14 April 2015


i've publicized this other places, but in case you didn't know.... in the spirit of craftcation, the publisher of my monograph is offering 25% off my monograph... just use the code CRAFTCATION2015... for a limited time only [and for only my book]


textileartist.org has featured me a couple of times [including a 2 part interview]

they have just released a new e-book all about 3D textile artists. i am one of 50 artists featured. there are some really really interesting artists. i'm honored to be a part of this publication. you can order your digital copy here

07 April 2015


this was my first craftcation. i had heard great things, but you never know right? well let me tell you - it really was a perfect experience. hotel on the beach? hundreds of craft/art minded people? classes and panels galore?  what is NOT to like?

the ventura pier

the life towers are stunning. 

on the way down i listened to johnny cash - this line from the man comes around stuck in my head. when i arrived and was given some gold washi tape in my welcome kit, i made a little sketch. 

the first class i taught was color theory. i was a little nervous to condense what can easily be a 15 week course into 3 hours. but somehow we made it work ! 

i think part of it was the amazing enthusiasm of the students. they are gung ho and ready to go. 

here's a post from kimberly ;) the student who wins the prize for the most organized color chart ever. and i got to meet ashley in that class too [and a whole host of other great students whose info i didn't manage to gather properly] with whom i later had a wonderful conversation. 

part of what was so amazing was meeting people face to face... some i've known for years... some i had just met... some i'd secretly kind of stalked... some i missed because they moved away - like meighan - just our talks alone would have made the trip worth is. 

i got to take an indigo dye class with karri meng from french general which was SO much fun. 


this is what i made ! [such dark indigo. and now i know more tricks !]  cathy was her assistant and she was SO much fun to chat with. and she lives in summerland - minutes away from santa barbara where i went to high school. i also got to meet karri's sister molly meng who shares a studio with another friend robert mahar [who couldn't make it - waaah].

i also took cathy callahan's  ombre dye class. her techniques are really going to help me with a studio project i have in mind. in that class i got to know shaerie who runs sew-la better - i've taught classes there, but we never really HUNG out. and it was pure joy. we bonded over small children and surviving the first couple of years of motherhood. also met and laughed with rosalie [with whom i share many a mutual friend]

i roomed with courtney ! and pup charlie [drawn below] ! and i finally finally finally got to meet blair face to face. this was a huge thrill ! it's been like 10 years in the making. 

i got to see abby for second...

my good friend nichole drove up from LA for the night and gifted me robert kaufman kona bundles that i covet and will treat like sculptures. 

i taught a block printing class to an overcrowded class, but no one seemed to mind. that summed up everything about this conference. it felt so generous, so open, so genuine. nicole and delilah said that this year they didn't want a keynote speaker because we were all each other's keynote... and that rung really true. 

from this class i got to know emma [who works for fiskars!], christine from chocolate and steel [her prints are above], my instagram friend parabolic muse, and jennifer crowe who makes jewelry.

i also made it to superbuzzy. dangerous dangerous store !

and i laughed. so many good friends. many close friends from here and near that i don't actually get to see very often. we laughed. we ate. we drove to ojai and had ice cream. we swapped stories. and we laughed some more. 

so thank you elizabeth and christina for hosting the creative live breakfast that got so many of us together one morning [and for hanging out]

to jen - who so aptly said we have to go to so cal to hang out? yes we do, but it was so worth it. when else can we get mati, tiffany, diana, alexi, christine and the afore mentioned shaerie, megan, meihgan, and courtney in the same room [or bright red bathroom in mexican restaurant as the case may be]. 

thank you craftcation. i really really had a good time. you've made a magical conference and i'm so glad i was invited to participate. 

see all the photos from everyone tagged #craftcation15 on instagram for more insight into the weekend. i have a sinking feeling i've forgotten to mention someone or link to them. i apologize for this. it was SUCH a full weekend i feel like i can't remember it all.... xo

19 March 2015

trames - a show in france

several months ago lydia rump [a talented artist in her own right] invited me to make a piece for an exhibition at galerie look & listen in st. chamas, france. truth be told she invited me to come too. and gosh i wish i could. france is on my must visit list. but alas, it is not yet my time. 

the thing i love about making work for a single group show is that it allows for a bit of freedom. a chance to pursue a singular idea that maybe doesn't fit into all the other work you are doing.

i decided i wanted to paint watercolor squares. little ones. that matched some amazing wool merino yarn that i bought when ruth singer [yet another great artist] was in town and we did an east bay textile shop tour. 

the squares and gradation of color reminded me of joseph albers [maybe more of his wife anni actually]... and cross stitch. so i decided to add the thread colors to match. each color shift [there were 4] had one more row of squares. i thought i'd leave the top row clear of stitching and stitch each row beneath. slow going that stitching. 

but totally worth it in the end. 

the space between.
in Trames
opens march 21 [hi spring equinox]

i can't imagine anyone that reads this might go, but... if you do... say hello to my piece.

12 March 2015

looking at art

i cajole my students to look at art. every week - i tell them go look at art over your weekend. what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right? 

i went to see nicole phugrasamee fein's show at hosfelt gallery. she and i were a year apart in grad school. she is the closest living artist i can think of to agnes martin. her watercolors are subtle and amazing. so perfectly imperfect. [but mostly perfect]. 

the highlight of the visit was definitely surabhi saraf's video FOLD

a striking tribute to unacknowledged work [this was skillfully put by my friend kelly inouye -i think you might even hear her say it in the clip below]. this is one of the most stunning and beautiful video pieces i've ever seen. i want it. and for me to say that about video ? hell might be freezing over. 


jay kelly

i really wanted to go to the opening for my friends jay kelly and marc d'estout at jack fischer gallery, but i couldn't make it. so i stopped in today instead. 

jay kelly
what a smart pairing. i've known jay for a long time now. when i worked at graystone gallery we showed his work. i loved it then, and i love it now. he recently started making these incredibly quirky sculptures. they are part DIY minimalist, part sci-fi, part oddity... but really engaging.

jay kelly

marc d'estout
marc's work is slicker. more refined, and in some ways edgier... but has a similar quirk to it. such appealing shapes - a great mix of aesthetic proportions and surface tension/design.

the conversation between marc and jay's works was really great. you should see the show if you are local.
marc d'estout

you should also go see single ladies at rare device by my pal courtney cerruti

over and out on the art report...

