LONDON – Canmore-raised artist Liisa Chisholm’s latest artwork is ready to hit pavements and skate parks across the globe.
The London-based creator combined her passion for making art and love of skateboarding to bring her poetry to motion with “Flower Power,” the design of a new skateboard deck from British company Lovenskate.
“I’m excited to see people skate on it when the world opens up a bit more,” said Chisholm.
The sunny and bright design, and T-shirts with matching artwork, go on sale this week online at Lovenskate.com, and shipments of the product are going to various shops in the U.K., Germany and Japan.
“It’s exciting thinking where it goes,” Chisholm said. “It’s almost like a little bit of me has gone off in all these different areas.”
The public got its first look at the design in February during Chisholm’s artwork exhibit Flower Show at House of Vans London.
The exhibit, in partnership with Vans, was the perfect time to launch her latest work, screen printed by Stuart Smith, owner of Lovenskate, with Chisholm’s design.
Chisholm has lived in London for about seven years, creating vivid textile print designs and illustrations and establishing a distinctive brand.
For the deck design is smiling flowers coloured white, yellow and green, on a variety of flashy backdrops. Chisholm only had two rules: it had to say Lovenskate on it and it had to be fewer than four colours to meet deadlines.
“It’s just been a slow growth, working and skating is fun because it's always nice working with areas I’m excited about and things that relate to me personally instead of trying to discover a completely new world, which is great as well, but maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it as effectively,” Chisholm said.
“It’s always such a delight working with Lovenskate because I love screen printing and it’s nice knowing how the whole process is going to pan out for it."
Still speaking with a small town charm, the Londoner is hoping to see her friends using her board once things starting reopening around the globe.
“That really makes me happy because whenever I’m doing designs, I try to bring some joy and colour in the world and it,” she said.