Lisa came to San Miguel after teaching Spanish in Seattle for 35 years. During a week of special mini classes at one of the private schools where she taught, a close friend asked her to assist her with a beaded jewelry making class. During the class, Lisa learned a lot about about both modern and old stone and metal beads from Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and the Middle East from long time bead trader Sam Savar, and about the long rich history of beads dating back to the Indus Valley of India from local bead sage Nicolette Stessin.
The rose quartz piece she produced that week is still a favorite. Lisa went on to study many beading techniques, such as pearl knotting on silk and various wrapping and braiding techniques. The result is an eclectic style that combines many interesting materials and techniques. Lisa enjoys creating one of a kind pieces mixing many different kinds of beads: vintage glass, porcelain, cloisonné , semi precious stones, pearls, lamp worked glass, Swarovski crystals, African trade beads, and many different metals. Her most recent work features "kumihimo" a very versatile Japanese braiding technique once used to bind together the armor of Japanese Samurai warriors. In 2011, Lisa packed her jewelry supplies and drove to San Miguel where she now resides full time. In addition to producing and repairing beaded jewelry, Lisa teaches jewelry making to single moms who have their children in Casa de Los Angeles free daycare in Santa Julia.
The project is called "Alas" (Wings) and their work can be purchased at Allende Institute craft fairs and at the daycare itself. Lisa is happy to accept custom orders and also enjoys working with her customers to create something new and exciting out of older, even heirloom pieces. When not making jewelry, Lisa can be seen walking her rescued hounds Fibi and Gaga around Los Frailes. She also continues to do work with Spanish at a professional level, tutoring as well as translating and editing through Pacifica Translation and Tutoring Services, which is based in Seattle, Washington. Lisa holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and an M.A. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington.