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Meet the Maker - Louise from Cocolulu

We'd love to introduce you to Louise from CocoluIu. We've been working with Louise for about 4 years now on a range of handpainted products for So Souk including our beautiful candles and bud vases and we've recently added some wonderful carafes too. Watch this space for some gorgeous handpainted candle lampshades coming soon too!

Here we asked Louise a bit about her journey with Cocolulu.

​Where are you from?

I was born and raised - by a Chinese mother and English father - in Hong Kong where I lived for over 18 years. Growing up I was always fascinated by the blend of cultures, and the vibrant colours and designs they inspire. I was never seen without a sketch book and colouring pencils wherever I went, always drawing anything that caught my eye. 

You came to the UK to to embroider?

I knew art and design was always going to be a big part of my life, so I decided to study it further at university. I moved to the UK to do a degree in embroidery at The Manchester School of Art (and no, it’s not just needle and thread!). My degree really opened my eyes to different mediums, materials, fabric, stitch and colours which I loved experimenting with. It allowed me to realise the possibilities of creating beautiful things with less conventional materials. Being creative isn’t just coloured pencils and paint after all!

So, why did you start Cocolulu?

After working for a several years in the production department of three international British Fashion brands, I knew it was time to take the leap when all I could think about at work was my next craft project, or the to-do list for an event I was planning for my friend. I know how incredible it feels when every little detail of a product or event comes together, and how much happiness it can bring. I want to help create that - something to remember and be cherished for years to come.

How would your friends describe you?

“Miss Organised”, a bit of a perfectionist, and easily excitable!

If you want to see more of Louise's work - which also includes some beautiful embroidered pieces alongside her handpainted candles and ceramics do checkout her website here.

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