About The Artist

Kaye Louwen

I am a high-school Maths teacher (now part-time), with 4 adult daughters and now 10 lovely grand-children. I lived in Kalgoorlie for 12 years, leaving there at the beginning of 2012 to move to Mt Barker (WA).

I have always liked making things, and growing up learned to sew, knit, crochet, embroider and tat.

As an adult I have attended many courses in such diverse areas as origami, patchwork, paper-makng, marbling, calligraphy and Chinese brush-painting. For a long time my main medium was clay, and I studied ceramics at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle TAFE and then Curtin VTEC in Kalgoorlie.

I have also taught courses in silk-ribbon embroidery and ribbon roses, paper-making, origami, pottery and nuno-felted silk and wool scarves.

I discovered felting about seven or eight years ago, and after attending a one-day workshop have read many books and shared ideas with other felters. I love experimenting with colours, and wool and silk are fabulous to work with. I am a member of Feltwest, and of Felters in the Great Southern (FIGS), and have participated in the Southern Art Trail since living in Mt Barker. I have also helped organise the annual Easter Art Bazaar in the Porongurup Hall.

I have had the privilege of being able to attend many workshops in the last few years (thanks to Chez of Great Southern Workshops). I have learned much from Marjolein Dallinga, Pam Hovel, Pam de Groot, Fiona Duthie, Martien van Zuillen and Katia Mokeyeva.

My work can be seen at Gallery Aura in Kojonup, the Riverfront Gallery in Denmark, and the Art-Craft Emporium in Mt Barker. During the Southern Art Trail it can also be seen at the Albany Museum and the Torbay Function Centre