Meet Lisa Boesch of ellembee, a chic line of clothing that's screen printed by hand. Lisa lives in White Lake, but travels all over the country (and beyond) to sell her popular product. Many of the shirts she prints on are made from bamboo and organic cotton, and she is constantly coming up with fun & fresh designs.What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
I was working as a bedding designer in Southern California when I was laid off in January of 2008. I moved back home to Michigan and needed to make a living doing something! I knew the basics of screen printing from a class I had taken in college. I decided to make a few shirts and post them on etsy. They sold within a few days, and ellembee was born! My company took off & I have never looked back!What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
I screen print my clothing by hand using an environmentally friendly, water based ink. I use many sustainable fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton. I also use a rare bleaching technique on many of my designs.What do you most love about the creative process?
I love seeing a new design when I print it on a shirt for the first time. I also LOVE being my own boss!
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
We actually get quotes printed up and every person that buys a shirt from us at a festival or craft fair gets one in their bag. I believe a good quote has the power to make someone's day or better someone's mood...here are a few of my favorites:
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Things turn our best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." John R. Wooden
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