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About

Lou Stafford, originally from the Midlands but now living near oswestry in Shropshire attended teacher training college in Derby studying art as her main subject. Her passion for art and design strengthened but she soon realised that teaching was not for her. She has worked as a Garden Designer and Wedding Florist where her “eye” for colour and arrangement won her prizes.

More recently circumstance and determination has allowed her to further her passion for watercolour, acrylics and free-motion machine embroidery. Being completely self-taught in these media she finds her own ways to produce work through experimentation and trial and error.

Lou has written an ongoing series of children's books (originally written for her new granddaughter) which she has written and illustrated "The Straad Pack and the Mystery of the BIG Noise", "The Christmas Story" and mostly recently "Losing Woody in the Secret Land"

Before moving to Oswestry she was a member of the Herefordshire Guild of Designer Crafts People with whom she exhibited and sold her work as well as exhibiting and selling at other events and galleries. Lou exhibits and sells her work throughout the UK


Artist Statement

Lou Stafford’s individual style has developed into a unique technique which brings her to this point in her development: constructing work from tiny pieces of thread millimetres in length, blending the colours as a watercolour or oils painter would on a palette, then bonding the mix to a base fabric. This base is then topstitched with free-motion machine embroidery and finally mounted and framed. Her fascination for colour and texture is also used in her watercolours and acrylics where she has a lightness of touch which is influenced by her love of the countryside,