Lisa Van Herik is a metalsmith, abstract painter, author, educator, entrepreneur and saleswoman. She has an extensive background education in interior design, textile/surface design, abstract painting and metalsmithing.
An MSW, Lisa began her career doing art therapy. Taking hold of the Fine Craft movement in the 1980's, she began her own business representing numerous fine craft artists to the wholesale fine craft industry. She then created her first line of handpainted jewelry followed by a resin jewelry line and lastly, a sterling and fine silver woven jewelry line...all of which sold nationally through museum stores and fine craft galleries.
Lisa also worked for many years as a commercial artist. She worked for manufacturers of art supplies, creating trade show models of everything from tables to jewelry. She also wrote several "how-to" booklets and magazine articles promoting those art supplies.
As a metalsmith, Lisa has explored and created many woven wire techniques in the past 20 years. She has written two books on the subject. Make Wire Beads, the first self published book, has reached collector's item status. Her second book on combining fiber and wire, Fiberwire Beads and Jewelry, is sold out. Lisa has taught numerous workshops on woven wire techniques at the UCSD Fine Craft Center and to art organizations nationally.