LISA SHEPARD STEWART is an award-winning writer and
designer based in New Jersey. In her books, African Accents: Fabrics
and Crafts to Decorate Your Home and Global Expressions:
Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World, Lisa encourages
others to express themselves creatively through culturally relevant
techniques and materials. She promotes her work through classes and
special events around the country and internationally, and travels to
Ghana to source artists, fabrics and materials. Lisa produces Creative
Retreats at a holistic spa in Negril, Jamaica, and her first Textile & Craft
Tour of Ghana is set for September 2010. Lisa’s first book, African
Accents, earned the Primedia Award of Excellence in 2001.
Her website, www.CulturedExpressions.com, received the Black Web
Award for 2007 in the Home Design category, and again won the 2008, 2009 and 2010 awards in the newly-created Crafts, Décor & Creative Living
category. Her third book, African Accents ON THE GO! Designing
Accessories with Cultural Style, is the first to be published by her
company, and was released in June 2007.
Lisa writes regularly for various web sites, and trade and consumer
publications. She has demonstrated several projects & techniques on
HGTV and DIY networks, along with Discovery Channel and sewing
programs on PBS. For four years, she was the bi-weekly craft
columnist for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New
York City with a B.S. in Marketing and an A.A.S. in Communications. She
has held various positions in the sewing, craft, and textile industries,
including creative director, writer/consultant, fabric buyer, merchandiser,
and marketing manager.
Lisa has collected African fabrics since 1986,
after a visit to Senegal, West Africa. Some of her other interests include
travel, entertaining, handwriting analysis, holistic health and yoga.
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