Lisa Earley has a career history that includes fashion and textile design, education and curating. Since completing an MA in Textiles at Winchester School of Art in 2011, she has concentrated on making pieces for exhibition; working with stiff, delicate fabrics that are stitched, punched, etched and bonded with paper or metals to subvert the surface. Often, largely figurative work has explored the use of freehand machine embroidery to mimic the marks made in her drawings, a process which is at the heart of her practice.
Vulnerability has been a rich seam of inspiration for Lisa, using this starting point she has made work in response to archival material that investigates isolation, exile or fate. Text, either as a motif or a literary starting point, is a recurring element to these pieces and ignited her interest in making artist books. Her latest work is made in response to the Bankes family (of Kingston Lacy) archive held at the Dorset History Centre.
Lisa combines her practice with teaching Fashion and Foundation students at Southampton Solent University.