Threads of Sustainability

Episode 12: Textile Artist is Inspired by Meditation and Animal Communication

September 30, 2022 Lorraine Turner Season 1 Episode 12
Threads of Sustainability
Episode 12: Textile Artist is Inspired by Meditation and Animal Communication
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Show Notes

Lorraine Turner works diligently to advocate for endangered animals. It started with a meditation session where she had a vision of Calico Horses. That launched her on a journey of learning to communicate with animals, creating textiles and building a community that is inspiring. Her advocacy work helps several different animal organizations globally.

We dive into a conversation about the why behind her work, the legacy of textiles she has recently discovered in her lineage, techniques, and how she shares her knowledge as well as the many projects she has on the go. We have a shared technique in using thread painting  and we talk about our experiences as professional artists, Lorraine even takes an opportunity to ask me about my journey!

Lorraine burst into the world of textile art in 2018 with a 26-piece special exhibit at IQF in Houston, just two years after creating her very first art quilt! Since then, she has become a Benartex fabric designer, BERNINA Ambassador, Aurifil Designer, Aurifilisopher, been featured in major quilting magazines, and seen on Quilting Arts TV and the Quilt Show with Ricky Tims. She is also a professional animal communicator and uses this as inspiration for her work.

A commercial artist for forty years, Lorraine won two Emmy Awards as a lead designer for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and is the recipient of multiple awards at the San Diego International Comic-Con in her role as Art Director of the Library of American Comics.

She combines her varied experience as a watercolorist, commercial artist, and television animator with her love for all things fabric to create exciting multi-textured fabric designs.

Lorraine also teaches and lectures internationally, and is an author and motivational speaker who strongly believes in moving thought into action.

She has yet to meet a fabric embellishment she doesn’t like!

Lorraine works from her studio in Clearwater, Florida.

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Music Credit: Thanks to Isaac Matthews for his incredible talent.
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