Lorraine Turner Quilts for the Animals
In one week, the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival will begin. Quilt art beyond your wildest imagination by modern masters, many of whom will also be in attendance, will be there. A 26-piece collection by Lorraine Turner, textile artist extraordinaire will be hanging in the great hall of quilts, and if you can, you must go see it.
Lorraine Turner comes from a long line of stitchers, going all the way back to her great grandparents in 1860, a tailor and a costume maker for opera stars. Lorraine, an artist in her own right, became an Emmy award winner early in her career as a graphic designer. It wasn’t until 2016 that she began working with textiles as an art medium.
Lorraine’s art quilts are notable for her subject matter, and her unique technique. Her quilts are brilliant representations of animals with which she has strong spiritual connections. She blends multiple fibers using needle felting to create the beautiful sheen of an animal’s coat. The combination of her deep feelings for endangered animals, and her talent as an artist results in quilts that resonate emotion and sincerity.
The depth and dimension in Lorraine Turner’s artwork comes from her intimate relationship with the animals she depicts in her quilts. Lorraine is an animal communicator who uses meditation to relate to her subjects. She says, “I work with a passion of purpose. When you connect with your heart it really flows through the art. I teach my students how to connect with the animals. Each one has a special connection. Is it a male? Is it a female? I try to get them to feel the energy of the animals and their plight.”
By trying to understand their plight on such a deep level, Lorraine is able to sincerely portray their beauty. Her quilts are not simply pictures of animals, but portraits of beauty, struggle, and survival, and the real relationships she feels we must all strive to develop with the animal kingdom.
“The earth belongs to all of us,” she says. “We all have to use it. We have to work together. We are a community.”
For further information about Lorraine Turner’s work visit www.calicohorses.com, or, if at all possible, make your way to the Houston International Quilt Festival Nov 8-11, at the George R. Brown Convention Center