I had the most wonderful last minute opportunity to meet Louise of Louise Hancox Textiles in Coverack this week. We were chatting on line in the Makers area of The British Craft House when we suddenly realised Louise was on holiday ten minutes drive from where I live. Serendipity or what!
We both have dogs and arranged to meet at the harbour on the quayside and take our dogs for a run on the sands. It was a magical clear October afternoon, cool and sunny.
We met with big smiles and had a wonderful chat for the next two hours across the wide spectrum of our textile lives.
Our experience with being a member of TBCH is a little different. Louise joined right at the beginning and has grown her business in parallel with its journey. Louise talked about the success of her needle felting kits and the development of her amazingly tactile felted bowls.
I joined the TBCH earlier this year and although it wasn’t my first experience of selling on line it is the first time I’ve put all my energy behind promoting a web shop. Previous to this I’ve mostly been selling my range of handwoven organic cotton baskets and gifts at Artisan markets and events here in Cornwall.
It was fabulous to talk about our plans and the direction we would like to take our textile enterprises. For me this will hopefully be less everyday markets but more specific artisan led events including Cornwall Open Studios. Developing a line of smaller gift ideas to subsidise my 3D art pieces is my aim. As TBCH steadily becomes the go to on line curated gallery for the UK I’ll be ready to introduce new customers to the marvels of how handmade cloth can be both sustainable and beautiful in their homes.
Louise was explaining how she feels ready to offer more in the way of workshops starting with dry needle felting. Also her idea to utilise her home studio area to display her work on a more permanent basis and be able to invite guests to private viewings and sales of work.
It was evident we are both extremely passionate about our textile work. We laughed in agreement that it is the first thing we think about on waking or in any downtime we might have. Louise was clearly inspired by the light and the seascape surroundings of Cornwall as am I. It was a joyous interlude in my day and we have plans to meet again next time Louise is south of the Tamar.
In answer to the question I can hear on all your lips – no we didn’t swim 🤣. Louise had been in earlier in her wetsuit but by the time we made it onto the beach at low tide the wind was too brisk for swimsuits. There were however ice-creams 😋
Hope you enjoyed a little flavour of our happy meet up.
Find us both on TBCH Sarah Weaver Maker at Godrevy Textiles. Louise Hancox – Textile Artist