Lisa World is originally from Toronto, and moved to Victoria in 2002. In one of her previous careers she worked in theater, primarily in costumes and occasionally in props. Her theater training and work taught her the art of improvising and exposed her to a range of different materials, processes and practices. She worked variously as a seamstress, a buyer, a coordinator and a designer.
The story of Side Street Studio is more than the history
of a business. It is the physical expression of a belief
that real art should be accessible to everyone. It is
also the evolution of a business model supported by
principles of community-building economics.