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Hello there!

You may know me as Lateral thinker on DA and FA

I graduated from Coventry University in 2012 with a degree in product design, specializing in Toy Design.

Since 2006 I have been creating bespoke soft toys; this began as an exercise for me; designing and working out patterns, and creating and experimenting with different fabrics such as fleece and corduroy. Due to the positive feedback and requests I had received thanks to my online portfolio, in 2007 I began taking commissions to recreate the characters of clients as soft toys. As well as forming my own aesthetic, I greatly enjoy working with the styles of others and I am also very adept at illustrating to get an understanding and feel for characters, working closely with the customer to bring their ideas to life.

Since 2009 I have been working to make this into a registered business and sell my work via an online store. I have ambitions to tour appropriate fares and conventions to distribute my products, building my customer base and look into collaborating with other bespoke freelancers.

As well as many years of online commission experience making soft toys, since graduating I have had professional experience as a freelance plush pattern designer.

My creative process involves a lot of brainstorming and preliminary sketching while in regular contact with the client, developing digital and traditional model sheets and creating prototypes up until the products completion. Working with a company called Dempsey Designs Ltd, designing soft toys as craft kit patterns to be added to a line called 'Mini Craft Kits' http://www.dempseydesigns.com/Minicraft.htm

My Interests lie in Natural History (fictional, factual and legend), The Art of character design and story telling, as well as the eternal path to Self improvement. I collect reference books and get giddy over new stationary and craft tools. I have always enjoyed giving form to ideas, and broadening my horizons.

Latest Journal

Open For Commissions!

on 17 September 2016 at 04:12:14 MDT

Just a little reminder ;) here's my price sheet

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1205194/art-dolls-price-ref-sheet-2016

Also, I have pieces for sale on my Etsy!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LouCathWil?section_id=19631391

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    I just discovered your work and wow, is it ever amazing! Time to start saving up some cash.

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      yaaay! glad you like what you see, and thank you for the watch!

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    Okay, I'm sure you hear this a lot, but your art is one of the coolest and most unique things I've ever seen. Holy crap do you have a talent nobody else has. I feel even more compelled to get rich now.

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      omg, thank you so much. That really does mean a lot. I get down sometimes, because I feel like I'm not as successful with my work as I'd like to be, but kind words like yours really help. thank you so much xx

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    I have you friended but I wasn't watching you??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEE.

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      It's cool, don't worry about it :) thanks for the watchback! :D

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    Dank for the favs! :V

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      Meant to say danka, kind :V I can't type today!