Lorraine Parker was a teacher of Textiles and Design for over 35 years. Education and teaching is still a passion in her life. As a High School teacher, she loved to challenge and facilitate creativity and innovation, (an integral part of the current HSC Textiles and Design course.)
Recently Lorraine has simply changed direction and now has time to devote to her own work while still enjoying working with adults of all ages.
Tertiary Education: Teacher of Textile Innovation at the Australian Catholic University as part of the student training course for Technology and Applied Studies. She was also contracted to write the Textile Design unit and Textiles Science and Innovation (2010) unit for Southern Cross University teacher training. This included several workshops with SCU students.
Tutoring: Many small and to larger groups; ATASDA, NCEATA, ASG and numerous other quilting groups).
Exhibitions: In November of 2012 first solo exhibition at Timeless Textiles, Newcastle. This was followed by a co exhibitions with photographer Ian Smith in; The Rainforest Centre, Dorrigo National Park; The Bunker gallery Coffs Harbour; Woolgoolga Arts Gallery; Macleay Valley Arts Council at Gladstone and Pandora Gallery at Coola.
Publications: Work published in ‘Down Under Textiles’ and more recently her art quilt "Log Cabin Doorways of France" was published in ‘American Patchwork and Quilting’ under the title of "Quilting Changes Everything".
BQJC (British Quilt Judge Course). In 2016 – 2018 Lorraine embraced another challenge spent much of her time completing this intensive course. She is now a qualified Juror and Judge.
She has travelled widely overseas as well as in Australia, with her camera close by to capture a wealth of inspiration and ideas for present and future projects. There are so many ideas that she feels a need to live another hundred years!
Lorraine loves to work on several pieces at a time, to experiment and create new techniques and then to extend and apply these in the many facets of her textile work.