Louisa Archer

2000 QEST Scholar - Hemp Weaving

Louisa studied Woven Textile Design at Winchester School of Art (1992) and the Royal College of Art (1994), she worked as a fabric designer in London, New York, Italy and Hong Kong. Her QEST Scholarship took her to Yunnan Province in China to study the hemp hand-weaving industry, including natural indigo dyeing techniques; she used the knowledge gained there to design and develop a collection of handwoven hemp accessories.

Although not hand-weaving herself at the current time, Louisa continues the studies she carried out for her MA thesis at the Royal College of Art entitled ‘Memento Mori: the Use of Textiles in Death Ritual’ exploring the ways fabrics were used in ancient burials and how they are being re-developed for modern eco-funerals. This research compliments and deepens her current vocation as an End-of-Life Doula.