Yesterday, we introduced you to textile artist Lorraine Turner. You got a peek at some of her finished work and learned a bit more about her inspirations and what drives her as a creative artist. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. Today, we’re excited to take a closer look at process… to see how Lorraine uses thread to bring these images to life. Thank you, Lorraine!
I use a different method for each one of my creations.
See You Soon – The leaves in the shrubs were thread-painted in leaflike shapes. (Check out Lorraine’s post here for more.)
Brilliance Afire & Pink Ice – For the horse and dragon I used different tones of the threads to capture the movement of the manes, as well as emphasizing the highlights and shadows. I thread-painted elongated patterns, always sure to criss-cross the threads in order for them to hold together after I soaked away the stabilizer. (Check out Lorraine’s post here for more.)
The Heart of Camargue – The flamingo feathers were made using a similar method, what I call Auri-Feathers — stitching feathers in arcs and keeping my reference image close by. I then snipped a few to overlap; pinned and stitched. I intentionally added them after the binding to “break the borders,” much like a watercolor vignette.
As a young girl, motivational speaker and author/illustrator Lorraine Turner was told she would never make it as an artist yet went on to become a two-time Emmy winner for her work as one of the lead designers for a professional sports team in the US. The National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Lorraine has created award winning children’s activity books and is a multiple Eisner Award Nominee in her role as Art Director for the Library of American Comics – a company she co-owns with her husband Dean Mullaney.
After surviving years of abuse she became a team leader for the first community Domestic Violence Response Team in New Jersey and helped the Attorney General’s Office form the police guidelines which are still being used today.
Lorraine uses her own life experiences and travels world-wide as a motivational speaker encouraging all ages from teens searching a career to seniors desiring adult education.
Today, with the help of meditation, she happily writes, illustrates, and teaches others to follow their dreams.
She is a living testimony to the power of moving thoughts into action.
*All images and text courtesy of Lorraine Turner (with exception to the intro!)