Louise M Halsey

Louise M Halsey

Central Region
Ozark, Arkansas
501-650-5090 479-292-1319
[email protected]

As the daughter of two visual artists in Charleston, South Carolina, my upbringing was in the arts. I studied painting as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College and earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2007. I am a member of the American Tapestry Alliance, Friends of Contemporary Craft, the Arkansas Arts Center and Tapestry Weavers South. My husband, Stephen Driver, a ceramic artist, and I have studios at our hand-built house in Johnson County AR. We also have a salesroom, Little Mulberry Gallery, open on weekends.


My goal is to share my expertise in weaving with students using a simple frame loom. While teaching the basics, I emphasize the nature of working with one's hands and the joy of making a personal statement with fibers. My lessons include an understanding of design, exposure to textiles from ancient cultures and the nature of learning a skill like weaving. As I teach I share applicable vocabulary, a variety of the techniques and some knowledge of different kinds of fibers. If I am teaching tapestry then working with color, texture and shape become part of the experience as the piece progresses. Over the course of the residency decision-making, imaginative options and attentiveness to one's technique are folded into the daily experience. Residencies succeed when the experience is viewed as a collaborative experience based upon the creativity and openness of all of those involved. Linking my teaching to current classroom subjects is a challenge that I like. I am also available to conduct workshops for teachers.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All ages
Geographic Availability: Little Rock or Northwest Arkansas
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: I will bring what is needed for the residency. Lodging accommodations during the residency.