Lisa Mandle Designer, Collaborator, Teacher

244 Barnet Mountain Drive Marshall NC 28753 828.649.9585


Formal Education

1983 BA from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)

1982 Exchange program with Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham UK in Theater Design

1980-83 transfer to MICA in Baltimore in General Fine Art

1979 Montgomery College Art Program; dance minor


Continued Professional Training

2015 Certification updated for Ageless Grace Hendersonville NC

2013 Ageless Grace Certification Hendersonville NC

2010 Nia Blue Belt Training Milwaukee WI

2007 Nia White Belt Training Hendersonville NC

1997 Dance Congress Tucson AZ Mettler Method

1985 Flat Pattern Making and Pattern Grading course Balt MD


Professional Experience

2011-present Movement/Music teacher for HSCLC Pre School and After School program.

2007-present Teaching 3-5 Nia classes weekly in and around Marshall and Asheville.

2010-2014 Co-founded and collectively designed and ran Flow~ Handmade Adornment for Body & Home with seven other local artists until recently stepping down from owner/member status to consignor artist.

2012 Collaborated with weaver Selinde Lanier in the creation of a small collection of wearables; 2 coats, a skirt, pants, and 2 shawl/wraps all my designs utilizing 3 unique pieces of yardage handwoven by Selinde, all sharing the same wool warp, and each featuring a unique weft of wool, alpaca and tencel. The work was featured in the Project Handmade Fashion Show at the Asheville Art Museum, where regional textile artists and makeres from farm to runway showed together the honor of slow cloth and slow fashion. 

2011 Assisted in direction and scheduling of arts and cultural programming of a day program for elders at the Jewish Community Center of Asheville NC

2007-2011 Co-created Neighborhood Studio a dedicated body mind movement & dance space with Kristen Derrick and Deborah Kaye in the Marshall High Studios. Originally host to over a dozen area movement specialists offering Yoga, Nia, dance, Hip Hop, Belly dancing, T'ai Chi. Ballet for children and more. The space continues as Magictown Movement Studio today under new direction continuing the original mission for the space.

2009 -2010 Co Designed The Nauhaus, first U.S. Hempcrete application as wall infill for a unique West Asheville residential space built to German Passive House standards with locally sourced finish materials. I was responsible for creating the schematic design and finish specifications and collaborated to create the landscape design, and collaborated with both the engineer and designer/builder to create the style of the house design.

2007-2010 Schematic design and renderings, assistant designer residential design Think Green Building with Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan

2005-2007 Created The Neighborhood Studio a downtown teaching space for young people and adults above what is now the SECU on Main Street in Marshall. Host of a dedicated empty movement space for pilates, yoga, group dance improvisation, music jams, percussion and instrumental collaboration with dance and round singing as well as space for sewing, design classes, collaboration, fashion shows and more.

1999 Co create and launch the Barn Quilt Painting project in Madison County via the Madison County Arts Council to create a Barn Quilt Painting program for the area. Responsible for designing a public access quilt painting design manual, initiating the program with a quilt painting for downtown Marshall, as well as a barn quilt for the community to paint for a barn off of Lower Brush Creek.

1999-2001 Co created a portable cartoon play house structure used to raise funds for our local arts council. Community members bought 'shingles' (primed cardboard) to be painted, and the house is slowly shingled with original small art works by the community over the course of the event. The shingles themselves were subsequently used to auction to raise additional funds for the arts council.

2001 – 2011 Produced several public and private mural paintings on a variety of surfaces, indoor and out, on concrete, cinder block, prepared panels, corrugated metal, dry wall, and wood. Notable public works include a painted archway for the Marshall Public Library, and a community mural for the YWCA in Asheville NC spanning a180 foot retaining wall.

2000-2004 Taught creative sewing and design classes Waechter's Silk Shop, Asheville NC

1996-2000 & 2007 -08 Taught variety of arts disciplines to young people of all ages through long standing county summer arts program C.A.M.P. (Children's Art in the Mountains Program) Classes included percussion, group dance, comic book design and creation, mural painting and Nia for kids.

1995-2000 Produced Only One collection of one of kind clothing, sold through private trunk shows and boutiques primarily in Asheville

1994 Assistant designer/pattern maker and part time rep for Su-Zen, independent label out of Chicago IL, sold from trade shows in L.A. and NYC. Worked under once pattern maker for Anne Klein.

1990 Bridal design pattern maker and cutter for Custom Bridal Shop in Austin TX.

1986-1990 Event design and installation P.W. Feats Responsible for the concept, design, installation and removal of thematic backdrops, set pieces, centerpiece designs, working with lighting companies, caterers and rental companies for large scale events and fundraisers in the Balt/Wash area.

