Mathematical puzzles, paradoxes, coincidences and absurd ideas, all these are things that inspire Lisa Shahno. Preferably she combines stuff that seemed to be opposite, incompatible or ridiculous in combination before. She is most delighted by thinking about an absurd idea and then realizing that her idea is not so absurd after all.
Lisa spent her first four years in a small town in East Germany. The girl apprehended little, magical gardens and houses clad in ivy. She remembers garden gnomes, toys, clothes, shoes, cooking utensils and everything made with great care and design. In 1989 she moved to Russia. During her fashion design studies in Moscow, she created clothes, toys, drew illustrations for local magazines and painted.
Most of Lisa’s creations just “happen” coincidentally. Usually she constructs small, abstract, three dimensional archetypes with fabric or paper and evolves them into clothes. This way, her creative scope for development increases. She does not want to be restricted by classical shapes, she is passionate about emerging new forms. Rectangles, quadrangles or other types of polygons are the main elements.
In October 2009, she won the “Best Avantgarde Award” at CREATEUROPE, which is organized by Goethe Institute in Berlin. Her prize was an apartment with a studio in Berlin. With the financial support from the „Artparad” project, she currently lives there and works on her next collection.