Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (rescheduled from January)
Growing up in Scotland, Lorna was surrounded by fabric, buttons and colourful knitting yarn in her granny’s drapery shop. It was no surprise that this influenced her creative path to the Glasgow School of Art in 1982, where she graduated with both honours and postgraduate degrees in Embroidered and Woven Textiles. She carved out her career running her small business designing and making silk, machine-stitched, soft furnishings. Lorna sold and showed her many creations and collections in prestigious shops and museums both in the UK and North America.
With her geologist husband, Lorna left the UK to live and work around the world. While contractually unable to work, and with two young children, Lorna filled her spare time with volunteer work. Back at home in Scotland she wrote her book ‘Silk Unraveled’, which was published in 2008. This is a project-based book and creative guide to some of the techniques she loves to use.
Lorna will talk about her quest to establish a foothold in Vancouver’s rich craft scene and evolution of her work since she arrived in BC in 2012. She will show examples of bags pillows and blankets made from leather, velvet, wool and cottons and talk about the variety of techniques she uses to manipulate the surfaces to create her unique designs. Lorna will also include inspirational images from the people she met on her travels to the beauty of the landscape that surrounds us. She will have lots of touchy feels samples and finished pieces for you to look at and discuss.
“My Quilting Journey” spans South Africa and North America. Lorna will bring the quilts she has in her home, hanging on the walls, those in the ‘rotating’ wall pile, and bed quilts which she uses and spares she gives as gifts and telling stories about some of them.