Lisa Shepherd is a textile designer and visual artist currently using photographic cyanotypes to create delicate, joyful artwork.
Born in the historic city of Hereford in England, Lisa emigrated to Australia with her family in 2005. She now calls Sydney ‘home’ and it is here she has flourished as an artist and where she also started her business In Kognito Surface Design.
Lisa has a life long love of the arts and began her career after studying Interior & Three Dimensional Design in Wales. She went on to specialize in textile design and printing and her passion for fabrics and a keen eye for colour grew. She now uses her many years studying a variety of techniques to produce both home and lifestyle products. Lisa was the recipient of the Porter’s Paints Award of Excellence for her wallpaper design whilst studying at the International School of Colour and Design.
She has always had a strong connection with nature and draws her inspiration from Australian flora, both native and unassuming plants often passed by; her latest collection is a celebration of the humble weed.
Her creative process involves foraging for plant material, pressing and preserving and then using these dried flowers to produce a photographic image. A photogram is made without a camera by placing objects on to the surface of a light sensitive material and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow image in a beautiful blue tone. The prints are then further embellished with embroidery, metallic leaf or simply watercolour paint.
‘Creating delicate representations of Australian flora’.