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Location:
Lafayette
Medium:
Mixed-Media Jewelry
Availability:
Artists' Own, Lafayette; Indiana State Museum Gift Shop, Indianapolis; B3 Gallery, Nashville; Athens Arts Gallery, Crawfordsville; Morning Glory Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass, Dallas, TX; Craft Co No. 6, Rochester, NY
FEATURED WORK
Lisa Walsh

Lisa’s pieces are designed to reflect the inner beauty of the wearer, as well as to communicate the connection between her, as the maker, and the person who chooses to wear her jewelry.

So many artists are black and white when it comes to their work, and Lisa Walsh is no different, saying right up front, “I always have loved jewelry.”

Lisa began what has become a lifelong creative journey by designing with purchased beads as a teenager. Later, she took a class on making flameworked glass beads at the Lafayette Museum of Art, and then she began designing her jewelry around her own flameworked glass beads. Lisa then expanded her metalworking skills that have become the core of the multi-media jewelry work she has pursued for 17 years. Her most recent designs are a blend of her own flameworked glass and fabricated mixed metals, including fine and sterling silver, copper and brass.

“My jewelry is a visible extension of the many facets of my personality — colorful, bold, and fun at times, and soft and feminine at others,” she said. “Some of my newest pieces are earthy and muted, reflecting an introspective side of me. Everything is created by my hands from ideas and designs in my heart and soul.”

Lisa’s father, a photographer, heavily influenced her view of the world. “I am rare¬ly with him when he doesn’t have a cam¬era in his hand,” she explains. “It was from him that I first learned about artistic principles like light and shadows, framing, perspective, negative space, and movement.”

Lisa’s pieces are designed to reflect the inner beauty of the wearer, as well as to communicate the connection between her, as the maker, and the person who chooses to wear her jewelry.

“Jewelry is a portable art form,” she said, “and I love that it is carried from place to place and finds audience with the wearer, as well as with others he or she is interacting with.”

After years of honing skill and technique, Lisa has appeared in many publications, including national magazines and books. She also is represented in galleries across the country and included in permanent collections. In addition, she is a founding member of Artists’ Own, a co-operative retail art gallery in downtown Lafayette.

About Indiana Artisan, she says “My work naturally reflects aesthetics of the Midwest, since I’ve been living here all my life. I wanted to be part of this group of artists, and it is an honor to have my work recognized as exceptional and to be included with so many other vastly talented Hoosiers.”

Lisa has been featured in countless solo, collaborative and juried shows from Connecticut to California and says one of her favorites occurred in 2013 when she was able to exhibit alongside her youngest daughter, Rachel, a talented artist in drawing and printmaking.

“It was a joy to share an exhibit with my daughter,” she said, “and I hope we have more opportunities in the future to do so. It really brings things full circle, after learning so much from my own father.”