My name is Lisa Wrench and I am a multi-disciplinary artist, an illustrator and a storyteller and I live in Cornwall in an area known as The Forgotten Corner.
Formerly a commercial illustrator and a graduate of Falmouth University, I spent many years in the wilderness of life before a serious illness and a reassessment of my path prompted a return to storytelling and to Cornwall. Back in Falmouth I reset my life by undertaking an MA in Authorial Illustration where I was encouraged to pursue my own authentic creative voice and to begin living the life which was right for me.
Consequently, life here in Cornwall is intentionally simple and close to nature. I currently spend my days creating work which is meaningful to me and which I hope will inspire others, and when I am not working I can usually be found with my partner who is endeavouring to convert an old fishing trawler named Albacore into a houseboat in pursuit of a sustainable way of life for the future. Allow me if you will, to share my adventures ...
Having spent what seemed like an eternity making ribs and beams out of cardboard whilst miserably listening to the drilling and hammering of the builders working in the rooms above, dust and asbestos falling on my head (!)I have finally and triumphantly managed to construct the frame for the boat. Made entirely out of cardboard, the beams were constructed from carefully planned and measured templates with the four sections welded together with my new favourite tool, The Mighty Glue Gun. It has turned out much better than I was anticipating really, having ditched my original plan to use hardboard, this construction is lightweight and easily moved around, but also very strong and sturdy once fixed in place. The beams are all held together using dowling and the whole thing, once put in place, holds its shape perfectly. In addition, to disguise the cardboard and give the frame even more strength, I have used a layer of paper mache and a top layer of PVA to give myself a good base on which to paint. There is a lot to do still, but I think that this part was probably (hopefully) the most tedious and from now on, exciting things are going to start happening.
I am a ...
... Teller of Tales. A Creator of Books. An Artist, Illustrator and A Boatbuilder. A Professional Daydreamer, Occasional Mermaid, and always The Eternal Optimist.