Women Who Create / Louise Wargnier
This fortnight we welcome Louise Wargnier aka Tatie Lou, shibori home ware and accessorise creator extraordinaire! After studying Louise travelled the world gaining inspiration for her work along the way. She returned to London and started her accessories label which sold worldwide!
Tell us a little about your background...
I studied Printed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. After studying I travelled the world for two years gaining inspiration for my work along the way. When I returned to London, I started an accessories label which sold worldwide for a few years... then it was time to settle down and have babies.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
I love having incense burning whilst I am working this helps me focus and my music is also vital for my mood depending on what I have to work on. My studio is a very calming place too... although it needs a big tidy up at the moment.
What two things can't you live without?
My family...my kids Woody, Aggie and my husband, Charly. Oh and a vat of indigo ;)
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Oo that’s a hard one as I find I get inspiration from a lot of things. My travels to India are a great source of inspiration to me. My children too... every day they inspire me creatively and on a personal level.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
To be able to express yourself through your chosen medium. To be able to create and get excited by it.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
I would love to collaborate with Justina Blakeney (Jungalow Style) or Emily Katz (Modern Macrame) These two women are so inspirational. I would love to create an interior project with either of these two talented ladies.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
Has to be my indigo vat and fresh air for oxidising.
What is the best thing about running your business?
Being your own boss and having the freedom is very liberating.
What is the hardest thing?
Trying to keep motivated when things are slow. Certain times of year can be hard and trying to keep creative and positive during these times can be tough.
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
Seeing my work in people’s homes or people wearing the products I have made them. I never tire of the excitement I feel when people say they love my work.
I also got married last year in India and I dyed all the fabrics for the ceremony...it was so wonderful seeing all my work in this amazing surrounding.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Try not to worry about what other people are doing around you. I should take that advice as well really. Have confidence in what you create.
Find your very own gorgeous hand dyed shibori piece over at Tatie Lou now!