Lisa Ashton – Explorations & Transformations: Voices in My Head
A mixed-materials exhibit of the art of Lisa Ashton from over 30 years, including costumes, concept quilts, and innovative beadwork art.
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Washington Street Artists Co-op 108 N George St, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
Date & Time : Saturday, Oct 6th 5 pm-8 pm
Lisa Ashton´s work with texture, beading, restoration, and creative expression has grown over the years. In her elementary years, she learned the skills of hand sewing, using the sewing machine, and bead weaving using the rudimentary supplies and beads available at the time. Throughout high school and college she fused these skills as she began embroidering the denim of her jackets and skirts. Her talent and creativity were developed in the formulation her own designs with out the help of kits or patterns.
Later in life she began to delve deeper into works with textiles though quilting and costuming. After her first child she began quilting, which later evolved into creating science fiction, fantasy, and later historical costumes. She greatly enjoys being able to switch as well as combine different media, such as quilting and beading together in her costuming.
Although she has worked with many early periods from 12th century (King Henry VIII) to early 16th century Regency (Jane Austen–around the 1810’s) she found a home in the wide span of the Victorian Era (1837 to about 1901). Within this span, she especially likes the “constructed” aspect of the 1860’s Civil War era with its corsets and profiles and accessories.
In addition to currently showing some of her work in the Washington Street Artist’s Co-Op she goes to fantasy conventions several times a year where she often teaches and has performed at a Haunt in October. She has taught workshops and classes for many years, primarily in beading techniques, but has also done extended classes on a wide variety of techniques that stem from her experience in textiles and costuming.**
She also likes creating miniature objects and restoring objects of the Victorian like antique parasols where the canopy has eroded, and books where the binding is gone.