Raised in rural South western Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed a B.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences before opting for a career in art textiles. Originally devoted to hand-embroidery, she later developed a unique form of machine collage that permits her to ‘paint’ with fabric. This technique incorporates a mixture of machine sewing, collage, embroidery and quilting, integrating thousands of bits of fabric and threads with fine transparent tulle and machine stitching. Each piece is one of a kind. Lorraine makes large scale wall pieces on commission, teaches workshops in textile technique, and is a speaker on various topics related to art practice. Her works are featured in collections throughout Canada and abroad. Lorraine shares her home and studio in Dundas with her husband, Janusz Wrobel, fine art photographer.
For just over 20 years, Lorraine Roy has been working with textiles in non-traditional ways. Originally devoted to hand-embroidery, she later developed a unique form of machine collage that permits her to 'paint' with fabric. By using a unique mixture of techniques like sewing, collage, embroidery and quilting, she integrates thousands of bits of fabric and threads with fine transparent tulle and machine stitching. The sumptuous results combine her passion for science and spirituality while exploring the earthy origins and surprising versatility of fabrics and threads.
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