Lisa Gindi, born in 1967, in Brooklyn with name, Lisa Robin Gindi, graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and obtained her Master of Science at Adelphi University, Soho Campus. The first-born child of two, Lisa is a New York artist/painter who studied in New York City. She grew up in Canarsie until the age of five, mostly lived in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, and in South Merrick, Long Island. She lived in Coral Springs, South Florida, for one year, and spent summers and vacations in Deal, New Jersey, upstate, New York, Delray Beach, Florida, and The Hamptons. Presently, Lisa lives in Kew Gardens Hills, which is the burbs of Kew Gardens, (in Flushing), Queens, New York.
Lisa loves to mix fashion with outdoor scenery, as well as draw, then paint interiors with great detail. She uses a flat, matte paint next to a shiny, metallic paint to show contrasts in luster and loves to make shapes “pop” by outlining them. In the fashion design program at FIT, Lisa learned that it was all about the dress and little focus was on the details of a figure’s face. She always enjoyed sketching with colored pencils the fine details of a gown and textures of the textiles in lace and silk. That was very in-style, back then, in the ‘80s during her "Madonna years". She thinks that nature is a big part of design in that is where all textiles originate from. More specifically, in terms of fibers, animal prints, and dyes, etc., so as a painter, Lisa incorporates earthy colors in her collection. She was always fascinated by architectural design, arched doorways, geometric tiles, and chandeliers, whether new or old, too, and, so, now brings fashion together with buildings, bridges, interiors, and furnishings. Her art has emerged from painting on clothes, women’s tops and matching pants outfits, doing collage boxes, designing crystal and leather earrings, to painting abstract and fashionable, figurative works on canvas.
Lisa was told she had to pay her own way through school, so, at 18 years of age, Lisa would borrow her mom’s car and go to Grand Street on the Lower East Side. There, she would purchase huge boxes of oversized men’s undershirts, some V-neck and others, crew neck, as there were no beach coverups in those days in various sizes. She would see the women wearing button-down men's dress shirts over their swimsuits, mostly which did not look very comfortable for a day at the beach. In her attempt to create a cute and comfortable line of beach cover-ups, Lisa used her sewing machine to sew elastic in them to make a hiked up, "skirt effect" that looked like a cute tennis dress. She bought gallons of paint from Pearl Paint on Canal Street for the designs. Some years she would paint around fabric cut-outs that were ironed-on and other summers she would do graphic designs and city skylines. Her shirts had these foil mirrors that were like huge sequins and brought a nice pop of glamour to finish the look.
As there were no variety of sizes for beach coverups in stores back in the day and knowing her particular clientele, Lisa specially catered to each one of her "ladies on the beach".....designed-to-order, unique, swimsuit coverups to satisfy each and every one of them. She learned it was only cost-effective to color the shirts herself with the dye. A few times, young neighborhood children would ask, curiously, what she was doing with all the buckets outside her home. They'd ask to come help with the tie-dyes, squeezing out the colored water and removing the rubber bands, fascinated to see the bright, colored rings appear.
Later, Lisa worked in a high school that was located in Park Slope, teaching fashion art, sports car illustration and African-mask art. And, her students did a “Save The Animals” project art design. She would sell shirts during the summer when school was not in session. Her African art was displayed and raved about by Brooklyn And Staten Island Schools District Head, Michael Grandwitter, who praised, "we haven't seen anything like this in 30 years!"
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