Today I want to introduce you to Lisa Jordan – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss January: www.lilfishstudios.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I remember hammering wood chunks together in my dad’s garage and sewing with my mother at a young age. As a kid I always had a pad of paper and a pencil and would be doodling away. When I got a little older I began trying other mediums out; painting, candle-making, leather-tanning, you name it. I think being able to experiment at a young age made me confident that I could at least try (successfully or not) any new craft that I wanted.
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I don’t know if there was a lightbulb moment really. I guess I was identified as the “creative one” in my circle of acquaintances in my early 20s and was paid to be a t-shirt designer, a charicature artist, a sign painter, a muralist…if there was a creative need I filled it. There was a gradual shift where I went from being a pair of hired hands to creating more for my own creative needs. I’m still working on that separation and I feel more “serious” about my craft now than ever.
3. Name three of your favourite artist/maker/designers who have influences your artistic direction or your craft practice?
I’m going to be biased here. There are so many people who inspire me, but the three I’ve chosen are not only talented artists, but people whom I consider friends. Margie Oomen – Her work is full of character, true to her style, and relevent without bowing to fad. I don’t get the impression that she’s creating for anyone other than herself and the joy of crafting her vision, her work resonates with so many people. She reminds me to follow my own path. Sonia Cantie – Her stitch work is so precise and beautifully placed. She reminds me that technical execution is an art in itself. Her experiments with natural dye color are a celebration in themselves, both beautiful and kind to the earth. It inspires me to work harder at incorporating natural dyes into my own work. Nanou from les fabulations de Nanou – Nanou has an amazing gift of whimsy. She sees personality in lumps of wood and works carefully too create not only a form for them, but a history as well. When I find myself getting a little too literal with my work or feeling stale, a quick visit to Nanou’s flickr stream reminds me to see the fantastical around me.
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
Hmmm…wool or wood, wool or wood… I’ll say my favorite material would have to be wool for its versatility, tactile quality, and sustainability. In my craft room I could not live without my sewing bag, my dremel tool, and my door. (I have 4 grabby-handed kids).
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