Welcome to Chai Monster Productions, the website for Linocut & Woodcut Artist, Louise Midgley. All designs are hand carved and hand printed by myself.
I completed my Textiles degree in 1992 at the West Surrey College of Art & Design (WSCAD), Farnham, as it was then known. Whilst other students on my course favoured the immediacy and reliability of screen-printing and chemical dyes, I specialised in Lino printing & resist dying, using natural dyes such as indigo. I was drawn to the slower, more considered and occasionally repetitive process, resulting in a less predictable yet more “Arts & Crafts” effect. My career thus started as a freelance Textile Designer, most notably selling to fashion retailer ‘Principles’.
After my degree I travelled around India by way of postgraduate research into the differing textiles of Indian States. India had a lasting impact on me, not least for the way they continue to value traditional crafts. It was here that my name, Chai Monster was born – but that story is too long for this page!
Since then, I have brought up three beautiful boys and worked in a number of roles within charity and volunteering. It’s only since 2015 that I have rediscovered my passion for linocut, except these days I print on paper rather than fabric. Having starved my creative soul for so many years, it is only now that I realise what a detrimental effect it had had on my mental wellbeing. Having reignited my passion, I have become obsessed and can never find enough time to carve all the designs I have floating in my head!
I hope you enjoy my website. If you would like to follow my journey with more immediacy then please ‘follow’ me on Instagram @chai_monster_productions and 'like' me on Facebook @ChaiMonsterProductions. You can also find me on Pinterest.
Do contact me for any commission requests, or if you'd like me to run one of my workshops in the comfort of your home or workplace. They make a fabulous alternative to work Christmas parties, hen nights or team building days!