Lissa-Jane de Sailles

 

Lissa is an Australian fiber artist residing on the South Coast of New South Wales where she teaches and exhibits her work regularly.

My inspiration comes from the patterns and repetitive cycles of the natural world. Initially trained as a dancer, the rhythmic movements required in basketry construction allow me to approach my art practice intuitively and effortlessly as an embodied practice. Traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing and crochet learned at an early age also inform my work. Harvesting, processing and using natural materials attune me to ancient practices where respect for natural resources challenge me to tread lightly and constantly evaluate my role in a modern consumerist society.

Most recently I have created a body of work using recycled electrical and telecommunication cables. This work explores the dark matters of our constant need for new technologies while discarding the obsolescent to landfill. Finding beauty and usefulness in discarded materials has been challenging and rewarding. I never know where the work is going to take me and that is the exciting part of the journey.

More about Lissa at Beyond Basketry