Wearable & Usable Art: Photography & Fabric Design

Toronto, Ontario | 534 Sales


Wearable & Usable Art: Photography & Fabric Design

Toronto, Ontario 534 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (125)
Lisa Orchard

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Lisa Orchard

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Announcement    Usable and Wearable Art: Fabric designed from my Photography, Art, Dyeing & Painting.

I am off on my annual fabric buying and photography trip till the spring. If you want any custom sizing or fabrics done, send me a message! All ready to ship items will continue to be mailed out, or available for pick up in the Toronto, but custom options will have to wait.

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·  Facebook | @CheekyMonkeyByLiSa
·  Instagram | @CheekyMonkeyByL
·  Twitter for CMBLS | @CheekyMonkeyByL
·  Twitter for TRAVEL | @LisaOnTheRoad

Travel with me on my explorations of this wonderful world!
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Last updated on 24 Feb, 2019

Usable and Wearable Art: Fabric designed from my Photography, Art, Dyeing & Painting.

I am off on my annual fabric buying and photography trip till the spring. If you want any custom sizing or fabrics done, send me a message! All ready to ship items will continue to be mailed out, or available for pick up in the Toronto, but custom options will have to wait.

Sign up to my e-mail list for updates and to receive advance notice of sales and exclusive offers at the following link. And receive a 1-time welcome discount coupon.
Simply copy and paste the following address to go to my sign up page.

FOLLOW ME on your favourite social media platform.
·  Facebook | @CheekyMonkeyByLiSa
·  Instagram | @CheekyMonkeyByL
·  Twitter for CMBLS | @CheekyMonkeyByL
·  Twitter for TRAVEL | @LisaOnTheRoad

Travel with me on my explorations of this wonderful world!
India Travel Blog:
Other Travel Blog:


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Getting ready to list my final habotai silk scarf pieces for the season. Buying trip next Feb/March - can't wait to see what new fabrics are waiting for me!
Let me know if you are looking for a particular pattern or colour combo and I'll keep an eye out!
The gorgeous Sandra wearing City Blues in our Cheeky Top, lagenlook dress/top at a TIFF16 gala event. Looks so wonderful and happy slightly_smiling_face
Fun weekend trying new dye and painting techniques on cashmere pashminas-Cat supervisor Skye approves :-)
The new pieces will debut @ArtInTheParkWindsor Jun 4/5 & then make their way to Etsy listings. If interested before I get them posted, message me!
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A creatively chaotic partnership by long-time best-friends.

A creatively chaotic partnership by long-time best-friends. We began CMbLS at a time when both of us had left the corporate world. Sandra has since returned to that work, but continues to create beautiful 1-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, as well as providing her own unique artwork on our Doodled Denim line and running the shop when I put on my travelling hat.

Along with hand-painting, dyeing, drawing and stitching fabric creations, I work with photography to create my PhotoFabs. Designed from my photos taken at home or in my frequent travels; sometimes my fabrics will be clearly recognisable to my original image, at other times I have fun in Photoshop and it takes me in a different direction, most often a colourful one! My final fabric design is then digitally printed on fabrics I love!

My PhotoFabs are part of an ongoing fabric creation obsession and focus to create Wearable Art.

We run the business from our homes, the cottage, as well as on our travels. I spend a considerable amount of time over the last few years in India, a country that continues to fascinate and inspire both of us and now design custom trips to this fabulous country, both escorted and non-escorted.

We are committed to responsible citizenship, in particular to the areas that inspire us and our creations. Each and every piece we create and sell also gives back.

5% of profits from our sales are collected for our Jhurjhura Fund. At the
end of the year the money raised is donated to grass-roots efforts surrounding children, forests, wildlife and tiger conservation in India. In 2016 we donated to the wonderful Sunshine Project Organization in Delhi that works to ensure education for street children of the area.

Keep on Creating!

Shop members

  • Lisa Orchard: Chief Cheeky Monkey

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Book-keeper, Dispatcher, Wrapper, Buyer...

    An avid crafter, traveller and photographer, I was looking to create something that involved all my passions. My focus has evolved to creating fashion and accessories from my photography, but I can't stay away from making jewellery or Doodling Denim.

  • Sandra Schlehuber

    Maker, Designer

    My focus is creating beautiful one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces as well as Doodled on Denim for CMBLS. Though, I'm interested in anything creative, including sewing, knitting and drawing. An office worker by day, I live to create whenever I can!

Production partners

  • Digital printing service

    Montreal, QC

    Made in Canada print shop paying ethical and liveable wages!

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Last updated on 24 February, 2019
Hi! My name is Lisa and I am the owner, photographer, designer, seamstress, artist, graphic designer, shopper, traveller, and Chief Cheeky Monkey for this Shop!

