Lewis was born at
Ospringe, Near Faversham, Kent, on 25th October 1929. He trained part-time
at Birmingham Art School while teaching at Harborne Collegiate School,
Birmingham from 1948 to 1950.
The greater part
of his working life was spent as the Art Master at Ashfold School, near
Aylesbury (1950 - 1972). Here he taught weaving, tufted rug-making, pottery,
glass engraving and many other crafts, as well as painting and drawing.
After their marriage, Lewis and Louisa worked for seven years for the
Downs and Weald Society in Sussex, then Cornwall, before moving to York
where they have lived since 1979 and where Lewis held the post of Warden
of St. Sampson's Centre until his retirement in 1991.
watched Louisa hooking rag rugs for twelve years, Lewis suddenly took
it into his head to have a go. He has now completed an ARK of 51 rag rugs,
which he makes mainly while watching TV in the evenings. He has exhibited
his work in a variety of venues, and helped Louisa with her workshops.
He works quickly, neatly and with a great deal of enthusiasm and humour.
Read a profile of Lewis
Cockerel on a Dung
Hill rag rug
Work in progress at a Rag Rug Exhibition and workshop at Ryedale Folk
Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, England.