Just in time for Mother’s Day we have a very special collaboration coming your way. When two creative and passionate female artists meet, something special happens.
We’re so excited to introduce you to our limited-edition collaboration with Lisa Hu, local designer, ceramicist and illustrator. Lisa and Stone Studio Founder, Jennifer Redmond have collaborated on the design and creation of an exclusively designed Mug, just in time for Mother’s Day. Thrown by our leading lady herself, featuring an original design, hand painted by Lisa, these Mother’s Day Mugs are sure to secure your spot in Mum’s good books this Mother’s Day.
You’re probably all very familiar with Jen’s creative journey, so in honour of this special collaboration, we sat down with Lisa to discuss her creative process, preferred mediums and the inspiration behind it all.
Q: Have you always been creative? Been involved in art in some way?
A: I think I’ve always been creative, I’ve been painting since I was little and haven’t really stopped! I also travelled quite a lot as a kid, and saw a lot of art, which really opened me up to that world. I started taking it more seriously around high school, and chose to study graphic design in university. I’ve been working in graphic design for a while now, which is a nice balance to the fine art side.
Q: How did that progress to where you are now, working as a mixed medium artist, designer & illustrator?
A: Painting is definitely something I always return to, but over time I’ve experimented with so many other creative practices like ceramics and textiles. Variety is really the spice of life, and sometimes the only thing that can push me out of a creative block is to change the medium, or try something I’ve never done before.
I recently taught myself to embroider, which is a totally new art form for me. It’s great because I’m such a newbie, there’s no pressure to produce anything good, which is what you need sometimes. And to step out of your comfort zone often is important, you know you’re growing when you’re frustrated. It’s a constant challenge and push to be better, which anyone who has tried a pottery wheel will understand!
Q: What does your creative process look like? Do the designs just come to you or is there a specific routine you need to get into?
A: I think a routine would definitely help, but my process is very spontaneous. Unless I’m designing for a specific project or collaboration, I find inspiration from so many different things and go from there. My personal work is often drawn from things I’ve read or seen, or things happening in my life at the time. I can often see a clear vision of what I want an artwork to look like, though that vision always evolves as I am painting it.
Q: What are you most excited for with this collaboration with Jennifer at Stone Studio?
A: I’m so excited to bring out our collaborative cups, and see what people think of them! Jen is so technically skilled in pottery, so it’s exciting to see our skills come together like this. I love the idea that the cups have come from Jen’s hands to mine, and then to someone else’s to treasure forever!
Q: What was the inspiration for this collection?
A: Like most of my work, the vibes are very peaceful, nature-inspired, and organic. I’ve really been enjoying painting pansies, so they’ve become something of a recurring theme. And there’s nothing better to preserve the feeling of summer than some seashells. Although you’ll still probably catch me at the beach hunting for seashells in winter!
Only available for purchase in studio, come and visit us to snap up one (or two) of these handmade, limited edition pieces. Keep an eye out on our Instagram account @stonestudioandco for a look behind the scenes of this incredible collaboration with Lisa Hu.