LOUISE  HEIGHES

 
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Profile

 

I studied Textile Design at Central Saint Martins and sold my final degree collection to Chanel in Paris.

 

I spent many years working within the fashion industry, designing textiles and new material concepts for luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Azzedine Alaia, Nike and Chanel. Examples of my work have been included in Azzedine Alaia's exhibitions in London and Paris.  It was here that I fell in love with working with leather. The way it can be cut, woven or folded into 3D shapes, while still remaining soft and tactile provides my imagination with endless opportunities and allows me to create wholly original pieces of leather art. 

 

Building on my fashion background, I am now using beautiful decorative techniques with luxury materials to produce unique art pieces for the interior design market.

 

I enjoy creating hand crafted, enduring pieces and my work is bespoke and is designed for a specific space or project.

 

No two pieces are the same.

 

Inspirations

 

I have always been inspired by the flow and movement which I see in the natural world. Be it a field of wild flowers or the blossom on a tree, I have always loved the way the shape of a single petal or flower can be repeated over again, creating myriad of ever changing new patterns. 

 

The importance of simplicity, craftsmanship and creating something by hand is key to what I do. 

 

I am interested in the way two surfaces can become one when intertwined, cut or woven together. 

 

The result often produces something entirely new that gives richness to a flat surface.

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Collection

 

Wisteria

 

The lovely change in scale that occurs in a Wisteria petal from its tip to base has inspired me to create this leather design.

The patterns within this delicate flower are enhanced by the light and shadow that are created by this leather technique.

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Chrysanthemum

 

The Chrysanthemum looks quite different from all other flowers. The big mass of repeating petals create a pom-pom appearance on a long stem.

 

I wanted to show the beauty of this flower and the compact nature of its petals. Created using the finest Italian leathers, the Chrysanthemum can be used as a single flower on a panel or repeated to fill up a whole wall.

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Fern

 

The way the tips of the fern curl and unfold has always been a thing of beauty to me. 

 

The leaves of the fern almost resemble a feather and make the plant look so light and delicate. I was interested in the way the leaves overlap each other and give volume to the design and I wanted to re-create this in leather.

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Blossom

 

One of the first signs of spring is the sudden appearance of an amazing mass of blossom. It always makes me feel happy. 

I wanted to re-create the feeling of this with a mass of simple shaped petals running across the leather. 

These petals can be grouped together with a leather branch to create a blossom tree or be scattered randomly across the design.

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Wild flower

 

The Black Medic is a striking yellow wild flower that flourishes in hedgerows throughout the summer.  I love the combination of its tight mass of petals in the flower heads with the scattered leaves in this design. 

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Dahlia

 

I have tried to capture the mass of small ringed petals that make up the head of the flower of the Dahlia. 

I like the way that this design looks almost like a texture of small confetti-like petals.

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Geometrics

 

I love the mathematics involved in creating a pattern and really enjoy beautiful geometric designs. 

Many of these designs share their imagery with my more organic designs but with the lay-out being more structured.

These designs have a beautiful rhythm of their own.

Plumage

 

Inspired by the short, tightly packed feather of a bird, I have given this design a geometric feel. The way the one, single curved element has been repeated give the pattern a beautiful rhythm.

This design looks great with two colours of leather.

It works well with inverted curves as the first design shown here and also with 3D protruding shapes that gives a more feather like feel, as in the second design. 

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Animal Skin

 

I love the way the patterns on an animal skin have a wonderful organic feel but at the same time they are repeated in a geometric way. This was my inspiration for this design.

 

Geometric fern 

 

I was inspired by the light beauty of the fern, but, liked the idea of working with a single shape repeating strictly along a line.

The resulting design has taken on its own identity and the shadow created adds a extra depth to its beauty. 

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Commissions

I appreciate the privilege of private commissions.

Accordingly, unless agreed, all private commissions are executed and archived in confidence. 

 

Kent Home

 

This work was commissioned by an eminent designer for her Kent home.

My blossom design was the starting point for this project.

It was inspired by the fruit trees that fill the family orchard and the delicate flowers that fall from them in early march.

This piece is made in a beautiful white calf leather for the couple's bedroom.

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London House

 

I was commissioned by a private client to create a sculpted floral piece of art for their home.

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Bespoke

 

I create luxury, hand-sculpted leather designs for interiors, furniture and installations.

My work is made to commission and is designed specifically for a space or brief and it is totally bespoke to my client’s project.

 

My work can be used for wall tiles, embellishing furniture or as stand alone pieces of art. I work with bespoke joiners to enable my designs to be used as decorations on doors, headboards or room screens. They can also be placed under glass and laid on top of a desk or bar creating a unique decorative piece.

Each design is crafted by hand using an intricate 3D process of cutting and almost weaving two pieces of leather together.

I start by sketching up some ideas and then I move onto cutting these in paper to get a feel of the design. I tweak my work constantly along the way and then I finally cut the work in leather, this is when the idea comes fully to life.  

 

I believe that owning something unique is wonderful.

 

I work with many different materials including genuine leather, various types of faux leather and different papers. Each material comes in a wide palette of colours and my leather is sourced from an environmentally sustainable tannery in Italy.

 

Please contact me at my studio for more information and details on how to place a commission.

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Contact

 

studio@louiseheighes.com

 

louiseheighes.com

 

@louise_heighes

+44 (0) 7588902856