Custom cowboy boot artist Lisa Sorrell was raised in southwest Missouri and by age 15 was making dresses for the ladies at church, moving on to prom and wedding gowns as her skills improved. After relocating to Guthrie, OK with her husband in 1990, she found she missed her sewing business and answered an ad for someone to “stitch boot tops,” finding her first mentor, legendary bootmaker Jay Griffith. Never having worn cowboy boots, Lisa found the form a perfect fit for her construction skills and love of design. She served as an apprentice to another bootmaker before opening her own business in Guthrie in 1996, and remains committed to the tradition of fit and function while pursuing her passion for the motifs and colors that characterize a custom cowboy boot.
“The interaction of man and nature is a consistent story in my work,” states Lisa, who regularly incorporates butterflies, flowers and leaves in her designs. “My work encourages the viewer to consider both man’s obsession with the perfection of nature and his subconscious desire to contain it.” Between boot commissions, she uses her expert leatherworking skills to create supple, decorated bracelets with a Western feel.
Lisa’s work has been featured in publications as diverse as Cowboys and Indians and Ornament magazines. She has been invited to participate in exhibitions across the country, and won a gold medal for her work during International Shoemaker’s Days in Wiesbaden, Germany.