Lisa graduated from the University of Texas and St Edwards University, then the prestigious Parson School of Design in Paris France, and Siena Italy. After her time in Europe, she continued her art education at the Art Institute Of Houston. Lisa then moved back to Miami to work for the fashion icon, Gianni Versace where she met her husband to be, Donald J Pliner in 1997. She became his muse, collaborating on many shoes designs over the next 25 years. Lisa cofounded Peace For The Children Foundation, which has provided charitable grants supporting nonprofit organizations for the past decades. Lisa believes that, “if a child could have only one day to play like any one else. Children can learn to communicate and play together, no matter their religion, race, it can then bring peace”
TRUE AMERICAN VISIONARY, DRIVEN BY LOVE
“The skull today no longer a symbol of death or evil, but a symbol living your life to the fullest.” LISA PLINER
"The real start for my skulls are just styrofoam forms. So before I can even start I have to prepare them.
I have to give them paper -mâché base. I also have to give them weigh so a make a cement and pour it into them some skulls are hollow which makes it so much easier. Others I have to carved out and in the teddy bears just to pour the cement in. Which drys I in a few days .
I then re paper -mâché. In some beautiful colors which I love working with rice papers , they’re textured and designs. Now it’s my vision or talent comes into play.
I always start with the eyes so then my pieces can talk to me. I usually use gemstones for the eyes or something unique. I use ideas from pictures and research. Now with my pieces I use a tweezers and a glue gun, strong glue, from the factories back in the day I have glue for heavier pieces on shoes I use."
BIJOU - ELEGANT, DELICATE and HIGHLY-PRIZED
Lisa’s newest projects are her Skulls called Incognito18. Each one of them has their own story. Lisa takes a foam shape of a skull, adds cement for weight, Paper Mache’s it in her beautiful designed rice paper chosen, then adds embellishments of jewels, beads, rhinestones, crystals, etc. She also uses unique, one of a kind designs of DJP & LFP which were used to created shoe uppers that never made it to production.
“The skull today no longer a symbol of death or evil, but a symbol living your life to the fullest.”
Recently added to her collections are the same concept as her skulls but embellishments making them personal to their clients are her new 9” Teddy Bears.
Bijou means “A small dainty ornamental piece of delicate workmanship jeweled. Something delicate, elegant, or highly prized.” LISA PLINER
THE LISA PLINER Signature
"In my pieces I will have a green stone somewhere as my signature as well, I have green eyes so a piece of me is a part of my work. "
Lisa Faith Pliner is a loving wife and mother, successful shoe designer, accomplished philanthropist, children’s book author, “A Puppy’s Dream Comes True” podcast show “Over 40 Loving Every Minute of It”. I, Lisa currently resides in Rancho Mirage, California with her husband Donald J Pliner, her two Maltese, Moonlite and Sunset.
“Incognito having one’s identity concealed, as under an assumed name”