Thursday, 6 December 2012

Buttoned Painting

Buttoned Painting with The Lavender Hinge.

Eleven (Buttoned Painting), 2012Linen, linen covered buttons, cotton and thread, over wood support, 42 x 36 inches 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

In the studio "Blue Dress (Blue Dress)"

In the studio "Blue Dress (Blue Dress)" by The Lavender Hinge. "Blue Dress" is wearable. "Dress (for Matisse)" is not.

"Dress (for Matisse)", 2012. Acrylic and cotton appliqué on linen over wood supports
62 x 30 inches. "Blue Dress", 2012, cotton over cardboard on wood support

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Dress (with Button Hole)

Pink Investigations with and in The Lavender Hinge:

Dress (with Button Hole), 2012. Duchesse Satin, tulle and cotton thread 50 x 24 ins

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Pink Velvet

The Pink Velvet Madame Grès Dress from Galliera.

Silk velvet evening gown by Madame Grès, A/W 1956

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pants (Labour of Love)

Pants (Labour of Love) or also titled Pants on Fire. Red + White with and in The Lavender Hinge.

Pants (Labour of Love), 2012. Acrylic and scarlet work on linen over wood supports, 62 x 30 ins

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

What Must Be Done (Swan's Tale)

A film by Eric Magnuson and Lisa Z. Morgan alias The Lavender Hinge a.k.a. The Whore's Omelette a.k.a. Swan & Horse Productions a.k.a Pink & eam. Knickers by STRUMPET & PINK. Soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Our Lavender Rose

The enfleruage is developing slowly. It is a process that cannot be hurried. The Lavender continues to rest in the butter bed. The Roses are about to begin their second bloom.

'Our Lavender Rose' by The Lavender Hinge

Thursday, 16 August 2012


“if tasting is an accompaniment of eating, smelling is an accompaniment of breathing” 
James J. Gibson. The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems 
I am working on the beautifully time absorbing process of enfleurage with The Lavender Hinge. We are creating the perfume "Our Lavender Rose". Petals and blooms are laid down into the shea butter bed and left there, encased, to impregnate their scent. They are then carefully removed; defleruage. Fresh blooms are replaced on the butter bed; enfleurage. Then carefully removed; defleurage.
Over and over
And over again.
Until the butter bed is fragrant with the depth of the bloom/s.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Lipstick Belt

A film by Eric Magnuson and Lisa Z. Morgan alias The Lavender Hinge a.k.a. The Whore's Omelette a.k.a. Swan & Horse Productions a.k.a Pink & eam. Lipstick Belt by Lisa Z. Morgan. Soundtrack by Jesse Mae Hemphill

Monday, 23 July 2012

Pink on the Inside

A film by Eric Magnuson and Lisa Z. Morgan alias The Lavender Hinge a.k.a. The Whore's Omelette a.k.a. Swan & Horse Productions a.k.a Pink & eam. Knickers by STRUMPET & PINK. Soundtrack by P J Harvey

Thursday, 19 July 2012

A Pink Time Machine

 "1pm - Childing Pink closes"

Line of Pink by Lisa Z. Morgan, 2001. Glass beads. Private Collection.

The Pink Investigator found herself once more in the ThemePark although this time with A Pink Time Machine.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Tender Buttons

Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes rapid same question, out of an eye comes research, out of selection comes painful cattle. So then the order is that a white way of being round is something suggesting a pin and is it disappointing, it is not, it is so rudimentary to be analysed and see a fine substance strangely, it is so earnest to have a green point not to red but to point again.
 ‘A Box’ by Gerturde Stein, Tender Buttons

"Mimi Gone High and Fluffy" by STRUMPET & PINK

Monday, 2 July 2012

In the Theme Park: Disruptive Properties of Pink

“What we know on a rational cerebral level is not what we know on an emotional, corporeal level”  
Tamsin Lorraine. Experiments in Visceral Philosophy

‘…In the ThemePark... is an experimental series of real-world talks. Loosely curated, freewheeling conversations sparked by speaker specific postcards, In the ThemePark... is ideology free. It is not primarily about making money. It is not a manifesto. Held in small, intimate settings, five speakers are selected on the basis of their ability to provoke and inspire; members of the audience are hand-picked for their unwillingness to accept anything at face value; and the ensuing crowd-conversation is designed to create a springboard for further themes…’

On 20th June ThemePark ran the first of its real-world talks. Five speakers were invited to talk or comment on the above image or on any other topic for that matter. The Pink Investigator was one of the five speakers and a taste of the evening's thoughts can be experienced in the ThemePark.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

When My Love Comes Down (for Willow)

