Vintage Photo Project: Leisa Rich

Vintage Photo Project: Leisa Rich

Leisa Rich Fabric

Repeat-pattern fabric created by Leisa Rich

Fiber artist Leisa Rich made several pieces for the Vintage Photo Project. Rich is the lead art educator for the GASP art program at the Galloway School in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been featured in Mastering the Art of Embroidery, The Best of America Sculpture, Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, and other publications. Her work is also in several public and private permanent collections.

And, if you haven't seen the Why I Make story she recently shared with us, be sure to give it a read.

Here's what she had to say about her work:

What do you make?
I am a fiber artist working with mixed media in 2D, sculptural, and installation format. I use free motion stitching, a technique using a sewing machine to draw and create texture, most often.

Why did you want to participate in the Vintage Photo Project?
I love a challenge; being creatively put on the spot keeps me on my artistic toes!

How did you use your vintage photos?
The photos I received were quite humorous to me. I chose to incorporate them in pieces to wear. I transferred the images onto canvas cloth that can be run through a home printer. For the necklace, I constructed stuffed poufs on strands of leather and played up their geometric shapes. The purse's focal point is a compilation of images I collaged, transferred in the same manner as the necklace, hand-painted, free-motion embroidered, and sewed into a nifty bag. I also turned a ceramic pot and sculpture upside down onto the heads of two women from the '70s, who I assume were attending an opening reception, giving them nonsensical hats and creating a conversation between them. I played with the image in Photoshop to create a Warhol-inspired repeat pattern intended for fabric, and I did several other fun interpretations.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere, but especially in nature, everyday life, and from a burning desire to immerse myself in a happy, bright, fantasy world devoid of strife, war, and human foibles.

What is your favorite/most read art, craft, or design book?
Art to Wear by Julie Schafler Dale

The Vintage Photo Project is a participatory challenge in which duplicate copies of vintage photos from the American Craft Council Library's archives have been transformed and re-imagined in myriad ways. View more Vintage Photo Projects.