Sunday, 11 September 2016

September 11th

A day to be marked and remembered by many different people and for many different reasons. It is also the day that my Mum was cremated three years ago. The following words, I found tucked away while packing my boy's room. Although scribbled onto a piece of toilet paper, the words carry a message to live by.

By Edwin

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Cabinet of Curiosities

The Laboratory Arts Collective invited me to be the guest curator for their Cabinet of Curiosities. Although the post is only available, I believe, to their 'divine subscribers,' I will reveal the following sub-headings.


And one element from the post:


"Lipstick Belt." This piece is a durational piece in a way as it began around 15 years ago. I wear the same lipstick all the time and have done so since I discovered the colour when I was 20. I use on average 2 lipsticks per year and remove every last drop of the pigment with a brush. Apart, from losing the occasional lipstick, each empty 'cartridge' is now housed within the belt. It began I believe, around 2002 and now in 2016, is finally complete.

Lipstick Belt by Lisa Z. Morgan 2002-2016

A film by The Lavender Hinge (in 2012 Lipstick Belt was incomplete)

Thursday, 4 August 2016

RISD Museum's Lavender Aquisition

"Eleven (Buttoned Painting)" and "Pants (Labour of Love)" were created during my time with The Lavender Hinge. Both were recently acquired by the RISD Museum and now reside happily within the permanent collection. For a multitude of reasons, these two pieces are amongst my personal favorites.
"Eleven (Buttoned Painting) by The Lavender Hinge, 2012.
Linen, linen covered buttons, cotton lining. 36 x 42 ins

"Pants (Labour of Love)" by The Lavender Hinge, 2012. 
Acrylic and scarlet work on linen over wood supports, 62 x 30 ins

Friday, 1 July 2016

Interview for The Native Society

I was recently interviewed for The Native Society.  The easiest question to answer was:

What makes you the best?
A mélange of sensibilities and emotions in varying and shifting proportions; enthusiasm, passion, commitment, idealism, curiosity, integrity, desire, insecurity, non-conformity, belief, stubborn-ness, irreverence, humor.
The full interview can be read here.

The Sowing of Lavender on a Boundary, 2012

Monday, 6 June 2016

Dangerous Minds in Rome

A glimpse into the glorious weekend at La Posta Vecchia. Exquisitely planned and arranged by The Laboratory Arts Collective and Marie-Louise Sciothe concept of Desire was explored and embodied over two and a half days and nights.  I had the pleasure of being part of the desirable unfolding. 

"Desire - La Posta Vecchia" by The Laboratory Arts Collective 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Body Adornment: Provoking Desire

From July 11 through to July 22nd 2016, I will be teaching a Design Intensive at RISD. The course emerges where concept, adornment, ornamentation, product and narrative meet. We consider the desire impulse and how almost everything that we are drawn to, whether on a purely functional or aesthetic level, is driven by desire. How do we bring focus to the body and what motivates pleasure? How might this be generated through adornment, restriction, ornamentation, concealment or distortion? Students in this course analyze and explore how to promote or provoke expression through the physical relationship between the body and "wearable" objects. Students focus on an aspect of the body, which becomes the foundation of their research from both a conceptual and sensorial perspective. Students then begin to identify a potential audience for their concepts and prototypes. They will be encouraged to explore how they might create narratives for particular objects and question how the aspect of "storytelling" can enhance the desire associated with a specific item/object/concept. Can an object that is imbued with a story transcend the initial functionality and purpose? Students answer this and other design inquiries with their final projects. 

Further information can be found here. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

The Weekend of Dangerous Minds 15th - 17th April 2016

The Weekend of Dangerous Minds was a sublime experience and I had the great pleasure to work with The (Remarkable) Laboratory Arts Collective and the gracious Marie-Louise Sciò.

On the evening of 15th after a beautiful meal was served on a table carved from one huge piece of pink marble and having sipped on a Desire Cocktail mixed to the perfect pink of The Laboratory's magazine DESIRE, pantone 905c, I told a story about the story that I was to read; In the Garden of Earthly Delights by Dr Jane Wildgoose. I also read a little from Design Behind Desire and spoke about how we 'might' consider desire. 

There was so very much more and it is depicted and described most fulsomely here.........

About Me

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.