Lisa Klakulak’s creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother’s arts, good public-school art programs in the suburbs of Detroit, and classes at the local art association. With these foundational experiences as well as self-directed exploration in fabric dyeing, sewing, and off-loom bead weaving, Klakulak began her BFA studies in 1993 at the University of Colorado. During her college years, she exhibited sculptural beaded jewelry at local art cooperatives and independently pursued the study of natural dyes, graduating in 1997 from Colorado State with a BFA in Fiber Arts. Klakulak relocated to Taos, NM to work as the chief natural dyer for a fiber supplier and began selling her work at Fine Art and Craft Shows.


International travels over the millenium intensified Klakulak’s textile focus, motivating her move to the southeast to study at Penland School of Craft and to accept an Artist-in-Residence position at The Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, TN. While at ACC from 2002-2005, Klakulak extensively explored the medium of felt, educated children in middle Tennessee public schools through ACC’s Outreach Programs, began instructing adult workshops and acquired a K-12 Visual Arts certification. Klakulak, now residing in Asheville, NC, creates wearable textiles, accessories and non-functional sculpture as well as instructs workshops worldwide. She pursues opportunities to work with children to integrate fiber art into the visual art curriculum and to raise cultural awareness and appreciation by way of her international travels.