Lisa Head Harbidge (Rocky Mountain House, AB) graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a sculpture major. While attending ACAD she began working for a prominent art glass studio in Calgary. The owner was keen to be on the developing edge of new techniques for the very traditional art form, which presented new challenges. Lisa apprenticed by learning the various methods such as copper foil construction, leading, fusing, etching etc. From commissioning, designing, and construction to lighting, restoration and installation she developed a diverse working knowledge of what was involved to produce quality works that will stand the test of time. Today, Lisa works out of her studio, Spirit Rider Studio, in Rocky Mountain House.
Lisa’s glass tapestries began with a love of Hawaii: sand, glass and beaches. Upon returning to Alberta she saw new colours and patterns in the landscapes more vividly than she did before. Lisa captures the tapestry of colours found in the landscape surrounding her through a technique much like bottled sand art. She creates postcard tapestries to be hung in a window rather than put away in an album.