Lisa Wiseman is fondly known as ‘The Crazy Hat Lady’, for her quirky and colourful crochet headgear and art garments, but also paints nearly any subject on nearly any objects, from buses to walls to clothing. The female line of her family predisposed her towards crochet as a mode of expression- a fourth generation crocheter, exploring and fusing historic and modern techniques and materials, pushing the limits of hooks and yarn to produce the next exciting thing. At present, that is traditional description defying scoods and scarts, and poseable critter hats which hold their wearer’s spectacles, or squid and octopus hats which double as luggage. She adores colour and texture, loves a challenge, has a ‘can do’ attitude to new ideas, media and techniques, and constantly crochet all sorts of ‘crazy’ things, all with a smile.
"Around the time when the last turbines were shut down, discussion of the closure and people’s reactions to it were cropping up everywhere...I am also envisioning the future and anticipating how Lady Liddell will appear in Her next incarnation"
Lisa Wiseman is exploring and fusing historic and modern techniques and materials, pushing the limits of hooks and yarn to produce the next exciting thing. The hard hat shaped crocheted ‘Thinking Caps’ that Wiseman is making for the LiddellWORKS Project are steadily growing in number and variety. These 'Thinking Caps' are expanding in their range of motifs and themes, as she finds ways to abstract elements of the power station and ‘Her’ people into them. Wiseman is currently happily crocheting away on the Thinking Caps, exploring shapes, colours, media and techniques. With being immersed in producing the 'Thinking Caps', and part of the Project has made Lisa feel more aware and consider more deeply...