03 March 2015

what i'm working on

my classes [oh so much grading]

a new class that i'll be teaching in a few weeks called visual literacy.

the workshops for craftcation

a piece that is off to france [this is the backside]

organizing and shipping off the 1000 doilies to their new PERMANENT HOME [do a dance here] at the Ulrich Museum of Art. they decided that the 2 - 1000 doily pieces needed to live together and after a long approval process they were acquired !

a revamp of my website website [finally]

and other things for the chroma show [have you seen all the stuff we are getting? SO EXCITING. we still need more - so keep sending stuff in!]

i had originally intended to do the 1000 doily piece again, but... yeah. now that won't work. so i'm doing a smaller doily installation. most of the images here have to do with it. i'll reveal more shortly.

20 February 2015

a new plea for help

calling all internets. calling all you people who have things lying around your house that are bright and colorful and filling up junk drawers, getting piled by your kids, sitting in dust under the sofa....

christine buckton tillman  and i are having a show [this show has been years in the making. we've known each other online forever and have always talked about doing a show together] in baltimore. at gallery CA. in july. 

and it's called chroma. 
and we need STUFF.
your stuff.  

things are starting to come it [it's like christmas], but we need more. 
there'a blog where you can see what people are sending.

if you think you know what you want to send - then just go ahead mail it to me [please! just know you won't get it back. and it should fit in an envelope. read the post above for all the deets]

lisa solomon
po box 99534
emeryville, ca 94662

the more we get the cooler [and harder, but in a good way] this will be. so please. send us stuff and get your friends to send stuff. 

[did i mention i love how the internet does this? i do. so much. the power of the ask and the way you all respond to these asks is indeed an amazing thing to be a part of].

10 February 2015

There will be teaching + workshops + conferences !!

hello hello. do you know about craftcation? it's a craft vacation conference - chock full of classes, panels, events and all around crafty makey things to do. 

i'm going to be a presenter this year - teaching two courses - color theory for artists/designers and block stamp carving/printing. you can find out more about them on this page. i was kind of excited that they didn't want me to do an embroidery class. i love those, but it will be fun to do something a bit different. 

can i just tell you that i'm so excited [and honored] to be a part of the presenters? i'm going to get to meet some online friends face to face for the first time ! and i can't wait. 

there are a few more days left for early bird sign up. you can buy tickets HERE [through eventbrite]

also coming up is my artist packet class. i'm teaching it at Kala again. it's a two night jam packed quick overview of everything you need to put into your artist packet - including the dreaded artist statement. this is a great class if you are recently graduated and feel like you don't have your packet together, or if you are trying to pull everything together to apply to grad school/a residency or grant.... OR if you have been making and working for awhile and you feel like your packet is rusty and needs an update/overhaul. 

i really love teaching this class - it's one component of the professional practice class that i teach and i always feel like it's the kind of nuts and bolts info that can really help someone get on the right track. 

i'll be doing another embroidery class there too - in may. so mark your calendars if that's something that interests you. 

01 February 2015


i've been drawing fairly frequently in my sketchbook. 
if you look through my YEARS of sketchbooks you will notice a pattern. foliage + pets. pets + foliage. 

there's something about plants -

i just like attempting to simplify a curve of a leaf or a petal in a singular contour line. 
gets me every time.
simple pleasures. 

the magnolias are blooming already. beautiful. i guess they aren't that early this year, but it's been like summer round these parts the last couple of days. i feel bad for all my mid west and east coast friends buried under mounds of snow... 

i can't believe next week is the 2nd week of school. last week was the first. every semester i forget HOW TIRED i am after the first week. all the adrenaline. all the talking.

i have the i am mean and tough speech sprinkled w/ a tad of eccentric art professor down. [i think]. every semester i get a bit more curmudgeonly. every semester i try to really exemplify the fact that i am NO NONSENSE. because really - who wants to waste their time. this time i actually read john cages/sister corita kent's 10 rules out loud. each semester i make my case even shorter. you give what you get. i take this whole art business super serious [but of course i'm more than willing to make fun of it too]. i will give to you with the same intensity you give to me. if you 1/2 ass it, so will i. in a way each of my students gets an individual and incredibly personal experience. so let's do this, right? each year they look younger. each year i feel older. and so on and so on. 

in my professional practice course they have to give short presentations on themselves/their work starting day 2. this freaks them out. but in a very good way. each semester i get giddy with their potential. it is wide open. it/they/we can go in any direction. it's all possible. and it's never the same. just like making work. even if you think you are repeating a process/technique it's actually never quite exactly the same. i think that's the big hook. 

anyway. i'm not the only one drawing round these parts. 

i happen to really love her interpretation of sponge bob. especially how she figured out how to make patrick have a pointy head. it's so direct. and squidward's tiki house is pretty darn great. 

we also collaborated. i started with this mum [yes i know foliage]

and then she went NUTS. 

OH. i was interviewed for this lovely website - she/folk. it's a woman centric space that focuses on dialogue and education. there's a lot there to peruse. 

ok. next post will be a request... [again. some of you already know about this if you follow me on instagram, but... i want to post it here too]. soon...