Lissa de Sailles

“Joy is a well-made object, equalled only by the joy of making it” – Bill Reid, 1988

“I constantly strive to improve my work through thoughtful and regular practice.

My inspiration comes from patterns, repetition and the cycles of the natural world. As I am firstly and foremostly a dancer, the rhythmic movements required in basketry construction allow me to approach my art practice intuitively and effortlessly as an embodied practice. Traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing and crochet learned at an early age also inform my work. Harvesting, processing and using natural materials attune me to ancient practices where respect for natural resources challenge me to tread lightly and to constantly re-evaluate my role in a modern consumer society. 

Most recently, I have created a body of work using recycled electrical and telecommunications cables. This work explores the dark matters of our constant need for new technologies while discarding the obsolescent to landfill. Finding beauty and usefulness in discarded objects has been challenging and rewarding. I never know where the work is going to take me and that is the exciting part of the journey.” Lissa de Sailles

Lissa was recently awarded the 2019 Veolia Mulwaree Trust Creative Arts Scholarship and used it to attend the National Basketry Organisation’s 10th biennial conference at Western Kentucky University in July to further develop her artistic practice.