Featured Speaker: Lorna Moffatt

Credit: Dragon Threads website
Lorna Moffatt

I’d like to send a huge shout out to Krista Hennebury for suggesting that we invite Lorna Moffat to speak to us this month. A few of us met Lorna at the VMQG meeting in December but I think Krista was the only one smart enough to keep in touch and suggest to me that we contact her to come to our meeting.

As per Lorna’s suggestion, I stole the following “bumf” (Lorna’s word but I like it!) from her bio on the Dragon Threads website (publisher of Lorna’s book, Silk Unravelled, 2008):

“Lorna is an internationally renowned award winning textile artist, author and lecturer who has been at the forefront of contemporary and innovative machine embroidery. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, her work has been exhibited worldwide in prestigious galleries, craft exhibitions, museums and stores such as Bergdorf’s, Barneys, Takashimaya, Nordstrom, etc.

Lorna has also been commissioned for several large embroidered installations for multinational corporate headquarters and healthcare institutions. In addition, she has been instrumental in advancing creative embroidery techniques through her inspirational workshops and lectures together with teaching in schools and colleges around the globe.

Having developed her own unique style in the manipulation, deconstruction and reconstruction of fabrics, Lorna’s has now taken inspiration from the intricate and ornate craft work of indigenous people in remote corners of the world. Her extensive worldwide travel has also included living within communities in remote mountainous regions of Turkey and in the jungles of Borneo.”

Are you excited? Intrigued? I am. I don’t know what brought Lorna to Vancouver but I’m very glad she’s here. I am really looking forward to meeting her. I hope you are too. Let’s hope that our AGM runs smoothly giving Lorna lots of time to talk.

Back to business, I hope you are all enjoying your mystery quilts. I expect that everybody participating is now an expert in making a square within a square and that you don’t want to see another one of them anytime soon. Clue 4 will be out shortly if it isn’t already and, again, if you are not receiving your clues please send me an email.

As this is our last month as your Programs Committee and I would like to take this opportunity to thank JoAnn Lee and Paula Bohan for all the work they have done the past three years. They are the true work horses in our committee and trust me we would not have had the programs we did if it weren’t for them. So thank you…I owe you each a bottle (or case) of wine. See you on the 25th.

Andrea & your Programs Committee