Discover a little bit about Louise and her career path as a designer; and how it has shaped her business!
LOUISE'S JOURNEY AS A DESIGNER
Louise moved to Dundee from her hometown of Aberdeen in 2005 to study Interior and Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone.
She fell in love with Dundee and it's creative community, it's a brilliant city for a designer with a short attention span!
During her last two years at university she worked with her classmate and pal, Susan Younger and formed her first business, TWIG. Louise and Susan did a joint degree
show and produced a range of amusing anthropomorphic furniture, which they later took to London to show at 100% Design.
The pair also made the furniture and lighting for The Parlour Cafe in Dundee - Go check them out, the food is as yummy as the furniture!
After TWIG Louise worked as a carer for the elderly, a job she loved, but didn't have the stomach for. Then she worked as the manager at The Fabric Mill at Halley Stevensons
in Dundee, which taught her lots about running a business.
Louise Forbes Design was established in 2011 while she was working as a retail manager. She made a range of chopping boards, mirrors and some small scale furniture from
a friend's beautiful workshop in Angus.
In early 2013 Louise moved in to Blinshall Street Studios to join Islay Spalding and Adrian Murray.
In August 2013 Louise made her first ever spoon!
Louise works as an install technician for various places in Dundee including; DCA, Cooper Gallery, FifeX, Tea Green Events and Design Festival. Since 2013 she has been
involved in lots of super interesting exhibitons and shows, with 2019 being her best year yet - Louise was the lead tech for the Dundee Design Festival
and for Tea Green Events design market at the V&A.
In 2017 Louise ran a make a ring and spoon workshop with Sarah and Islay Spalding (both Jewellers) for a 30th birthday. It was great fun and prompted Louise to finally start thinking about running workshops.
A few months later the lovely folk at Guardswell Farm got in touch to see if she could run a spoon carving workshop there for the family... it was a hit, and now they do 3 or 4 workshops there a year. The workshops are one of Louise's favourite things to do and she is so pleased they continue to grow in popularity.
In 2018 Louise began to work one day a week as an Architecture Support Specialist at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Helping students in the wood workshop
turn their 2D sketches into 3D pieces.
and finally..... when she's not mucking about with wood, Louise loves chocolate, fine foods, music, dancing, hanging out with pals and beer!!
A BIT TOO WORDY?
'Designer, maker, teacher, wood worker, exhibition installer and co-owner of Tayberry Gallery in Perth, Louise has a lot going on and this episode is an amazing whirlwind of a journey.'
'Louise has a real drive and urge to share her knowledge and understanding with others.'
'This episode goes from the bizarre and wild to warm and comforting. If you do find yourself in Perth then drop in and rub your face on a spoon.'
- Podcast by Ryan McLeod
Tayberry Gallery is co-owned by Louise and her great friend Sarah Spalding. Pop into the gallery to find Louise or purchase her products. Tayberry is in Perth, Scotland and everything in the gallery is designed and made in Britain.
Head in for a browse and enjoy the diverse range of art and design that they stock. Tayberry show various ever-changing collections of British made art and design. Including jewellery, ceramics, wood, textiles, illustrations, paintings, prints, cards and more.
MAN PINS came to be when Louise started noticing how beautiful her spoon offcuts were and inspired by her workshop buddy, Islay Spaldings Kilt Pin designs she started making wooden pins of her own to sell in her gallery, Tayberry Gallery in Perth. These pins were designed to be worn as a lapel pin or kilt pin but men just weren't getting that they were designed for them, so a more obvious approach was decided and the name Man Pin was born.
For Islay, teaming up with Louise has inspired her to work more with wood and make a more affordable alternative to a silver Kilt Pin; a quirky product with a sense of humour and an opportunity to bring pins to a more diverse group of men.
Their aim is for more men to wear brooches! Follow their woody adventures across social media and their website.
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