A film by Eric Magnuson and Lisa Z. Morgan alias The Lavender Hinge a.k.a. The Whore's Omelette a.k.a. Swan & Horse Productions a.k.a Pink & eam. Knickers by STRUMPET & PINK. Soundtrack by Grinderman

Wednesday, 30 May 2012


“I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not”
Lady Windermere’s Fan. Act IV. Oscar Wilde

LZM by Eric Magnuson

Friday, 25 May 2012

My Garden

Red. Pink amongst white. Pink amidst white. Pink. More pink. And the colour and the meeting of colours is redolent with scent.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Love Dance (for Willow)

A film by Eric Magnuson and Lisa Z. Morgan alias The Lavender Hinge a.k.a. The Whore's Omelette a.k.a. Swan & Horse Productions a.k.a Pink & eam. Knickers by STRUMPET & PINK. Soundtrack by Minutemen

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Make Me (Pink and Black)

“Marriage is for cooling off the pink madness”  
James Hillman

Make Me (Pink and Black) by Christopher Wool, 2004. 104" x 78". Enamel and silk screen ink on linen.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Design Behind Desire

I was invited to author and curate a book about desire. This culminated in Design Behind Desire which was creatively developed with Susanne Schaal and published by Faramhmedia, New York, in December 2011. My favourite postings, to date, can be seen here at Purple Diary, Interview Magazine and from the wonderful Betony Vernon.

One of the most pleasurable aspects in the process of creating Design Behind Desire was the realization of The Cabinet of Desire. A small and unexpected volume; a book contained within the book whereby invited artists have written and contributed stand alone text pieces on the subject of desire; poems, essays, fiction, visual writings, experiences. The Cabinet is immersive, the paper is of a different quality and texture. It demonstrates the fluidity of desire and induces one's own mind imagery.

Cabinet of Desire

Lovers of Roissy by Emmanuelle Waeckerle

Friday, 11 May 2012

25 White Camellias + 5 Red Camellias

“For twenty-five days in every month the camellias were white, and for five they were red. No one ever knew the reason for this variation in colour which I mentioned but cannot explain, and which those who frequented the theatres where she was seen most often, and her friends too, had noticed as I had.
Marguerite had never been seen with any flowers but camellias.”

  La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas  

Thursday, 10 May 2012

"Rosette Cheeks (exploded and capped)" at the V&A

“If I eat a pink cake, the taste of it is pink; the light sugary perfume, the oiliness of the butter cream are the pink. Thus I eat the pink as I see the sugary.”
  J.P. Sartre

STRUMPET & PINK's "Rosette Cheeks (exploded and capped)" is now part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 'She' is now currently touring with the exhibition Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion.

Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pink-ness No.6 - a perfume

Pink-ness No.6 by Lisa Z. Morgan, 2001. 14cm x 4cm x 4cm.
Perfume, laboratory glass, handmade box lined with hand dyed 100% pure silk.
Edition of 100

“Pink-Ness No.6”. Edition of 100.  The intention behind communicating pink-ness in a non-visual manner liberated this rosy hue from its more manufactured and debased, exterior, associations, such as Barbie, candy floss and bubble gum. I sensed that an odour could make manifest my feeling of the pink as it has the ability to capture emotion and access the vernacular of bodily or instinctive understanding. Smells pass into and out of our bodies, tracing our internal landscape with their tides.
Spatially, within the scent itself, I wanted there to be tiers of permeating aromatics, so that the scent moved and developed as one engaged with it, shifting with time and temperature. The first intake of breath should have an emergent powdery waft, doused with a heady odour of rose. This more literal association towards pink was a means to disarm, to dilute resistance to the approaching intimate experience. The scent awakens with the temperature of the body and it slowly ascends to a deep and visceral fecund pink. The sexual smell of bodies merging and being sensorially open. One could converge with its fragrance as much in the groin as in the solar plexus. At this point, one no longer thinks of pink ‘things’, rather one comes to know the pink via direct internal experience.

Pink-ness No.6 is currently part of the exhibition Selling Sex at SHOWstudio, London which runs until 1st June.

Introducing The Pink Investigator

"The Pink Panther imitates nothing, it reproduces nothing, it paints the world its color, pink on pink; this is its becoming-world, carried out in such a way that it becomes imperceptible itself, asignifying, makes its rupture, its own line of flight, follows its aparellel evolution through to the end."

I may not be the Pink Panther but I am The Pink Investigator. Perhaps this transgresses the boundary of seriousness, for it appears to threaten the very confines of objectivity seemingly necessary for the act of investigation. Yet, the colour pink* will be both the impetus and continuum, the conceptual whole, as explored through visual documentation, musings, ideas and output which engender inquiry and make flourish the investigative journey.
*pink-ness as an expression and/or embodiment of the sensuous




About Me

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.