Lisa

  • The Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh

    The Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh
    Andy Warhol
    When I am in Pittsburgh I love to visit the Andy Warhol Museum. Its an amazing space with so many familiar pieces of artwork and plenty of Warhol's personal belongings. When I walk through the exhibits, I am continually struck by how Warhol transitioned into a fine artist, by using only the techniques he learned as a commercial artist to create these beautiful pieces and redefine what art is.  
  • My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim Jeans

    My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim Jeans
    Wrangler Bluebell Jeans
    As I was folding my Mothers Wrangler Blue Jeans, I realized that these pair of jeans have been worn for over 65 years by three generations of women in my family.  I remember my mother wearing her "old" jeans during her home improvement projects.  I always loved the shape and color of these wranglers, from the stove pipe leg and side zip waist, to the unique wrangler patch on the back pocket.  My Mother told stories of how she wore them in high school, rolled up with penny loafers.  When I was finally big enough to wear these fabulous jeans, I stole them out of her closet and they became a staple in my wardrobe all through my high school years.  I never purged these denim jeans and carried them with me throughout my life, they kept me connected with my mother throughout my adult years.  When my daughters started high school, the tradition continued and they raided my closet, just as I did, and started wearing these unique Wrangler Blue Bell Jeans. But this time, not with penny loafers but with there own twist of footwear.  Everytime I see one of my daughters wearing these jeans, I snap a photo and send it to my Mother, to remind her of the unintended tradition she started 65 years ago. 
  • The Magic of Liver of Sulfur

    I just love using the chemical "liver of sulfur" to darken my metal. Every time I brush my metal with this chemical its like magic. If this process was done in a factory, the end result would be the same, because the conditions would be monitored for every piece i.e.: the temperature, the amount of water, even the measurement of the chemical. But I am a studio artist, so with every new piece of copper I brush will the liver of sulfur, I feel I am creating a small piece of art. Click on the photo and watch a video of Lisa change the bright color of copper to the beautiful colors of yellow and dark purple. 
    Liver of Sulfur
  • LPDStudios - What's New - Holiday Ornaments

     Holiday Ornaments

    I love the "hands on" etching process that I use to create these beautiful Holiday Ornaments. 

    metal shapes

    My friend Sephi, of ARTZOOO cuts out my Red Brass, Copper and Silver Nickel shapes.  After I clean and file, I begin by drawing my designs directly onto the metal with a paint pen. The ink from the pen prevents that area on the ornament from being etched.

     

    Ornaments

     Next, I prepare the etching solution using kosher salt.

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     Then, I hook up the converter that will generate low voltage current.

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     After plugging in the convertor, the salt water etching process begins. The electric current slowly erodes the copper from the metal, making the drawing take shape. 

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     After sanding, filing, and a bit more magic, my ornaments are complete.  They are ready for you to enjoy this holiday season.ornaments on tree

    To learn more about the process click on Salt Water Etching.

     

  • LPDstudios - Extra Endeavors - Giving Back - Waterford Craft School Fundraiser

    Waterford Craft School Virtual Workshop
    Waterford, Virginia
    LPDstudios is so honored to participate in this years Waterford Craft School Virtual Fundraiser.  As we all know Covid-19 has made us all have to think on our feet, this year the Waterford Craft School has decided to bring their workshops to you, virtually. This historical school helps to preserve traditional methods of craft through hands on instruction. This once a year fundraiser helps The Waterford School continue with their educational mission by providing artists the opportunities to teach their craft.  LPDstudios is not only offering their "Make Me Mine" Leather Clutch Class with the Waterford Craft School, but a "Zoom" question and answer session as well. Come out and support this wonderful school and all of their artisans. The Waterford Craft School is located in Waterford Virginia.  
    For more information about their online fundraiser please click here. 
    Or Call: 502-883-3018 - Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5p.m.

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