I first worked with the British textile designer Lisa Spencer as an independent art licensing agent and have followed her prolific work ever since. Lisa is an experienced textile designer for the fashion and surface pattern industries. More recently, I have followed the birth of both her two children and indeed, her latest new baby Indigowares.
The work that Lisa creates through this new endeavour has an instrinsic beauty of both process and design. Unique hand-made items are created through a labour of love, drawing on Japanese Shibori techniques. The results are fresh, positive, hand-made artworks which tie in with one of THE biggest trends of recent years, and indeed currently; INDIGO.
Indigowares is beautifully presented on Lisa's Instagram account and it goes to show that consistent visual promotion does indeed go a long way to building positive association with a brand. I cannot see Indigo objects without thinking of Lisa's work!
Self-motivated, individual endeavours such as Lisa's are the back-bone to the creative industries and it's so important to recognise and applaud the dedication and efforts which it takes to create individual, unique, quality artworks such as these.
On that note, I am sharing Lisa's story behind her endeavour, expressed in her own words...
"As a stay-at-home Mum bringing up two young children, I had been a textile designer previously but had put it aside to wrangle my kids. One day I realised that everything was so mass-produced that in short there was hardly anything unique made in a traditional way with a contempory edge. I was concerned that customers wouldn’t understand the process involved in getting to these beautiful textiles....But I realised if I drew on my knowledge and experience as a printed textile designer then I could create a product that came from the old Japanese techniques of Shibori, giving the textiles rich elegance and then adding a clean geometric twist that would look fresh and modern in todays world. I wanted my designs to give you an overwhelming desire to touch and wear them. It turned out, the road was more difficult than I imagined. I found it really hard to get my chemistry right with the indigo vat, it has taken me a while to master the dye pot and understand the whole process of working with a natural dye like Indigo. But I have cracked it! And fallen in love with the process and the ever surprising and exciting results.
It will always be a constant balancing act as a mother to be able to give my children what they need day to day at the same time as trying to build and run a business and be elbow deep in indigo dye a lot of the time!
I would like to have the best of both worlds because ultimately I am doing it to be able to see my children grow up first hand.
Through it all, I released the first products and the response has been absolutely amazing. The pure love from everyone who sees the unique one of a kind textile designs makes me feel insanely proud of how far I have come.
I think ultimately we’d all like to shop in a place that speaks to our hearts and desires.
I AM THRILLED THAT EVERYONE WHO USES MY INDIGOWARES KNOWS THAT THEY ARE GETTING THE MOST SUMPTUOUSLY HAND DYED ONE OF A KIND PIECE IMAGINABLE"