Thursday, 19 October 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

7th - 9th September (while acknowledging 11th)

As part of a panel of three papers, I presented with Kate Irvin, Curator of Costume and Textiles, RISD Museum and Nakeia Medcalf, Graduate student in Architecture at Making and Unmaking the Environment: Design History Society Annual Conference 2017, Universityof Oslo.

The panel’s theme explored “Repair, Textiles, and Contemporary Design and initiated a deep investigation into the lessons that worldwide practices of mending offer designers today. The presentations reflected upon various objects and efforts that have brought the material act of mending to the forefront of creative dialogues along with exploring the conceptual and creative potential unleashed by the physical act of mending.

My paper was entitled Filling the Void and begins as follows:

When I was growing up, all the women in my house were using needles. I've always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair damage. It's a claim to forgiveness. It is never aggressive.
Louise Bourgeois

I was also brought up in an environment whereby women held this magic power of the needle. Their expertise was used to fashion and tailor beautiful garments and applied to make alterations and adjustments so that an item of clothing could fit the body more flatteringly or suitably depending upon the need.

And so it continued.......... 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Solar Eclipse/Marking 4 Years to the Day

The solar eclipse is felt across the whole of the US today. 21st August also marks the passing of my Mum, 4 years today. It feels to be rather auspicious as the feminine energy makes its presence known.

Mum's Front Porch July 2013

Friday, 28 July 2017

Attention Lab: The Order of The Third Bird

Delighted to be heading to Mildred's Lane to participate in Attention Lab: The Order of The Third Bird. "The Attention Lab is part guerilla seminar and part meditative and kinetic practicum. A discipline of the senses is pursued."

Thursday, 6 July 2017

RISD Apparel

Looking forward to teaching in the Apparel department at RISD in the fall. I'll be working with the seniors on the concept development of their collections.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

"Be The Pink Panther....." - feature

"Be The Pink Panther and Your Loves will be like The Wasp and The Orchid, The Cat and The Baboon" is to be featured in a book which, takes a global survey of artists working with text, words and physical books in a wide variety of media. 
Further information will be revealed in the not too distant future.

"Be The Pink Panther and Your Loves will be like The Wasp and The Orchid, The Cat and The Baboon" (detail) by Lisa Z. Morgan 2016. Embroidered text, linen. 36ins x 96ins

Photography by Matthew Clowney.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Filling The Void

The image provides a taste of the subject I will be exploring in the paper 'Filling The Void,' which will be presented at the Design History Society's Annual Conference in Oslo. The paper is one of three that will be looking at the subject of Repair from different perspectives.
More will be revealed as the conference approaches.......

Pair of stockings; silk and cotton from the RISD Museum Costume and Textiles Collection

About Me

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.