Inspiration

Seams Good Studio encompasses a lifetime career beginning with teaching, then making art, then teaching art,  all with professional cleaning, organizing and accounting mixed in along the way.  I found that the energy and focus required to separate the different parts of my work was compromising creative time. The more I learn, the more I see how everything interconnects—a quilt with many patches.


I am inspired by nature, astronomy, geological history, the creative people in my life, and those who came before and flow through all of us.  I love thinking about the profound shifts and transformations of my home in Oregon once under oceans full of sharks, now nestled within the third generation of the Cascade mountain range, with rivers carrying those memories back to the Pacific.


Teaching & Sewing

Teaching inspires me.  It requires precise preparation with open flexibility, and holding a strong container while getting out of the way.  

Sewing and quilting carry memories. Knowing hearts, working hands, life's scraps made into something beautiful. 

Beauty inspires me.  No​t necessarily pretty or nice, but authentic, made with skill and care. True, even raw beauty may seem uneven, undone, unpredictable—yet anything that expresses honesty and earnest effort inspires me.

Bookkeeping & Organizing

The left-brained activities of sorting and filing receipts, entering and recording transactions, tracking data and job costing are all fun for me.  I'm inspired how a spreadsheet can become a map of one's daily, yearly, lifetime activities, and that a general ledger is essentially a quilt.

I enjoy organizing everything from living spaces and studios, to the tiny details of a drawer or an email contact list. Helping others bring more order into their homes, studios and financial lives, so that they have more time and space for creativity, joy and ease makes me very happy.


Art Commissions

From profound losses at an early age, grief has heightened my awareness of joy, and both continually inspire my art.

I know what the memory of a loved one and their special possessions can mean to the heart.  Offering tangible ways of remembering and honoring  those who have passed has been some of the most meaningful work I've ever done.  

Celebrating life's milestones with sewn gifts for births, graduations, anniversaries and for no special reason at all accentuates the joy all around us. I'm inspired by the comforting and connective power of quilts.

--Lisa K Alan

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