Duojár and Designer
Lise Tapio Pittja was born in 1965 and grew up in Gárasavvon (Karesuando) in an artistic family, which have often work and exhibit their art and crafts together. Today she resides in Jåhkåmåhkke (Jokkmokk) after previously having lived in the reindeer herding area of Unna Tjerusj. She is central in a large reindeer herding family and originally produced duodji for the needs of it. Nowadays in addition of having her own business and designing Sami Fashion, she also is a teacher and pedogogy and has a higher education degree.
Lise Tapio Pittja began studying at Sámij Åhpadusguovdásj (Sami education center) leather and textile -duodji education already as a 16-year-old. She then went on to study fur and ready-to-wear clothing from 1998 to 2000. Thereafter she started her company "Ateljé Gáisi" where in addition to traditional clothes, she produced custom-made clothes from exclusive materials such as reindeer, reindeer calf, fox and seal skin. As a member of the design collective "Davvebiegga", her garments were presented on catwalks. Another part of her trade has been giving courses and teaching the craft of making traditional Sámi costumes in Sápmiland and in big cities. Since 2000 she has helped almost 1500 persons to sew their own "gakti" and thus been an important figure for the people strengthening their Sami identity.
Lise Tapio Pittja finds great inspiration in nature and the Sami mythology as well as the traditional materials, patterns, ornaments and colors. The garments reflect these interests and are a combination of tradition, innovation and individuality.