Lisa Shepard Stewart is a writer and designer based in New Jersey. In her books, African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home and Global Expressions: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World, Lisa encourages others to express themselves creatively through culturally relevant techniques and materials. She published her third book, African Accents On The Go! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style in June 2007, and in 2011 began publishing FABRIGASM magazine, for Lovers of African Textiles.
Lisa teaches classes and events internationally, and travels to Ghana to source artists, fabrics and materials. She also organizes and hosts textile tours to Ghana, most recently taking 28 people on her SewJourn in October 2013.
Lisa writes regularly for various web sites, and trade and consumer publications. Lisa has demonstrated several projects & techniques on HGTV , and its sister network, DIY, along with Discovery Channel and sewing & quilting programs on PBS. For four years (2001 to 2004), she was the craft columnist for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, serving a readership of over 450,000. Check out the VIDEOS page for a few of her TV craft segments and projects, from headwraps to home decor to gift ideas and more.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and an Associate degree in Communications. She has held various positions in the sewing, craft, and textile industries, including creative director, writer/consultant, fabric buyer, merchandiser, and promotions manager.
Lisa has collected African fabrics since 1986, after a visit to Senegal, West Africa. In addition to sewing and fabric collecting, some of her other interests are travel, holistic health, and yoga.
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