Lis grew up surrounded by textiles as her mother was an accomplished dressmaker and craftswoman. She learned to knit, crochet, sew, weave, spin, plait and quilt: some of these skills from her mother, others independently. Beginning with Indonesian batik which was always present in her home, and her passion for travel, to Holland, France and Italy and Europe and Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, India and Japan in Asia, she developed an appreciation of textiles from around the world and has assembled a considerable and diverse collection.
Lis was first drawn to Feltmaking when she attended the Fashion Parade held by members of the Canberra Region Feltmakers and went on to attend many and varied workshops presented by local, interstate and international feltmakers.
Lis has participated in Group Exhibitions in Braidwood, Canberra, Melbourne and Alice Springs, for about 10 years and have been represented in galleries in Braidwood and Bungendore for about the same time. Her work was also previously available through CraftACT. Lis has won a number of awards at the Royal Sydney and Canberra Shows, including Champion in the Professional Section in 2017. She was also the recipient of the Outstanding Country Artist Award at the Gundaroo Bush Festival Telstra Art Show and winner in the Sustainable Practice Category in 2013 and the Colour Category in 2017 at the Melbourne Scarf Festival.
Lis has published an article, entitled Dairy of a Sustainable Feltmaker in Felt Magazine (ArtWear Publications P/L), Issue 14, December, 2015.
More information and images at lismertensfeltmaker.blogspot.com