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    Lisa Engelhardt, OrchisMorio

    Lisa Engelhardt
    www.orchismorio.net / orchismorio.blogspot.com

    What is your professional or training background?
    I originally studied a BA in Cultural Studies. It was an academic course, which gave a great critical insight into creative pursuits and contemporary culture. From this I fell in love with the visual world -especially art and cinema - and felt I wanted to be a creator myself.

    I went on to do Fine Arts at Monash and learnt about drawing and digital design. I finished the final year on exchange at the Glasgow School of Art, where they taught us the traditional craft of silk-screening. After that I started printing my drawings and designs.

    I have always been obsessively drawn to abstract ideas and to me surface print design is a great example of abstract expression.

    What do you make, create or do?
    Since 2007 I have been screen-printing pattern designs onto fabrics under the name OrchisMorio. Originally OrchisMorio was an experimental project that printed hand drawings onto material bases. After a few successful open studio evenings I was motivated to continue the project as a fabric print label.

    To date, all the print designs have evolved from botanical studies in some way shape or form – either drawing, digital or photograph based. My interest is in the subtle dialogue between surface design, fabric and print.

    The first series of prints I created were bold geometric designs made from a silkscreen / hemp canvas. Since I have produced a series of digital chiffon prints, which are more elaborate in aesthetic.All the prints are yardage repeats and sold as retail or wholesale fabrics by the metre.

    What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
    Projects where I can involve prints in a collaborative capacity – especially with fashion and interior makers.

    What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?

    List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
    Print wise in Australia, I love: Romance was Born, Alpha 60 and Cloth… and blogs I always return to would have to be: iso50 – the blog of Scott Hansen, Pedestrian TV and Motionographer.

    Contact lisa via lisa/at/orchismorio.net

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