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Fiber Art


Lisa Nelson Raabe has been a textile artist for more than 30 years and is currently focusing on small finely detailed embroideries. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in 1988 and completed a Masters degree in Art Ed/Art Therapy at Illinois State University, in 1995. Lisa holds the credentials of registered art therapist, registered yoga teacher, and is a licensed clinical professional counselor who uses art and yoga with individuals and groups. In October 2005, she exhibited her embroidered textiles in the Contemporary Art Center’s Preston Jackson Gallery.


Current images are inspired by internal states of worship, awe and wonder -- the fantasy of  castles, solace of the sanctuary and inner workings of the flower. Using digitizing software and a variety of hand techniques, I machine/hand embroider on tulle, embellish with beads and use the Mola technique of cutting through layers. The scale of this work is quite small and intimate allowing the viewer to singularly investigate these intensely ornamented images.

Two of these pieces were included in the Handweaver's Guild of America traveling exhibition for 2009, Small Expressions. Inner Sanctum received the 2nd place Award!

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