Publisher’s Notes: One of the most wonderful aspects of interacting with students through our online courses at Fibergoodness.com is meeting new people from all over the globe who are kindred spirits. I love welcoming new fiber artist friends into my life! Over the past 18 months, I have had the pleasure to get to know Lise Condis of Tre Liz, a new friend with incredible drive and talent who lives in Greece. Lise does it all…dyes, spins, knits and creates lovely finished pieces and now she has a podcast too. I am confident that you will enjoy getting to know Liz better as I did.
Spin Artiste (SA): Have you always been an artist? What made you turn your attention to fiber?
Lise Condis (LC): From a very young age I always wanted to be two things: a vet or a painter. I ended up being an Optometrist that had also passed the Beaux Arts examination entrance but never applied because I never saw painting as a profession.
LC: “TréLiz” has a double meaning, depending on the language you are reading. In Greek, “treli” means literally “insane”, and “Liz” is my name… so it stands for “Crazy Liz”, I think it sums up pretty well my fiber path. In French, “Trés” means “a lot”… so it stands for “very Liz”, as I am expressing myself through color and fiber.
I want to have spun at least once, fiber from all the animal kingdom!
As for tools? I would love a carder, and of course another wheel.. A portable one, maybe an e-spinner as I am travelling a lot.
LC: I love it because I really can express myself through it, and I am always very excited to do new things and to know that people like what I do is very rewarding. It makes me more confident, color is power and fiber is my weapon.
LC: I try to embrace mistakes. We are trying to make something unique. Especially when hand dyeing or spinning art yarns, what more special than a mistake? I might get sad, or frustrated but in the end I always find charms in my mistakes. They are cute. They are me. Otherwise there would be no point to hand make something.. I would have purchased it in a store, but wait a minute, it would not be not even close to what I wanted.. so after having this little reality check in my mind, I know that I am doing fine.. and if I reaaaally do not like it, I will just use it for something else… weaving (very new to that) or art rolags, or cut that mud color yarn and use it to attach tags.
From when I first started spinning, as I mentioned I had to learn by myself and a big help were Ashley Martineau’s videos on youtube.
As for dyeing… when you learn how to dye, there is always one thing I hate to do, but I was trying to do measure! I hated it because I am very impulsive and I want to get going and I forget to measure and write down… so my dyeing hero was Natalie Redding, I saw a video of hers on youtube and yeah! She wasn’t measuring! I was relieved, and said to myself: I am not alone!Now, I am learning so much more from her dyeing course… I feel very fortunate! Once she saw a yarn of mine on facebook and made a compliment… I was jumping up and down!!! I still think about it and want to cry from joy lol
LC: Mango Sorbet! <3
It’s hard to believe but July is starting to wind down. August is almost here…and that means that my dear friends, Melissa Yoder Ricks (Wild Hare Fiber) and Christiane Knight (Three Ravens) will once again be hosting Spin Quest in Front Royal, VA. Unfortunately, I will be travelling then and can’t come but they have a new format this year and if I was around, I would for sure be there! If you are interested in learning more, click here.