Lisa Hunt on Sharing Beauty, and History, in Collage

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is a visual artist Lisa Hunt.

Lisa Hunt does extremely dramatic works on paper – a product of her spectacular use of 24 karat gold leaf and its ultra-dynamic patterns and shapes. While her screen printing work has long been inspired by the textile world, last year she channeled a new and specific source: the famous quilts of the Gee’s Bend community in rural Alabama. This development came at a time when Hunt was keen to work outside of screen printing, which requires a time-consuming and precise process. “I’ve mostly worked with screen printing as a medium – working on paper, canvas, ink, and gold leaf – but last fall I really felt like I wanted to be able to somehow be able to work faster with my hands,” says Hunt . “I wanted to be able to create something without having to go through the entire screen printing process.”

Step inside the Gee’s Bend Quilts, which Hunt describes as “the most amazing and beautiful textile artworks I have ever seen”. “I just started doing a little research on the process and history of the African American quilt, the history of the enslaved Africans, and the culture they brought with them from the different countries they came from in West Africa,” Hunt says. Crucial to this artistic process was the cutting of strips of fabric and sewing them together to create larger works. “I decided to use existing works as material,” says Hunt. Check out the video to see the results – including one of her earliest pieces in the style that features strips of her play “Love & Arrows” mounted on a wooden board. “It’s one of the first pieces I started playing with collages and I just fell in love with the process,” she says. Tune in to see the fruits of this beautiful development.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.

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