Lou Baker is an artist based in Bristol, UK. She has been a maker for as long as she can remember. She designed and made her own idiosyncratic garments and soft furnishings using knitting and stitch until she discovered that the skills she’d taken for granted for so many years transferred wonderfully to making soft sculpture. She was liberated! She now uses traditional knitting and garment-making skills to explore her dark side.... and to provoke a response.
I knit therefore I am, 2012, hand knitted monofilament, performance still
As a late developer, she graduated with First class honours in Drawing and Applied Arts at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol in 2015. In her final year she was awarded The Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship for 2015-16.
She’s one of the organisers and part of Synecdoche, a Bristol-based community of artists who meet regularly to support one another and to plan exhibitions. She’s an exhibition addict and is always looking for exciting exhibition opportunities. She has exhibited in London, Bristol and elsewhere, with Synecdoche and also with other groups. Have a look at her CV and exhibitions pages.
Plastic surgery, wearing the unwearable, 2012, plastic shopping bags, stitch.
Performance still in Cabot Circus shopping centre, Bristol.
Photo by Jonny Baker
She is interested in art as therapy, for herself but also for others. She’s volunteered for a couple of years at Southmead hospital with Fresh Arts, facilitating Make your mark art sessions for elderly patients with dementia. She’s been involved with some research into Arts on Referral, delivering sessions for other patient groups for wellbeing. She has also helped to organise a series of exhibitions with Synecdoche in the main hospital atrium.
Lou inside Safety net, her interactive installation
at Refuge: in search of safety
part of Fringe Arts Bath, June 2017
Increasingly, some of her work has a socially engaged element to it. This is an exciting departure for her and she’s looking forward to seeing where it might take her.