Win A Cool Steel Artwork For Your Home

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Above: A selection of Lisa’s cool artwork.

 

WIN A COOL STEEL ARTWORK FOR YOUR HOME

Lisa Turley started creating her fab steel artwork almost by accident. After an extensive search for something to spice up her newly landscaped garden, the designer and mother-of-two looked long and hard but couldn’t find anything to match her exacting standards. So in true Kiwi style Lisa started creating her own designer artwork out of recycled New Zealand steel.  With her desire to create, a growing passion for stainless steel, together with her interior design training, Lisa launched her own brand, LisaSarah in 2007 and she hasn’t looked back.

Today, the brand continues to reflect Lisa’s love of steel; its simple timeless design ensures her art will fit with any home, garden or business for many years to come. We recently caught up with Lisa to find out a little bit more about what goes on behind the scenes at LisaSarah.

 

5 MINUTES WITH LISA TURLEY

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Above: Lisa Turley.

 

Describe your artwork in three words?
Simple, clean, contemporary.

Why is your business called LisaSarah?
When I started online I wanted a .com address to allow for future growth. www.lisaturley.com was taken (she’s a hairdresser in the US). My husband used to call me Lisa Sarah as Sarah means “princess” so LisaSarah.com was born.

How do you create your designs?
Designs and ideas are always swirling around in my head and I usually jot them down on paper or in my phone and file them away ready for my special ‘creative’ times. They start on paper but then have to be drawn up on the computer to be cut. I print everything out on paper first to get the spatial design right – I usually have bits of ‘paper’ art on the wall so I can conceptualize what a design will look like. I’m a perfectionist so it’s important to me that I am completely happy with a piece before I cut it in steel.

Which is your most popular piece to date?
There is usually a standout from each collection (from this collection it’s “hello sunshine” – interestingly I wasn’t 100 percent happy with it and wasn’t even going to take it to the Gift Fair!).

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Above: Hello Sunshine from Lisa’s current collection.

 

How do they weather when they are kept outside?
Until the most recent collection, I have always worked with high grade (304) brushed stainless steel. This weathers incredibly well outdoors – it’s the same as a good quality BBQ. I always say it “shouldn’t” rust however; sometimes garden chemicals, food or dirty fingers can have something on them that causes surface rust. You can use white vinegar to wipe it off as it’s not the steel rusting, its growth on the outside – I can’t believe how much I know about steel and rust now. I have done a few pieces in marine grade (316) steel where it will be immersed in water or the client lives right by the beach.

How heavy are they?
Not as heavy as you might think however, they need to be a certain thickness to be weighty enough not to blow in the wind if used outside They start from about 1kg and the large world map is just over 10kg.

Do you have a personal favourite?
It changes constantly. I have different pieces all around my home (Large stainless cutlery in the kitchen, “Live, Love, Laugh in my family area, I fluctuate between Love and Kisses and the Vintage Heart in my bedroom. I tend to change them each time I do a new range. I have now got “Welcome to our crazy home” in my entrance as it’s fun and always gets comments. I get bored seeing the same thing all the time. I do have a fondness for Rock Paper Scissors too but am not sure where I could fit it.

 

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Above: One of Lisa’s all-time favourite pieces, Welcome to our crazy home.

 

Do you ever offer bespoke designs?
Absolutely. I’ve worked with a number of companies, schools and individuals in NZ and overseas. I love working with a client and seeing their face when the piece is complete and they see it for the first time.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
Anything by ABBA will always get me on the dance floor.

 

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Above: Love Arrows.

 

WIN WIN WIN

We have one of Lisa’s Rock, Paper, Scissors artwork valued at $160 to give away to one lucky Insider. We love the fact that this design is influenced by a love of fair play!

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Above: Lisa’s Rock, Paper, Scissors steel artwork.

 

To go in the draw to win click here to officially enter. Everyone who is a Style Insider subscriber and who has entered will automatically go in the draw.

Winners will be drawn and announced here next Tuesday 5 November.

Good luck!

Take a look at a few of our favourite picks from LisaSarah.com below.