ABOUT THE ARTIST
My early life was spent in an environment that was rich with color and design. The Hispanic, and Native American influences in the small village I lived in as a child surrounded me, helping to create the warp on which my life has been woven.
I grew up in New Mexico by the banks of the Rio Grande in the shadow of the majestic Sandia Mountains. New Mexican life is not only rich with tradition but also with color and natural phenomena. I was lucky to have a family that valued the natural beauty of the land. Many days my grandfather and I roamed the mountains around his house, exploring caves and rocky outcrops, collecting fossils, and learning about the plants and animals. At night we would all lie about on the warm granite boulders telling stories while watching the sunset over the ancient volcanos to the West. I gardened with my Mother and irrigated the rich soil of the Rio Grande valley with my Father. This was the environment that served as my earliest inspiration.
Just before my twelfth birthday we moved to Ethiopia and I experienced an exciting new array of earthy colors, plants and exotic designs in the great Horn of Africa. A few years later I took my first trip to Guatemala where I relished in the explosion of color in the indigenous weavings that incorporated the flowers and plants of the region. As an adult I spent several years in Australia where the flora of that continent differed from any I had ever seen. Aboriginal cultures possess a respect for the earth not unlike of the cultural traditions of my youth. My lifetime of travel and exposure to nature and to the cultures that celebrate their sense of place, has been my inspiration. It has moved me to create design that serves as a portal for exploring the beauty that surrounds us.
ABOUT LISA VERPLOEGH DESIGNS
LISA VERPLOEGH DESIGNS ( Formerly Fieldstone Designs ) evolved from a photographic and interdisciplinary project of the geologic world. When I was in the field photographing geologic phenomena for A COMMON GEOLOGY, The the glorious color and texture present in the rock prompted my exploration into the world of textile and surface design. Applying my 40 years of photographic experience, design and my lifelong interest in science, enabled me to construct these unique surface designs.
Many of the geology images, can be found linked to ACOMMONGEOLOGY.COM, with a full description of the rock as well as geologic age and provenance.
Through my lens, I am awe struck by the beautiful surface designs nature has created. From these close-up views of our world, I do what artists have done for centuries, I deconstruct amazing and beautiful pieces, and reassemble them, teasing out a new dimensional spectrum of patterns that I find hidden within. I see myself as a transformative surface designer. Looking at color, lines, depth, angles, light and other aspects that occur regularly in nature and endeavor to pull out new dispositions while still maintaining the look of the original subject. Since those early days I expanded my design scope and my vision to the biologic world, the frozen fractal world of crystals, and the colorful world of metal that is oxidizing and corroding back to the earth. I envision a touch of modern in a delicate ice crystal, or a suggestion of floral in a twisted surface of stone millions of years old. The patterns evoke the southwestern style when using the leaves from a dying agave plant or a rock from the mountainous desert of Big Bend National Park. When I use glacial stones from a chilly Maine coastline, I hope to stir in a sense of the wild ocean.
Every image has a story made special by the metamorphic blink of a butterfly, or the compressive force of a continent, the fragile frost of a northern morning, or the rusted gas pump of yesteryear. Over the years I have discovered an endless kaleidoscope of designs. My hope is that these designs will transport you to Vermont backroads or warm California coasts, from hot Texas deserts to ancient rocky outcrops in Michigan. But ultimately, I hope the next time you find yourself wandering in nature your senses will heighten for the natural designs in our midst.
The designs I create are available as an individual piece or as in most cases they are part of a grouping that are taken from the same image. I can customize designs by taking images from rocks and outcrops in certain areas of the country or from parks or even as specific as the biology of your own backyard. With some textures, I add color to soften or brighten the look. The images are very versatile and can meet a variety of needs.