Weaving materials, cultures, textures and ideas is a frequent theme in your work. What draws you to this technique?
Materiality is a huge part of my art practice, particularly for woven objects. For me, using natural materials brings me closer to Country. The woven objects I create are contemporary yet steeped in story. I love how this medium enables me to express this part of my life. Countless times I’ve finished a piece and wondered how I created it. It’s hard to explain, really. But I often feel I’m being guided in the creation. There’s a story there that needs to be released.
“The woven objects I create are contemporary yet steeped in story – I love how this medium enables me to express this part of my life."
Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
When I think back to what I first created as a child, it always involved paper. Paper will always be my first love, and I’ve gravitated back to it over the years. Whether it’s print-based works (etching, screen printing, monoprints, digital, photography) or drawing, for me, paper is a place to escape into a world of my own creation. For the last year, I’ve totally focused on experimental printmaking techniques. Having said that, I’m always weaving something too!
Melbourne Design Fair (16–20 March) is the brainchild of the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation. Craft Victoria will be presenting Lisa's newest work at the fair this year. Visitors can also explore some of her work at Craft gallery in Watson Place, Narrm. Entry is free.
Find Lisa on Instagram @lisa.waup.
This interview first appeared in our autumn 2022 Melbourne and Victoria Official Guide.