated from German) –
“Louise has a strong felling for design and enjoyment of colour. Always interested, reliable and prompt, all tasks entrusted to her were carefully and conscientiously executed”.
Mirjam Roudén (2011) –
“Louise worked mainly on digital photo manipulations and a few placement prints using mixed people’s drawings, and the result is very successful. Louise showed great initiative whilst on the placement and is hard working and reliable. It was a great success having her”.
2009 – to date:
BA(Hons) Textiles Design at Manchester Metropolitan University
Sep - Dec 2010:
Short evening course in Dress Making at Manchester College
2008 - 09:
Art Foundation Course (Distinction) at MMU
2006 - 08:
A’ Levels; Art (A); Textiles (A)
2006 - 07:
AS’ Level Photography (B) at Hurtwood House School, Surrey
Middle Years Program (MYP) International Baccalaureate at International School of Basel (Equivalent to 5+ GCSEs)
- Work Experience
Mirjam Rouden Textile Design Studio, London, Designer
Ted Baker, London – Textile Buying Assistant
Feb-11 – Apr-11
KBC, Textile Design and Manufacturering company, Germany, Designer
Sep-10 – Feb11
Las Iguanas, Manchester; Cocktail waitress, (Part-time some evenings & weekends) working as team and with the public
Apr-10 – Jun 11
Design & manufacture of unique handmade greeting cards for a number of Retail outlets in Manchester; Designing, assembling, packaging & selling greetings cards in my spare time
Jan-06 – Sep-07
Textile-Atelier Karin Diethelm, Basel (Part-time); Assisting the Designer and workshops
Jan-06 – Sep-07
Sandro Infanti - Custom Jewelry, Aesch (Part-time); Assisting the Designer & making bespoke jewelry
- Key Skills
Textile designer, Fashion and Creative thinking for all areas of design.
- Additional Highlights
Successfully selling prints to companies during my internships at KBC and Mirjam Rouden design studio.
A Highlight was seeing one of my prints on a blouse in a high-street store.
Basso&Brooke, Etro, MatthewWillaims, Mary Katrantzou
For those yet to discover you, how would you describe your collection's aesthetic?
My designs are an exploration of striking imagery, colour and digital techniques. The inspiration for my designs is drawn from my travels at home and abroad including Barcelona, Vancouver and Geneva. My intrigue in the strong structures and lines found across architecture and nature, together with my love for vivd colours, has contribute to my working style.
Intended for the high-end fashion market, my contemporary prints have each evolved from my personal compilation of photographs. These photographs have then been developed through digital manipulation into bespoke abstract prints full of life colour and movement.
When did you first realise it was what you wanted to do?
I have had a life long interest in creative arts. In between leaving school in Switzerland and starting my A Levels I had the opportunity to work in a creative Textile Atelier. I then went onto study Textile Design before deciding to continue to degree level at MMU.
What motivates you?
I enjoy the creative process and love developing an idea from its conception to a final design. The ulitimate drive is to see a design printed and made into a finished garment and to achieve success.
What inspires your designs?
Whenever I travel I always take my camera with me looking to capture new images that excite and inspire me. Using these photographs as a starting point, I transcribe them into paintings-prints, using a variety of methods and materials.
What is exciting in fashion and music right now?
I am excited by the development of digital design, which has opened up world of possibilities for designers. I think it is also very interesting the combine the use of handcrafted element with digital. The possibilities for design are now limitless.
Tell us about what you have planned for the future.
On leaving University I would like the opportunity to experience working within both small and large design houses, where I can further develop and learn all aspects of design and production, whilst continuing to develop own ideas. This would be very exciting. In the last 2 years I have gained invaluable work experience during several placements where I was able to experience my designs being sold. It was very rewarding to see my designs on sale and this has further encouraged me to follow my dreams of being a designer. Ultimately I would like to have my own fashion label.