Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Realism in Fiber

     I love Lisa's work. I fell in love with the spirt of her Scythian Sprite sculpture some years ago. They were the first people to ride horses. 

These young female warriers were so fierce that the Romans thought they were demons.
Her work seems so real it's hard to believe it's fabric. I hope you enjoy it too.
     Lisa Lichtenfels studied traditional oil painting at an early age, attended the Governor’s School while a teenager and continued her education at the Philadelphia College of Art. There she met Judy Jampell, who was becoming well known for her three dimensional soft-sculpted facades. Inspired, Lisa was going to be an illustrator until the prospect of independent animation and filmmaking fascinated her. Graduating with majors in Illustration and Film, she was immediately hired by the Disney Studios as an apprentice animator.
     While working at Disney she developed three-dimensional figurines with posable skeletons for stop-motion animation. Like Judy Jampell’s constructions, they had nylon stocking skins. Lisa left Disney to explore the potential of these techniques, expecting to return to animation in a year or so;  but it has now been over twenty-five years, and she is still working in nylon and feels she has only barely begun to realize what is possible in the medium.
Lisa and Phoebe
Lisa works in her studio of her Victorian home in Springfield, Massachusetts. There she creates startlingly realistic sculptures with a wide variety of subject matter, including fantasy, myth, humor, and  portraiture. The individual figures range from less than 5 inches to life-sized figures of over 5 feet tall. She also does large environmental installations with many characters. In this she is helped by her husband, the poet Jeremy Ward Wilson, who does her carpentry. 
Website- here 


Kit Lang said...


Dee J. said...

I 've been an admirer of Lisa lichtenfes for quite sometime, but i' d never heard of Judy jampell. Thanks for sharing this.

Love you work too.

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