Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti was born in Europe, raised in the Midwest, and spent fifteen years zinging around New York and London before finally settling in Los Angeles. She has an unending obsession with the past and has always felt slightly out of step with the present-day. After burning out as an ad writer at agencies like Saatchi and Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and McCann-Erickson, she founded a lifestyle/design blog called “A Bloomsbury Life” about living a modern life through an Old World lens read by people in over 140 countries. Her design book “Novel Interiors” (2014, Random House) about how classic novels can inspire your style is a literary exploration into forging a connection with the past.
Lisa has been embroidering since she was a child and uses her observations on 21st century life to fuel her work:
“I am a self-taught textile artist. I use embroidery as a contextual canvas to illustrate my life through thread and to provide a bit of social commentary into the preoccupations, obsessions and eccentricities of modern life. By documenting my thoughts through a platform that until recently has been excluded from the canon, I seek to widen notion of what art can be, and in doing so, capture a record of the preoccupations, obsessions, and eccentricities of modern life and behavior.”
Lisa’s solo show in 2010 at the ACME Gallery in Beverly Hills was hailed as a pioneering and evocative tour de force. Her works are held in many private collections including that of Soho House, Hollywood.
1. On Truth in Art, Part One. Cotton embroidery thread and burlap.
Method used: hand-sewn cross-stitch. Dimensions: 45 ½” x 34 ½”
2. West End Avenue, Cotton embroidery thread on linen ground.
Hand sewn long and short stitch. Dimensions: 20 ½” x 14 ½”
3. Patron, Cotton thread, metallic thread, leather, canvas fabric, antique Uzbek tent braid.
Machine and hand stitching. Dimensions: 27”x 27”