16. Lisa Farmer
This plate celebrates the state in which opposing forces harmonise; the absolute beauty of being in or coming into equilibrium.
American-born artist / designer Lisa Farmer produces unique leather objects that play with ironic forms and designs. Her labour intensive design pieces are both sculpture and product. Utilising premium vegetable tanned leather and immense craftsmanship, she combines traditional leather-working skills with contemporary technologies, producing avant-garde works distinguished by their originality and timelessness. A graduate from East Carolina University (USA) with a Bachelor Fine Arts in Visual Communication, Lisa now has her own studio practice in Milan where she designs and meticulously crafts contemporary art objects. Her works are produced upon commission and sold to private clients and a small selection of stores worldwide. Pieces from Lisa Farmer have been exhibited in prestigious galleries such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Bilston Craft Gallery in West Midlands, and at the Saatchi Gallery during COLLECT, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. Her work has received recognition and been featured in numerous Italian and International magazines and online publications. Lisa’s work investigates such issues as the value of design in craft, the relationship between user and product and the significance of objects as cultural vessels through which to provoke reflection. She identifies her role as a catalyst between craft and design, object and user and seeks to stimulate a more conceptual dialogue through her experimental approach. “Hold fast that which is good”, her most recent body of work, is inspired by Japanese “irezumi” (a form of tattooing) and the grace and beauty of animal archetypes found in mythology and folklore. By cultivating a sense of belonging between object and user, this collection supersedes mere function to become a bearer of a higher cultural message. Modern artifacts, primitive yet contemporary. Vessels born from a heritage of wisdom and knowledge, time honored craft that aspires to become a storyteller of human nature.