Tuesday, 19 February 2013

LOUISE GOODCHILD DESIGNS

FEATURE ARTIST
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LOUISE GOODCHILD
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I am in awe of Louise Goodchild's stunning wirework!
It's supremely feminine, delicately painterly and 
immensely collectable! 

Her pendants are like minature paintings, each fine 
wire line, telling a story ...
Louise uses handmade lampwork, polymer clay
and semi-precious beads in her hand-forged
wirework pieces.  She is well known for her
Goddess Pendants, which she makes to order for
other earthly goddesses to wear!

I was so lucky to catch up with her recently to learn
a little more about her as an artist.  Read on, to find
out more ...

WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND? 
I was born and brought up here in Buckinghamshire,
where I still live with my husband.

   
 

    












Above: OCEAN WAVE Pendant by Louise Goodchild

DID YOU ALWAYS ASPIRE TO BE A JEWELLERY 
DESIGNER?
I fell into jewellery quite by accident when I was doing
some work for a haberdashery company a few years
back and found a box of beads on a shelf ... I've not had
any formal training - I'm self-taught from books, the odd
tutorial and lots of experimentation.
 

Above: THE FOUNTAIN by Louise Goodchild

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?

My 'studio' is two desks in our spare bedroom.  I'm sometimes
envious of people who have proper studios with lovely
views, but then I remember that I'm lucky to have the use
of a spare bedroom - many people have to manage with a
corner of the dining table!

    




















Above: RED HAIRED GODDESS Pendant by Louise Goodchild

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?

There's no limit to the things that might spark an
idea, but I'm mostly inspired by nature - trees,
plants, the sea, etc... As well as myths, legends
and fairytales.






















Above: THE GRAIL by Louise Goodchild

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE DESIGN AND WHY?

My favourite designs are probably my wirework pendants.
I do make all kinds of jewellery, but I'm always drawn 
back to the idea of a tiny wirework picture in a frame.
My wire goddess pendants seem to have struck a chord
with other people, so I also make quite a few of those.

       




















Above: THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER by Louise Goodchild

WHERE DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK? AND HOW DO
YOU PROMOTE YOURSELF?

I have an ETSY SHOP and a WEBSITE and I also
share my pictures (and general ramblings) through my
FACEBOOK page. 

  













Above: Louise Goodchild's TREE of LIFE RINGS

WHAT PIECES ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING
ON?

In between custom orders and making findings for other
jewellery designers, I'm currently working on a wall
hanging depicting the four seasons and a new 
collection of pendants based on a series of books
I've loved since I was a child.

     











Above:  THE FOUR SEASONS Wall Hanging by Louise Goodchild

DO YOU TEACH, DEMONSTRATE OR WRITE TUTORIALS?

I don't teach, but I recently wrote my first TUTORIAL, which can be 
found on my website and in my Etsy Shop and I plan to write
more, as soon as I have the time!






















Above: PORTHOLE Pendant by Louise Goodchild

HAVE YOU ANY ADVICE TO PASS ON TO OTHERS?

My advice to others would be to take your time learning your
craft and never assume you can't do something - sometimes
you might surprise yourself!

     














Above:  Lampwork beads by Trudi Doherty, Earring Design by
Louise Goodchild

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE ASPIRATIONS  
AND PLANS? 

Like most creative people, I would like to be able 
to do what I love full time.  Unfortunately, that's
still something of a distant dream, so I shall keep
making and sharing and maybe ... one day, 
I'll get there!

 
















Above: SUNSET TREE by Louise Goodchild 
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I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT  
THAT LOUISE WILL FULFILL HER  
DREAMS AS A WIRE ARTIST! 
and I can hear the applause, praise 
and cheers from other Guild members  
in total agreement!!
   














   

9 comments:

  1. Louise's work is just beautiful! I have purchased her tutorial off of Etsy and I hope she writes more.

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  2. Unos trabajos impresionantemente hermosos!!!!
    Te felicito!!!!

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  3. Beautiful works and inspirational words - Louise Goodchild is a wonderful artist! Thanks for bringing her before us!

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  4. I couldn't agree more with all your comments! Louise has a beautiful narrative and very distinct style - I personally love her work too! :D

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  5. These really spark the imagination love them all :)

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  6. very distinctive style, you can recognise immediately any of the designs in pinterest etc which is a great achievement

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  7. I came across her work one day while looking for tutorials on the tree of life, I was inspired by her fabulous pendants, they were, idk, just MORE than the other pendants ive seen.. the details are so intricate and inspiring!! I have adopted the concept, but not her technique, as I haven't purchased the tutorials, but hope to create some pieces similar to her stunning work!! All credit to Louise of course!! Thank you for this post!!

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