Lisa Nelson Raabe is a textile artist and yoga therapist practicing in
Peoria, IL. She lives with her husband Burton Raabe, poet and social
provocateur and their cat Zorba.
I am informed by a deep respect for women’s work, the many hours invested in needle and thread, the gentle art of working with pliable planes - sewing, beading, embroidery. My work reflects a fascination with geometrics, mandalas, interlaced
Islamic patterning, the architecture of sacred spaces, domes, arches and ornamented arabesques.
I often begin with a vintage textile and use it as inspiration and ground, overlaying and embroidering by hand, with digitized machine work and layers of solid, opaque and sheer fabrics. Many years of travel to India illuminate my vision. I seek to honor and connect to a part of the world we war with and often see as other. The ecstatic poetry of Rumi, of flowered porticos and textiles, pattern on pattern, color on color open outward within meditative hours spent, bead by bead, stitch by stitch.