Born and raised in the prairies of Alberta, Lisa Shepherd migrated west to British Columbia, where she now lives and creates heirloom Métis garments and fine art works. The designer is best known for her one-of-a-kind beaded garments which pay tribute to her Métis roots. Her contemporary studies of native plants and her exploration of the padula flowers in ancestral works have inspired her thoughtful designs of beads on velveteen, stroud and smokey hide. She works with a meticulousness that can only come from an artist’s desire to unearth an almost lost history, bring it into the present and explain it to a searching generation.
Lisa’s artist business was awarded the Business of the Year at the BC Aboriginal Business Awards and she was selected as Master Beadwork Artist at the Adaka Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon. She was honored to have her work chosen to represent the Métis people during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Lisa’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Alberta Museum, Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Gabriel Dumont Institute Museum and Archives, Fort Langley National Historic Site, the National Music Centre and in private collections.
For more information see www.lisashepherd.ca