I’m sure you all are familiar with Lisa Jordan’s work, even if you might not recognize her name. She is the creative force behind lil fish studios (blog) and you’ve probably at least seen her flickr photos featured many times on this blog in my flickr inspiration posts, if you aren’t familiar with her work.
Today, I am featuring Lisa and her work for this week’s edition of the Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx. Try not to drool over your keyboard looking at the pics of her work!
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I’m Lisa Jordan and I live under the poplar and pine in rural Minnesota. I’m enthralled with wood and wool, and the combination of the two and I’m rarely far from my band saw or felting needles.
How did you get your start and what made you decided to take the plunge to sell your work?
I’ve always been creative. Have done a number of odd jobs along the way–sign painter, muralist, frame-builder–and had done a craft show or two, but when my husband introduced me to Etsy in 2006 I started to think more seriously about selling my work. I’m still evaluating how and why I sell and its effect on my creativity, but I feel like I’m really finding my voice lately and feeling lucky that people are responding favorably to it.
What inspires you?
Nature inspires me. The odd lumpy bits of moss, the colors of mushrooms, the texture of bark and leaves and stone. I can’t get enough of the tiny often overlooked details in nature.
What is your creative process like?
I’m a doer. I have a sketchbook, but I rarely use it. Instead I sit down with a vague idea in my head and let the materials and process influence the final result.
Share some indie/handmade/crafty shops you are crushing on.
I’m utterly in love with MisterFinch’s moths and soft sculpture, I think fogandswell’s work brilliantly captures her surroundings, and I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t *need* another birdfeeder from JoePapendick (but I really really *want* one).
What’s the best about what you do? The worst?
I love that I’m working with materials that are natural. I love that I can find a downed branch in the woods, haul it home, and discover a star hidden in the grain. Natural materials just feel good. The worst? I go through a lot of band-aids.
What are some other types of crafty stuff to you like to do?
I love to cook, and lay belly down on the forest floor and take photos of mushrooms, and I’ve recently started re-fashioning some of my own clothing. Considering I’m not much of a machine-sewist, that has been a fun challenge.
What’s new or in works?
I’ve always been interested in the idea of carrying nature with you, and recently translated this into wearable vases. I’ve also continued to explore the combination of wood and wool, trying to capture those tiny mossy worlds I find so fascinating.