1986-88 Sewing assistant, cutting assistant Center Stage, state theater of MD, Baltimore.

1985-87 Pattern maker and sewing assistant A.T. Jones Costumer Baltimore MD

1984-1987 Designed and produced limited collections under label Lisa Mandle Designs, produced with one assistant and myself in Baltimore MD, marketed in NYC through the boutique markets reaching small boutiques nationwide.

1984-1987 Freelance costume and custom wedding dress design in Baltimore Washington Area from home studio.

1986-1989 Partnered to design and create large painted works, canvas backdrops and direct application on location, installation and faux painting for events, museums and small galleries. Baltimore, Washington D.C., Philadelphia.

1986-1988 Set dressing, set decorating, assistant production assistant for film, television and music video in Baltimore MD.



2014 Nominated for Joan Mitchell Grant, receive scholarship to attend Visual Artists Retreat pre conference and Alternate Roots Week 2014 at Lutheridge in Arden NC. Alternate Roots is a 40 year old Atlanta based organization providing networking, grant opportunities and education for artists and activists working for social change, serving thirteen southern states.

2014 Co-created Synesthesia; ineffable pairings of scent and cloth with Katie Vie and Selinde Lanier for American Craft Week at the end of a 4 year collaboration as co founder/owners of Flow.

2014 Flow receives a national award for Most Innovative Event Concept for 2014 from the ACC (American Craft Council) for the show Synesthesia; ineffable pairings of scent and cloth.

2012 Created unique collection from handwoven wool by Selinde Lanier for a slow cloth celebration with a premier fashion show at the Asheville Art Museum.

2010-2014 series of shows at Flow, including 'Clay Body' collaborations and work of Lisa Mandle & Rob Pulleyn, 'Fabrications' a group show of contemporary quilts and textile works, among several others.

2010 “drawing through life' One Woman retrospective show of my drawings at Good Stuff on Main Street Marshall NC

2008-09 Series of small public dance works, unannounced public movement offerings. Collaborated primarily with Francine Cavanaugh for Hallway dance, Crossing the Bridge with Rope, The Three Ladies (with additional dancer Melisa McKee, Sound by Clarke Snell) culminating in a dance for a display window, performed at the MCAC in downtown Marshall.

2008 Cover Design for book of poetry by Judy Neri 'Always the Trains' published by Scarith Press

2007 Became certified to teach Nia earned a White Belt in Hendersonville from Denise Medved 2007 and in 2010 earned a Blue Belt in Milwaukee from Carlos Aya Rosas, co creator of Nia; non impact aerobics, neuromuscular integrated action, combining the wisdom of 9 mind body practices in the healing, martial and dance arts.

2006 Co authored 'Building Storage With Style' how to furniture design with Clarke Snell, published by Lark Books

2005 Contributed to design and building of small demonstration structure for 'Building Green' a natural building how-to-book written by Clarke Snell, published by Lark Books

2001 Created original vintage style pattern copy of an original vintage dress for publication by Folkwear Patterns, Style Name: 1930's Day Dress.

1998 Contribute Watercolor illustrations to 3 of 4 book series 'The Weekend Sewers Guides' by Kate Mathews, published by Lark Books

1998 – present Co ceator/owner at WACA; Wise Acres Community Association, a collaboratively created infrastructure for seven households to live on private lots while co owning and stewarding all contiguous property surrounding and connecting approximately 100 acres in Madison County.

1988-90 Directed original works for various local Baltimore artists, taught voice and movement classes, and workshops for immediate theater experiences.

1989-90 Created original work, one woman portable show 'Never Good Enough' performed at 14 Karat Cabaret (MAP) , Artscape Baltimore MD @ Station building stage and Cleveland Public Theater Performance Festival.

1986-89 Co created Impossible Industrial Action theater company, merging the artists, actors, directors writers and designers of three pre-existing Baltimore theater companies; Impossible Theater, Action Theater, and Industrial Strength Theater, producing unique mixed media live theater with performances of contemporary and original plays at Goucher College, The Baltimore Museum of Art and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

1988 Performed in a Baltimore production of a Milan Kundera play as part of the International Theater Festival hosted that year throughout Baltimore MD theater and performance spaces.

1984 Selected as one of top 10 designers of D.C. for opening night fashion show in honor of an Anni Albers retrospective at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian D.C. Show reviewed by Nina Hyde of the Washington Post

1984 Featured cover story of People Section of Baltimore Sun

1984 Lisa Mandle Designs selected and featured at The Jackie Chalkley Gallery, Wash D.C.

1977 Internship with Round House Theater (then Street 70) in Silver Spring MD