With a Passion for Life, Adventure, People, Wildlife and Beauty in All Its Forms, I am happiest creating wearable and useable art. Welcome to Cheeky Monkey by LiSa and enjoy your browsing!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within:  12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Your satisfaction is my #1 PRIORITY!

If you are not satisfied with your order, please send us a Convo as soon as possible! We will do our best to make you a happy customer, including refunds for non-custom items, provided you contact us within 14 days of delivery and the item has not been used, worn or damaged.

Items must be shipped back within 14 days of contacting us, complete with all enclosed materials and items. If all enclosed items are not included, a Cdn$5.00 handling fee will apply against the refund. Qualifying refunds will be made upon receipt of the returned item.

Return shipping costs are paid by the buyer.

We're sorry, but CUSTOM ORDERS are final and can not be refunded. We will stay in touch with you throughout the custom order process to ensure satisfaction.

Original shipping costs outside North America, and for any expedited or rush shipping costs requested by the buyer are paid by the buyer.

Original regular shipping costs will be refunded, if shipped within North America.

We can not take responsibility for lost/damaged packages that are shipped back to us. We recommend you provide us with the return tracking number to facilitate this.


Full refunds and order cancellation for non-custom orders can be issued, if you contact me WITHIN 12 HOURS of placing the order.

After 12 hours, but BEFORE you receive a shipping notification, refunds will be issued, minus a $5 handling fee - applies to non-custom orders only.
I accept all Major Credit Cards and PayPal.

Note: You can checkout with PayPal without having a PayPal account. To do so:
1) During checkout, select the PayPal option and select [checkout with PayPal]
2) Instead of choosing to pay with your PayPal account, select the option to pay with a debit or credit card.
3) You will then be prompted to fill in your billing, credit card information and email for your receipt.
4) Click Continue to return to Etsy Checkout to review and submit your final order.

Your payment isn't sent until you click Submit Order on Etsy.

My annual photography and fabric buying trip to India is here! Shipping of ready to ship items will not be affected. All custom options will be on hold during this time. If you have any specific requests for pashminas and shawls (size, fabric type or base color - white pashminas are hard to find, but I can often get complimentary light colors to dye later for you if specific colors are looked for), or special orders of my digital print designs, let me know by April 7, 2019.

All shipping rates charged are those of USPS and Canada Post. If you need a RUSH order, please contact us and we can quote you an expedited shipping cost.

ALL SHIPPING DELIVERY TIMES are those of the postal services and are guidelines only. Some delays (although rare) may occur and are beyond our control. If you need a short guaranteed delivery, please contact us.

Standard Shipping with tracking: All parcels will be shipped via Canada Post Expedited 4-7 days.

Standard Shipping: All parcels will be shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail or Canada Post, with tracking: 3-5 business days, barring any Country Customs delays.

Standard Shipping: All packages will be shipped via Canada Post Small Package Airmail or ChitChats Express: normally 7-10 business days for delivery, barring any Country Customs delays, which can take up to 21 business days.

PLEASE NOTE: Recipients of orders shipped internationally (outside Canada) will be responsible for any taxes, duties or other customs fees that may be required at delivery.

Although we usually ship before the specified date on your individual order, international shipping can be delayed in your respective country's customs offices and is beyond our control.


**RUSH ORDERS are usually possible. Please send me a message on Etsy BEFORE you make your purchase. I will do everything possible to help meet your deadline. Upgrade shipping fees may apply.

If it is too late to guarantee receiving your parcel, I am happy to e-mail you a printable Gift Card to wrap up for the day.

**If you need to CHANGE THE SHIPPING ADDRESS from the one you provided at checkout, send me an Etsy Convo or email to update me of the new shipping address, at lisa [!at] - within 24 hours from placing your order.

HOWEVER, if your package has been already shipped and you need to change the address, unfortunately once it has been received by the postal service I am unable to retrieve it. Please contact me to see if we can resolve this issue.

**Orders from the Greater TORONTO Area (Ontario, Canada) are available for free pick up in the Yonge and Bloor area. Use the discount code FREEPICKUPTORONTO at check out to have your shipping removed. After your purchase, we'll send you an email with the exact pick up location when your item is ready. If you've already purchased the item with shipping, send me a message within 24 hours of your order to make arrangements and I will refund the shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Regular Business hours:
Monday - Friday ~ 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

A Cheeky Monkey will answer your conversation within 24 hours, during regular business hours/days. Delays may occur if we are on the road, but we will place an alert in this section letting you know if that is the case.


1) After your purchase is completed, we will begin the design process.

2) I will work with you on any revisions until you are happy with your final design.

3) IT IS IMPORTANT that you please read/review your proofs very carefully! Once you approve the final proof, we can not be responsible for errors, typos, changes, etc. after this point.

