Earthen Studio Tour & Exclusive Interview with Lisa Garcia

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Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Lisa Garcia moved to Nashville four years ago with her fiancé and decided to do something different. After working for some architectural firms Lisa wanted to create art for the artist and for those who gain inspiration to be an artist; thus the start of Sonadora. a collection of handmade home goods and furniture focusing on clean lines and simple geometry.

We had the privilege of chatting with Lisa and touring Earthen Studio, the space that is now home to Sonadora and a few other incredible artisans in Nashville. Here is a bit of how our conversation went-

How long did you know you wanted to be a designer? 

My whole life, honestly. I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted to do architecture and design. I studied design in school and have a background in interior design and eventually wanted go to school for architectural design.

Earthen Studio was birthed through Lisa Garcia and Rebekka Seale (of Camellia Fiber Co.) meeting through a mutual friend. The creative pair quickly found they were kindred spirits and dreamt of creating a space that was multi-functional; something that could be an event space, a shop, and a workspace all in one.

Rebekkas' high standard for the quality of her fibers and products has influenced and inspired Lisa in many ways. She educated Lisa on the importance of sustainable and natural fibers and now, running an ethical and clean company is apart of their ethos. Having a shared space with like-minded creatives has definitely inspired their work.

They began finding like-minded artists to join in on bringing the vision of Earthen to life. The women of Golden Apothecary, Julie & Rachel, seemed to be a perfect vibe and fit for the space. 

How do you see Sonadora evolving?

I would love to eventually be able to go back to my roots and design entire sets for music videos or plays; I just want to be designing spaces again. I try my best to do my my thing and not compare myself to others. I create based on what I love and I think that the future is fluid and will always be changing and evolving.


You can find Earthen Studio in the Buchanan Arts District in Nashville, TN. 

1807 9th Avenue North

Thank you so much to Lisa and the ladies of Earthen for opening your studio to us! 



Interview by Mikeala Clark

Photos by Lauren Newman

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