Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local Upcycler Is Heading To Toronto's One of a Kind Show

Lisa of lisalesa is a self taught artist and upcyclist.  She is bringing new life to vintage finds has been accepted to the One of a Kind Show in Toronto March 31 - April 3, 2011.  I have previously posted about her upcycled graffiti pumps, purses, bags, and totes as well as her upcycled lighting fixtures.  It is a very big deal for this Winnipeg Artisan to be chosen for this event and is fundraising to cover much of the costs.  There will be an anticipated 200,000 people in attendance over the 4 days of the show and this is an awesome opportunity to spread the Manitoba Homemade word!  If you would like to support her in this venture she is happily excepting donations here:

This is the press release of her wonderful and exciting news:

"lisalesa takes thrift store drab and applies a variety of found and saved materials to create unique upcycled styles. lisalesa designs are whimsical, kooky and chic and are all truly unique. From one of a kind graffiti designed pumps to upcycled 2nd hand purses, bags and totes, lisalesa mashes thrift store shabby into sustainable high style.

Her passion is for thrift store garage and yard sale lighting finds.

After years of fine tuning her skills of finding vintage treasures at yard sales, thrift stores and beyond to then resell on EBay, Lisa decided to take a giant leap to bring new life to chandeliers, fixtures, lamps and more, all thrift store upgrades, and all using re-purposed materials to make lisalesa truly eco-minded.  With impeccable skill, lisalesa creates handcrafted designs, inspired by everything from her favorite Japanese restaurant, Paris in the spring or the colors of the Aegean Sea, lisalesa designs are an invitation to “bust out of the sameness”.  Specializing in custom pieces, you can either provide your chandelier, shoes or purse for her to work her magic on or let her pick out a “canvas” for you.

Lisa has been accepted to The One of a Kind Show in Toronto in March 31, 2011 She is an avid Blogger and writes to raise awareness of Child and Adolescent Anxiety. As a sufferer herself, Lisa has watched as 4 of her 5 daughters battle with, depression, anxiety and eating disorders over the past 5 years. They are the principal reason she started, her home grown design business.

To see more of lisalesa’s work and to learn more about her very touching and inspiring story contact lisa at or her Etsy shop at"

Lisa will have to take lots of pictures and fill us in on the show when she gets back.  Again, if you can help her out just a little to afford the thousands of dollars you can do it online.  Have a peak at her website, blog or Etsy shop to see her awesome upcycled fashions! We wish you luck in Toronto Lisa!!!



Enlightened Thinking said...

Thank you so much Jen. For sharing my story with all those who love your Blog and all things handmade

Enlightened Thinking said...

Thanks to Jenn...