4) Once a proof is approved:
*** Digital Printed Fabrics will take 2-3 weeks to print and sew. Rush orders are often possible, but additional fees may apply. Please ensure you let me know of any deadlines you are trying to meet.
*** Hand-painted Pashminas. The delicate fibres of the cashmere pashmina make the abstract art painted on them extremely variable. The final piece will be in line with the overall feel of the design chosen, and with the colours chosen, however, it will never look exactly like other pieces and makes your piece truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.

5) I try my best to represent the COLOURS as accurately as possible, and regularly calibrate my screen to reflect this, however, all computer monitors show colours slightly differently and the final printed product may vary slightly from what you see on your screen. If you have any questions or concerns about colours, please let me know.


Q: I want to send this as a gift, do you do anything different for gifts?
A: Absolutely! I can ship to a different address and include a gift card, with your message on it. My packaging is carefully wrapped, but birthday or holiday wrapping paper is also possible. Just let me know in the note section of your order and/or send me a Convo within 24 hours of your purchase.

Q: Can you digitally print an image on the Cashmere Pashminas?
A: No. Unfortunately the delicate and soft fibres of the cashmere pashmina make it unable to take the printing process. If you have a personal image you wanted to have on the Pashmina, why not print it on a Pashmina Pocket to give with the luxurious pashmina? An amazing personalized gift!

Q: What is your digital printing process?
A: My PhotoFabs are designed from my own photographs, or artwork. Once I'm happy with the fabric design, which I create in Photoshop, I set them up into the various patterns I will be sewing from, often with cut and sew lines factored in. This allows me to be a Zero Waste shop, as over 90% of my fabrics are used. The dyes used are bio-degradable and printing process is environmentally responsible.

Q: Are you a smoke-free/pet-free shop?
A: We are completely smoke free but are happily supervised by our pets! All efforts will be made to avoid pet hair on your product, but if you should notice any, consider it a bonus :-)

Q: Are you environmentally responsible?
A: Environmental and ethical concerns are first for me. As a nature lover I see first hand the issues facing our natural world. My dyes are environmentally safe, even for septic systems! Virtually all the acid dyes are exhausted into the fabrics. I am a Zero Waste shop. I design my pieces to use virtually all of the fabrics I print. The small pieces that remain are shared with wool/silk felting artists, or used as stuffings for other items I make. My leggings are made in a Montreal shop. When the fabrics are printed, they are done so with other orders to maximise the energy and fabric use. I aim to use recycled material in my packaging, which is also in turn recyclable.

Q: Are your fabrics treated with anything?
A: No. We do not add any additional chemicals to our fabrics. They have not been treated with fire retardant chemicals and are for this reason not suitable for use in children's clothing or bedding.


I use only the very best quality materials. Fabrics and images I enjoy myself and that make me feel fantastic wearing and using. I am very picky when sourcing my base fabric, whether it's the 60gm weight silk crepe, 100% Indian cashmere pashminas, or recycled eco-canvas bags. Each are chosen for a specific feel and function.

Art is not just for the walls, why not wear and use it. Wearing my Moments adds an extra special feeling - Clothing with a Story!

I am meticulous and a perfectionist when it comes to my pieces. It's why I don't machine sew the necklines of my ultra-fine silk butterfly tops. It may be faster, but I want the extra suppleness and drape a hand-rolled hem provides.

I want you to enjoy wearing and using my pieces as much as I do! If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please contact me and we will work together to make it right.
Cheeky Monkey by LiSa takes your privacy seriously. We will never sell your information, nor share your information outside of services you have explicitly contracted with us to do. A detailed outline of our Privacy Policy follows.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices on its privacy page, or at the following link:

1. Information We Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (that you authorize Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for example, a custom order).

Unless you contact me directly, through my company email address or our VIP Club Newsletter, I will never keep a record of your email or personal information outside of the Etsy platform.

If you chose to sign up for our newsletter, through our MailChimp marketing email list at we will never store your information in any other way.

2. How We Use Your Information

* Information stored on Etsy is used as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;

* When you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list or requesting specific future notifications, for example when new stock has arrived that your are interested in; and,

* If necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as: 1) Using your information to provide the services you requested; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

3. Third Parties With Whom We Share Personal Information

We will never share your information outside of providing the service(s) you request.

* I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.

* Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies like USPS or Canada Post. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.

* Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.

* Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

4. The length of Time We Keep Personal Information

We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with our tax, legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. Such information is kept 7 years.

5. I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

* Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
* Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
* Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless it is needed for legal reasons.
* Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

7. Contact Information

Cheeky Monkey by LiSa is the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at info [!at]

If you wish to access, correct or delete personal information held by Etsy, you may contact Etsy at for assistance, or by using other contact methods that can be found here: