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Lubbesmeyer Twins Chart A New Path


Lisa and Lori's studio in the Old Mill District is packed with fabric, thread, sewing supplies, art books, and now paint and canvasses, too.

Lisa and Lori's studio in the Old Mill District is packed with fabric, thread, sewing supplies, art books, and now paint and canvasses, too.

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Every once in a while, it happens.We go out, meet people, interview them. Then we discover there’s a bit more to their story.

Last week, we talked to Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer about their successful practice as fabric artists, and the new commissioned work they’ve completed for this year’s Deschutes Brewery Jubelale label.

Courtesy of Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer

But we could tell there was a bit more to the story. The sisters started painting together a couple of years ago.

Lori shows us the results of the twins' first experiment in painting together. Without any mutual discussion of subjects, they still ended up attracted to exactly the same subject.

Lori shows us the results of the twins' first experiment in painting together. Without any mutual discussion of subjects, they still ended up attracted to exactly the same subject.

April Baer/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Why would two successful fabric artists at the peak of their creative partnership switch gears like that?

It turns out, the answer has to do with a mystery illness that set the Lubbesmeyers on a remarkable path to reinvention. Take a listen.

courtesy of Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer

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