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Telluride Style 2003


“EXPRESSIONS From the Soul of Telluride
by Kathleen M. Bush
Telluride Style, winter/spring 2003-2004


Some people are made for their careers. The two appear entirely born for each other, leaving the rest of us to wonder.Was there ever any doubt? Local artist Lisa Issenberg is one of those people, a true natural. Issenberg is a metal worker, constructing impressive pieces, big and small. She creates jewelry in silver and gold and larger works in steel and mixed-media; her style gracefully clean and richly minimal. Issenberg’s creativity is astounding. From her Rocky Mountain charms to Telluride’s trash and recycling receptacles, every detail of her work is unique and meticulously crafted. Currently, Issenberg is expanding her functional repertoire—tables, chairs, ladders, railings, office accents (like metal-framed, dry-erase/cork boards) and sconces. “I love it all and each project is a welcome challenge,” says Issenberg. “I love combining my style with the vision of others. To me, that’s what design is and what differentiates it from art. You’re looking outside, not just inside.” Issenberg’s work is on display throughout town and at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.

With technological advantages, today’s jewelry scene is certainly more far-reaching and charismatic than in centuries past. Take for example, Lisa Issenberg’s jewelry designs. Issenberg has created the Rocky Mountain charms that employ photographs—of the San Juan ‘s majestic peaks and delicate wildflowers—framed in intricate motifs. Issenberg’s unique charms can be found at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, on main street.

This entry was posted on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 and is filed under Press

Truly Telluride 2008

“Lisa Issenberg
by Michelle Groper
Truly Telluride, a Telluride Properties publication
April 2008

Lisa Issenberg is on the move. Between Telluride and Ridgway – where her studio is located – the East Coast, the West Coast, a bit of France and back again, it’s hard to imagine that she designs objects that tend to be stationary.

But it’s a fact that her art is quite rooted to the area – literally and figuratively since 1991. As an undergrad at Tufts University in Boston, Lisa had no idea she’d be an artist. During her senior year, she took some jewelry classes at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and embarked on an enviable and constantly changing career in art that would take her across the country and back again. Inspired and curious about working with steel, Lisa decided to study metal work and sculpture at San Francisco State. After many years of living and working (establishing Issenberg Design) back in the Telluride/Ophir area, it was time to return to the fundamentals at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she earned a Masters of Industrial Design. There Lisa focused on the design process, combining creativity with problem-solving, learning the processes of mass production, drawing heaps of prototypes for the forms and products of our daily lives and using this knowledge to enhance her sculpture, functional design and jewelry work.

And, she thought, as long as she lived in New York, why not approach the Whitney Museum to see if they’d carry some of her jewelry in the gift shop, then known as “The Store Next Door”? Of course they were thrilled to represent her, as was the International Center of Photography.

Upon graduating from Pratt in 2001, Lisa headed west again, back to Telluride, where she plays in the mountains, and where her very unique art is in high demand. No project is too big or small: railings, signs, benches, jewelry. Her art is all around for everyone to see: the donor walls at the Palm Theatre, the Conference Center in Mountain Village, the Telluride Historical Museum, a River Trail park bench, the Telluride trash receptacles and kiosk, art in private homes and most recently, Telluride Properties’ yard signs.

This entry was posted on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 and is filed under Press