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. From then until leaving the UK in 2002, she moved to Canterbury in Kent and carved out her career running her small business designing and making silk, machine-stitched, soft furnishings.
Arriving in beautiful Vancouver in 2012, Lorna and family became permanent residents of Canada and she is now getting her teeth stuck into stitching again and finding her place in the world of North American designer makers. The colours and the climate of BC have inspired her to replace the lustrous silks she used in the 90’s with warm, wool meltons as a base to collage onto. Nature, landscape, architecture and the many faces and cultures she experienced on her travels continue to be a great source of inspiration, and sometimes with a nod to her roots and those heathery hills of the Highlands of Scotland. Lorna fuses traditional stitching techniques such as appliqué and 'mola' work with her own style of fabric manipulation to create her signature stitched and collaged surfaces on pillows, bags and blankets using wool, linen, cotton, silk and velvet. Her work is for anyone seeking something different and who wants to add an artistic conversation piece to their living space or, with her bags, own a piece of 'wearable art'.