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Who is Felt Mistress?
Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. Originally trained in fashion design and millinery, Louise has brought many of the skills learnt through years of work as a couture dress maker to the world of character design. As well as original Felt Mistress characters Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute), Ben Newman and Pete Fowler (Louise created "John Evans" from Pete's designs for Gruff Rhys' "American Interior" film, 2014). Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally and in 2010 she was given her own window on Oxford Street as part of Selfridges' Christmas display. In 2011, together with Jonathan, she spent 6 weeks in Japan creating work for a gallery residency in Nara which culminated in headlining the Headspace arts festival in Osaka. In 2013 she was a speaker and exhibitior at the prestigious international character design festival, Pictoplasma, in Berlin and staged her largest exhibition yet, The Hiber-Nation, at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It featured her biggest creations to date including a 9ft tall "Hugger".
"Felt Mistress : Creature Couture" - a 400 page book containing all her work to date - was published in November 2012.
She states her main interests as sewing, Japan, buttons, creatures, cake and Mr Edwards. When not sewing she likes to dream she'll live to see the day when you can download French Fancies "off of the Internet".