Hello, I’m Lorraine and this is the launch of my new blog which will document my discoveries and interests in the worlds of interiors, art, architecture and travel as well as any interesting people, places or food I encounter along the way. This is also my very first blog entry …ever!
I’ve managed for 43 tender years to avoid poking my head too much into the social media ‘orb’, so this feels a little like I’m standing naked on a motorway…………….gulp…..but then I can hear my mother’s Scottish ‘get-off-your-drama-box’ tone from my angsty teen years retorting, ‘Och goodness, who’s looking at you?! Get on with it!’
So here goes…
A little story about me. I trained in fine art sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA and Florence Italy. I spent the next fifteen years making commissioned sculptural work, mixed media installations and art for public places as well as large scale murals.
My ‘problem’ you could say is my curiosity. Even at art school I would wander into other departments such as printed textiles, ceramics, animation and even architecture, wangling my way into learning about new materials, techniques and equipment. I experimented with a wide palette of materials during my student years which is something I still really enjoy, putting unexpected materials together to create intriguing spaces and objects. When people ask me what I sculpt, I find it impossible to answer. Literally impossible. Each and every piece is different depending on the context and I have never been one of those artists who would go to the studio each day knowing exactly what they were going to make and turn out a massive body of very similar looking work in a week. I do sometimes envy those artists though, they know what they’re about and they’re content in what they do- I’m perhaps a little more erractic, but hey, it keeps life interesting!
Public art suited me as it was site specific and each project brought with it different research and challenges. One day I might be working with casts in concrete the other might involve welding or working with large scale glass and lighting. It gave me invaluable experience in working with other artists, learning new techniques as required and seeking out manufacturers of specific materials to suit a difficult location – all within budget! Ultimately it stimulated an interest I still have in how art can contribute to better living environments and even our general well being.
Alongside making my own work, I taught for 12 years in contemporary arts practice preparing students for art school. All of these things have given me some incredible experiences along the way however as someone who likes to explore new things, a tide of change was inevitable.
After spending the best part of twenty years in fantastic, gritty Glasgow – a leading city in culture, art, fashion, architecture and music, I moved out of the city with my lovely husband Roddy and my high maintenance, orange dog Miko – who for some reason we only ever call Piko!(peeko). We now live in Perthshire, a beautiful part of Scotland and I love the mindspace I get in this more rural location – being able to shut out the ‘creative noise’ from the city but close enough to be able to tap into it when I need to.
Roddy and I have had four homes together over the years, three of which were apartments. We renovated each one from scratch and we got pretty good at it. We used my creative experience and Roddy’s DIY enthusiasm to knock down, build, sand, paint, tile and style! Each home sold quicker than we could ever have imagined and we have always received really positive comments from people about our interior design. These personal house projects, Roddy’s e-commerce experience and my creative background have given us the confidence to take things a step further.
Curious Egg is our platform to bring together art and interiors. We will share our discoveries as we search for interesting makers, beautiful products and exceptional artworks from near and far. We hope to stimulate conversation about art and the home and would love to hear about your projects and experiments too! We also plan to make many of the things we find available for you to buy right here at Curious Egg.
Let the journey begin!