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Playing with Paper | An Interview with Lisa Lloyd

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Fascinated by the tactile quality of paper and the vibrant colours and textures, Lisa Lloyd finds her craft very simple. “You just need a scalpel and some glue, some imagination… and a lot of patience!” With some struggles and hard work, Lisa is able to kick out her mental blocks and get the best feelings from her art.

Let us explore your world with you, when did it all start?

I’ve had quite an exciting career over the last 18 years, I’ve worked as an animator, directed music videos and I’ve also owned and was the creative director of an animation company in London. All these things were a great life experience and I learnt a lot about myself. One of the main things I realised, was I that I missed creating work of my own. I wanted to slow down, get off the computer and feel a bit freer.

How did you choose to express yourself through three dimensional paper sculptures?

I started to create designs out of paper about 6 years ago. I started to make things in my spare time while I worked on graphic design and animation projects. I first made a 2D paper hummingbird. I loved working with the paper and found the whole experience really relaxing, like meditating almost. As time went on I started to experiment with 3 dimensional models, I started to challenge myself and soon I started to get asked to make all kinds of things for commercial projects.

What do you want to represent with your artworks?

I want to capture energy and positivism – I think the world is an inspiring place. I think it’s important to focus on the beauty in the detail and stop to look at the world around us – especially nature. I find the greatest inspiration for my work comes from nature.

"I love the patterns, symmetry, color, geometry and texture. I love the detail. I then want to try and give it a modern twist, taking inspiration from the design world- such as fashion, interiors and graphic design." 

My hope is to create an exciting fusion of the two- to try and create something new and fresh.

What’s the piece that represent you the most?

I think the blue tit for Waitrose Magazine was one of my most fulfilling jobs as it was my first big commission and it was a real challenge, so it was an important project for me. I hadn’t made anything like it before, so it was a real learning curve – working out how to construct the wing and how to make it feel like it was in flight. I had to study lots of photographs of blue tits in flight to see the angles and so on.

How do you think that visual art inspires the retail industry?

I think we are all influenced by everything we see. It takes a while to trickle out to the high street, but I remember seeing cacti, pineapples, flamingo and kitsch objects really featuring in graphic design and illustration projects about 5 years ago and now they’re everywhere – in soft furnishings, clothes and fabric prints; even wallpaper. In between commissions I’m working on a series of paper insects inspired by fashion designers. I recently completed a bumble bee inspired by Mary Katantzou, there’s a stag beetle in the pipeline!

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It’s taken a while for me to feel successful, but my biggest advice is just to keep going. Keep creating and keep putting it out there. It can take some time but if you persevere I think it can happen.

By: Martina Ronchetti