About Lisa

Artist-designer Lisa Ekström lives and works in Berkeley, California. Raised in a family of architects, painters, musicians, and weavers, she was the only second grader in her class who knew what "Helvetica" was. 

After years of working as an art director and graphic designer, Lisa began to focus more on her work by hand: painting, lettering, and illustration. She created an ongoing series of calligraphy styles based on fictional characters like Emma Woodhouse, Amélie Poulain, and Holly Golightly. She has received love letters and fanmail for her series of tree-themed tea towel calendar designs for Spoonflower. Her handiwork has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, and San Francisco Brides. 

Since October 2014, she has been making art every day, and completed this 1,000 day project on 27 June 2017. She's also nearing the completion of a 100-day project of a 100 page abstract story book. Both of these projects can be followed on Instagram at @lisaeks, using #1000dayproject and #100daysofabstractstorybook . 

These days she can be found ink-spattered, paintbrush at the ready, singing along with her accordion, and nearly always in red clogs.


Photo by  Caroline Wampole