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Windowsill Chats

Jul 13, 2022

Margo is joined by Lisa Solomon. A teacher by trade, it took Lisa years to call herself an artist first. As a half Japanese, half Jewish [Eastern European] Caucasian woman, hybridization is literally a part of her DNA and shows itself often in her practice. Lisa’s mixed media works revolve thematically around discovering her heritage, the notion of domesticity, craft, feminism, and the pursuit of art as science/research. She is frankly obsessed with color/color theory and is drawn to found objects, tending to alter them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She often fuses “wrong” things together – recontextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that inherently question and skirt the line between art and craft. Lisa received her BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in 1995 and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. Her work is shown internationally and is in numerous public and private collections.


Margo and Lisa discuss:

  • Her path and what she’s learned along the way
  • Finding comfort in consistency
  • Why grad school was pivotal for her career while simultaneously seeing the challenges brought on by going to University today and mitigating the pressures and costs
  • Why art is one of the last spaces you can really share anything and put it all on the table
  • Color Theory: Understanding colors, creating colors, and teaching color
  • Her color meditation deck: how and why she came up with it and the many ways it can be used
  • Her mixed media work and where she finds inspiration for it
  • Time management and figuring out a system that works for YOU
  • Reframing your schedule and allowing for flexibility
  • Making space for yourself and your creative practices 


Mentioned in this episode:

The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker

Lisa’s highly curated Amazon shop list


**Get 30% off The Color Meditation Deck and/or A Field Guide to Color by purchasing through and using code MARGO30 at checkout** (valid through 8/13/22)


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