October 21, 2021
The Andy Warhol Museum - PittsburghWhen 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.
May 21, 2021
My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim JeansAs 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.
January 07, 2021
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.
December 08, 2020
I love the "hands on" etching process that I use to create these beautiful Holiday Ornaments.
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.
Next, I prepare the etching solution using kosher salt.
Then, I hook up the converter that will generate low voltage current.
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.
To learn more about the process click on Salt Water Etching.
July 25, 2019
One of my favorite things is working and creating in my studio, but its a very rare summertime activity for me. I am usually enjoying time with may family because soon enough, everyone will be back in school. I have been working on a new jewelry collection, combining many mediums like leather, copper, gemstones, pearls and sterling silver. I just love all the textures, colors and different levels of shine.
I have recently started taking notes on the process writing down directions, sizes of components and even the paint colors I use on my leather.
The iridescent green fresh water pearls are just gorgeous and will compliment my copper and hand painted leather pieces.
The finished product is our Leather and Copper Trumpet Vine Motif Earrings with Iridescent Green Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Silver Beads.
Explore the LPDstudios Leather and Metal Jewelry Collection.