Lisa Stubbs – Artist Blog
We are very excited to introduce you to Lisa Stubbs, one of the artists who will be showcasing their work at featured@ fair trader for the next few months.
Why did you become an artist?
When asked this question I always want to say something windswept and interesting like, "Oh, you can trace my family tree right back to the great painter George Stubbs, so it must be in the genes you know!" But the simple truth of it is I love drawing, I always have done. I struggled as a child academically, but the art class made sense to me. I was at my best in that class and the time flew by. Art gave me permission to play and get lost in my imagination, a wonderful outlet to express myself and I loved it! So it was a natural path for me to take to become an artist.
What mediums do you work with?
I like experimenting with traditional materials, oil-based pencils, ink, paper cutting and various printing methods, especially screen printing and stencil monoprinting. Working with a variety of disciplines keeps my work fresh and the organic process of creative self-development results in my best work coming from play and the 'happy accidents'.
Why does living in this area inspire your artwork?
The Holme Valley landscape is stunning, and living here for 21 years has inspired many of my prints. Not only for the breathtaking views but for the everyday and the normal. Things such as buttercups growing by the pavement, feeding the birds, the seasonal changes in the trees, the chimney pots and rooftops. It's the little observations in the everyday that truly inspire my work and the "I'm so lucky" money-can't-buy moments. These pockets of time and feelings of being connected to family, friends and nature are what I want to celebrate with my art, and living in Holmfirth has helped fuel this.
Why have you chosen to exhibit at Fair Trader?
I love the ethos behind Fair Trader, shopping local, supporting small businesses and independent makers, these values are important for our communities more than ever now. It's these ethics that make me feel really proud to be a part of this exhibition, and alongside very talented female makers, all championed by Fair Trader.
Lisa Stubbs, November 2021
You can see a selection of Lisa's work in the top room at Fair Trader over November and December.