Louise Bell is an illustrator, writer and researcher based in Falmouth.

My research and practice is focused on how repair is an authorial act. Influenced by the writings W.G. Sebald, I work as a curator-creator, generating archives of image and text in response to broken artefacts.

My current practice is centred on a lost photo album from the 1920s.

“…stray black and white images, which come out of long forgotten boxes, often have a secret appeal and demand that one addresses the lost lives centred in them…” W.G. Sebald

  • A forgotten photograph is a fragment which has been torn from its original context.
  • An archive is a montage of fragments.
  • To repair a fragment requires the construction of a new context.
  • The repair radiates from the fragment with story sewing the seams.
  • An archive waits to be activated by the reader.
  • The reading of an archive is an act of repair.
  • An act of repair is an act of authorship.

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice – Falmouth University 2015/16 (Distinction).

BA (Hons) Fine Art – Leeds Metropolitan University 2011.

Louise is one half of the children’s storybook app company Robin & his Birds.

Email me here.

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