Lisa Jean Allswede’s sewing machine knows no bounds. It sews upon everything, from her watercolor paintings to her installations. It has traveled with her from Michigan to Chicago, Pittsburgh to Oklahoma City, and now to Las Vegas. Allswede’s sewing machine is adventurous. Allswede received her BFA in painting from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Art Education from Chatham University. She founded The Project Box, an art gallery and community creative space in OKC’s Paseo Arts District, and has exhibited across the United States.


My textile vignettes examine the eclectic array of challenges we face in our dynamic society. Using my Singer 4432 Heavy Duty Extra-High Speed Sewing Machine, I rapidly alternate stitches, tension, and width to create loops and snarls upon everything, from my watercolor paintings to my photographs, and even sculptural installations. Each embroidered piece is a conversation about the courage needed to adapt to adversity. The entangled threads of my artwork celebrate strength and beauty with each mending. A tapestry of our culture.