Lisa first explored her love for fabrics and textiles during high school where her unique and original creations made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins led to her to be invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”, the prestigious annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of final year exams in Visual Arts in NSW.
A long and varied career in the creative industries followed. This has seen Lisa gather expertise as a textile artist, florist, food stylist, and visual merchandiser, culminating in her own upmarket florist and homewares store, she ran in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for many years.
These experiences, combined with her long-standing passions for vintage fabrics, and embroidery made Forage a natural evolution. Here Lisa gets to follow and share her twin passions of discovering and collecting reclaimed fabrics and embellishments, and creating intricate layered textile artworks.
Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable.
This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness.