Who is: Tom Lieber is a life long abstract painter who resides on Kauai. His quest is to futher develop abstraction, honoring the history of painting, his intuition, and his surroundings.
Since moving to the islands in 1999, the ocean and the green growth have informed his mark making art in positive ways.
His work is collected around the globe and he is in numerous Museum collections including the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC, MOMA - L.A, San Francisco Museum of Art, the High Museum, the Tate in London, and the Honolulu Museum of Art among a few.
Jennifer & Tom's collaboration is one of a kind, Lieber/Todice handbags. The abstraction of these pieces honor the history of painting, and the cultural history of Furoshiki. Both artists Zen philosophies create a wabi-sabi functional handbag in the Tikishiki line.
Using his new understanding of Furoshiki, origami and the beauty of geometry Tom was moved to paint these works of art. The underlying 'V' is typical of a Lieber piece. And the color pallets are warm and blanketing to cool and cutting.
Each handbag is created by the designer Jennifer & Tom in a fashion that dances between each of there expertise. Leaving a finished product that only friends who truly understand each other can create.
Tom met Jennifer on a visit to Oahu with the now defunct Meow Meow Girls. "I liked the concept for her Tikishiki Bags and thought that it would be exciting to paint some fabric for her to see how it would work. I am very pleased and realized that in doing this we may be able to access a broader audience for her designs and for my art". -T Lieber
Since the bags are folded and can also be hung as a rectangular flat art piece, they have a dual purpose that encompases both of their disciplines. "Also, it has occurred to us during our process together that in native cultures art adorned bags, shoes, blankets, baskets, vessels of all sorts were inherently "ART"...... Maybe we can introduce this idea into modern Western culture, bring people back to their roots. So it all makes sense" -T Lieber