Written by Abby Dix-Mason Leeds Inspired 16/03/2016
"My practice is heavily illustration based combining a number of different techniques including: Hand drawn illustrations, collage, digital printing, hand embellishments and embroidery. I love colour, surrealism, and typography these all play a large role in my work which is inspired by a mash up of 60’s graphics, pop art, punk, kitsch and feminism. This eclectic mix leads me to some strange places but definitely reflect my playful sense of humour. I like to make work that catches peoples eye and makes them laugh, i believe life is too short to be serious and beige and my work is a visual way of saying this, rather than being polite and asking to be seen it screams in your face ‘HELLO I HAVE ARRIVED’
It seems that the more my practice develops the larger the scale of it becomes, I began my first year at university working in tiny sketch books and soon realised I had bigger plans. I now prefer to work on large scale projects like murals, I can no longer imagine limiting myself to small pages, the bigger the better! Since graduating I have been working on a number of commissions including wall murals and live drawing for ‘Throw up’, The Brunswick, Revolution and Fred Aldous as well as exhibitions at The Gallery Munro House and Sunny Bank Mills."
Louisa is one of four artists working with Leeds Inspired and Leeds International Film Festival to produce posters for LIFF's 30th anniversary this year.
All images © Louisa Foley