Forthcoming Shows

I will be exhibiting and teaching at the following shows

30 April – 12 June 2016 Press & Release – Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book

An exhibition of boundary-breaking bookworks within a stunning, specially designed space. The exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. Details at

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Preview: Friday 29 April, 6 – 8 pmPress & Release

My work will be in the SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION

‘Stories About Stories’

Artists from locally-based groups Fabula, Sussex Book Art Collective and Phoenix Brighton present new work that embodies the rich and diverse world of the artist’s book and the associated fields of illustration, narrative and animation.

Exhibitors include: Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ruby Hermon, Dagmara Rudkin, Mags Swift, Somin Ahn , Pip Carter, Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ottilie Hainsworth, Ruby Hermon, Jay Eunji Lee, Louise Mabbs, Vanessa Marr, Katherine Perret, Warren Pleece, Dagmara Rudkin, Emmi Smid, Mags Swift, Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevliln, Russell Webb, Louise Wishhart and Jo Wonder

11- 14 August 2016 – Festival Of Quilts – NEC, Birmingham 

  • Demonstration stall – in teachers area between the two halls
    • Kits & Instructions
    • Cards and other images
    • Display of current work and kit related items
  • Teaching 4 classes
    • Fri 12th – Quick & Easy – 13.00 -14.00 Fabric Origami – Pinwheels from Triangles
      A new development from Louise’s lacy square based folded fabric Pinwheel and Windmill units this was originally from her book The Quilter’s Guide To Twists & Tucks (UK)/Origami Quilts in USA) (2006 OP). Come and see what happens when you start with a triangle instead. Starting with a semi sewn unit, we will make at least one type of unit up plus discuss several other ways of folding triangular pinwheels and how to join them into interesting structures. A particularly interesting effect happens when you use striped fabrics The kit will include instructions & enough fabric pieces to make 3 units approximately 4” diameter around a ‘hole’, making a piece of varied size depending on the layout and particular fold
    • Sat 13th – Academy Twilight – 17.00- 20.00 Not Trapped: Trapped Celtic Knots
    • We will take a Celtic Knot design and trap it between two different layers of transparent material, then use decorative stitches to hold it in place. A modern take on Shadow Quilting. My photo image is based on the Lindisfarne Gospel’s St Matthew’s knot The kit priced £5, to be collected on the day by the tutor, includes Knot designs, instructions and pre-bonded fabric, (enough for a 25cm finished sample) plus lots of ideas for other developments. Suitable for any level. You will be using Janome sewing machines. To see more of Louise’s work visit:
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 11.45-12.45 When Fibonacci Meets Vasarely
    • What happens when the Fibonacci Sequence proportions meet Vasarely like ‘bulge’ grids? Well beautiful distorted optical effects for a start, which you can work into later with free machine embroidery or use as a sample to plan a larger quilt The kit will include prebonded fabrics plus grids and instructions for you to play with later on.
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 15.30 – 16.30 Fabric Origami: Windmills from Triangles
    • As Pinwheel class but making Windmill shapes instead

10 – 12 November 2016 – West Country Quilt Show – UWE (University of The West of England) Bristol

  • Artist gallery
  • Classes twice a day subjects to be confirmed

What I teach and where

I am a textile artist based in Hove, East Sussex.

I teach patchwork, quilting, embroidery, origami and other paper/fibre techniques

My own work is very eclectic in style an influence , you can read more about it on my blog (will link asap)

I am currently teaching at PACA – Portslade Academy at Foredown Tower on Tuesday mornings. I hope to resume my home classes when my new house’s studio is functional and will expand this page when I’m able to offer specialist classes again

About Louise Mabbs’s work

I am a textile artist based in Brighton & Hove. I grew up in Derbyshire, studied textile design in Winchester and returned to Wirksworth where I had a home studio & then a shop ”A Primary Presence” (where you might have come across me under my maiden name Louise Briggs). After marrying Alex we trained in Manchester and worked in London, Hove & Portslade and shortly in Brighton

I specialize in modern quilt related art, but this includes all sorts of fibres – thread, materials, paper plastic and anything else scrounged, bought from charity & specialist shops or salvaged as part of an avid recycling in the old fashioned sense of reusing (or the awful upstart sounding trendy word ‘upcycling’, – though I suppose it does distinguish it from used materials just being sent to rag recycling). I have been practising this all my life, brought up with a ‘waste not – want not’ mother who hoarded textile treasures in our spare room (my old bedroom before a house extension), so I started sewing when I was very young and made my first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt between 8 & 13 years old

I trained in Constructed Textiles – weaving and knitting at Winchester School of Art, but discovered quilts partway through, so combined these skills. I’ve since taught myself lots of other crafts and learned origami with the British Origami Society, and more recently, mosaic

My work is eclectic though I work a lot with mathematical ideas – & geometrical shapes and optical illusions, trying to make maths fun and accessible to women & children put off it’s traditional form at school

I also do organic free-machine embroidery developed after doing a City & Guilds course at East Berkshire College, Windsor. Nature – flowers, animals and the sea feature highly

I tend to work with strong colours often drawing on a mathematical colouring system I have been working on for almost 30 years, but have done commissions and exhibition work in other styles and palettes

The Influence of Travel I do a lot of work with ethnic fabrics and ideas. Trips to Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and European countries plus exhibitions closer home have been big influences. These days I try to avoid flying for environmental reasons, so have to research ideas through the internet, books and museums more. We are incredibly privileged to live in such a technologically accessible world

My first book “The Quilter’s Guide To Twists and Tucks” UK (terrible title) or “Origami Quilts” (USA) on fabric origami and folding ideas was published in 2006 but has been out of print/unavailable since 2009 despite pleas to republish a paperback British edition

I am currently working on several other book ideas but they are likely to be self-published

I’m also finishing off lots of class sample based quilts, two church banner projects, several mathematical design projects and planning lots more!