Lou Haywood
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July Open Studios

mixed-media textiles, quilting, felted vessels.
Vibrant, layered mixed media textile pieces with a strong sense of place, often hand dyed or using natural, up- or recycled materials.
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An academic, quilt maker and aspiring mixed-media textile artist. I’ve been making quilts as The Makar’s Guild for about 10 years and am author of an occasional blog under that name. I learned to quilt with quilter, author and blogger, Thomas Knauer in Cambridge, UK, and developed a mixed-media textile practice as a student of Gill Collington, before undertaking the SEFWI Patchwork & Quilting Creative Stitch Course. I’m a founding member of the Tactics and Praxis group, which examines the place of craft and other reparative and materially productive practices in academic life. Learn about us here and read our manifesto here .

My work is informed by a profound sense of place, the environment and the mythic; by the luminosity and insubstantiality of light and water; and processes of natural decay. It uses natural and up- or recycled materials, often hand-dyed. Recent work includes wall hangings and vessels using layering and folding, felting, faux chenille, and raised quilting techniques. I’ve exhibited with the Eastern Region Textile Forum.



Zigzag quilt in stormy neutrals and blues