About Me

Lou is an emerging artist working in an ancient medium using modern materials and techniques.

Hi my name is Louise, I’m an artist who works with glass beads and thread, I’m from Mackay, QLD, Aus.

Well I’ve turned 30 and I have one younger brother. Currently I live with one of my many cousins and three cats. I work as a general utility or Cleaning Technician which is a fancy name for a cleaner, to earn my bread and butter. And what I really want you to know is that I don’t have great eyesight I am legally blind without my glasses so please don’t tell me that I must have fantastic eyesight its very vexing. tnx.

Beading, Beadweaving, Beadsmith

I bead

and bead

and bead

and bead some more…

Growing Up

We use to live in a house on the highway, about half way between town and Bakers Creek where my friend Zoe lived. We didn’t actually spend that much time at home because we would be out at Zoe’s or Grandma’s, up in the mountains, on holiday at Orlando’s Beach or down to Brisbane. My mum is a nurse and has been for 40 years and my dad has done a few things from being a farm hand, to owning his own business. Mostly I remember him working for M.E.B which became Ergon. And I have a younger brother Michael.

I spent a lot of time wandering around mountain farms either following dad around with the men or off by my self exploring and looking for bones and rocks. My nick name was Chook because dad said I scratched around in the dirt like a chook. That or I’d be running around with Zoe and the Bakers Creek kids Zoe was looking after. My parents don’t know where I got my creative streak from and seem kinda baffled by it but really I got it from them.

My mum would make us clothes as kids and I had a little sewing machine when I was younger, she also made crochet coat hangers and did cross stitch (mine always got hideously tangled at the back) and other crafty things. While dad built a car porch with corrugated iron and light poles. He made a swing for us that went around from another light pole and some harnesses which all the kids loved. He also built us several cubby houses over the years and brought home dinning car from a train and sat it on the pig sty as another cubby house. Michael and I would play office up there with a view of the green turf farm behind our house.

We would make Christmas decorations for the tree and at school our hallway in grade three was done up as an amazon forest. In Brisbane we would go to GOMA where I was inspired by some of the art there, and unimpressed by the rest of it. Yayoi Kusama was a huge inspiration growing up. But I never really suck with anything art wise even though I knew I wanted to be a writer and an artist. My parents did try to discourage me from becoming an artist believing that they would be saving me from a tough life.

However mum took me to a bracelet making work shop when I was a teen and I sort of kind of got interested in beading but it was a while before I came across a photo of a 3d beaded sphere and thought hey I could do that. Two a tempts later and my first 3d sphere was made from looking at a photo. It wasn’t the best attempt ever but it was good enough. Over the next few years I would improve my technique, changing the way I made the spheres and eventually getting rid of the larger beads which were hard to get and never looked good for long. I came up with my own way to fill in the gaps that made them look seamless unlike the jarring change in direction other beadweavers were doing.

The first few years were a bit slow as I tried to make jewellery but it wasn’t for me, and also I spent a while embroidering beadwork on to dolls clothes. During this time I was working as a day cleaner to start and then I was out at the mine camps. Eventually as I learn more stitches and techniques I moved more into my stand alone 3d work. Currently I am working in town as a cleaner as I work towards becoming a full time artist and getting my art out there into the world.

Thanks so much for stopping by, if it wasn’t for the amazing people who interact with me on the internet my bead weaving would still be just an odd hobby.

All the best Louise.

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