Louise Hibbert

Posted on Sep 30, 2007

When I first saw this image on the cover of an Australian craft magazine, it stopped me in my tracks.  I had no idea what I was looking at, but I knew that it was right up my alley.  It’s Louise Hibbert’sRadiolarian Vessel III” (1998), made from English sycamore, acrylic ink, polyester resin and acrylic texture paste.  It reminded me instantly of the drawings of Ernst Haeckel, and is another excellent example of human craft inspired by the truly fascinating world of plankton.


Here is another picture from the same issue.  Hibbert’s non-traditional combination of materials is perfect for these other worldly specimens.  Looking at a picture, it us unclear what you are looking at, how large it is, or what it was made of.  It looks entirely natural, yet totally unfamiliar, a combination that I seek to replicate in my own work.


  1. I saw these pieces too and immediately cut them out and stuck them above my desk – I dont normally put picci’s of other artists work above my desk unless it is unbelievably inspiring. Most of my pix are of industrial or biological things that give me lots of ideas. But these were really cool weren’t they?
    I want to get some of that latex stuff to make those soft spiny looking sections. been meaning to for a while but this galvanised me. You know those neo punky lighters and t shirts etc. thats what first made me want to use the same latex type material to achieve those lovely spiney looking forms but in organic/bio colours and on silver and polymer and other such stuff! It looks as if its done by placing a blob down and then as you pull away it trails leaving a tapered spike – but I BET its not that simple!! lol. (oo, this is fun going through your findings!)

  2. Hi there – I just found you through a google search, checking to see if my etsy shop would come up on google – weird!! Thank you so much for your comments!!
    I make first turn the pieces out of sycamore and then carve, airbrush and blob with resin. The spines are hard polyester resin.
    I have a website http://www.louiseandsarah.com and two etsy shops ‘lokimonkey’ and ‘LouiseHibbert’ but it’s taking me a while to put on more of my one-off pieces – never was so good at the marketing side of things, particularly as my computer is really slow!
    I love Ernst Haeckel, in fact I’m a book junky when it comes to anything weird and wonderful in the natural world. My new favourite is ‘Seeds – time capsules of life’ by rob kesseler and wolfgang stuppy. Realy fabulous images.