About

INFO
Lynda Lorraine
London, UK

English/Filipino

ROLES
Contemporary Artist
Technical Services Communications Specialist, Royal College of Art

AREA
Fine Art, Fashion Design, Media & Communications

BIOGRAPHY
Lynda was born in Surrey in the late 70s and is of English and Filipino decent. She graduated with an MA in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins after her BA in Fashion Design Technology from London College of Fashion. Her two dissertations, one exploring the relationships our bodies have with the architectural spaces we occupy everyday and the second exploring sculptural beauty in couture and high fashion history in a contemporary context were both clear foundations to her later work.

Following her graduation show and an exhibition on the Harrods international floor alongside the likes of Dior and Chanel, she was headhunted as head designer for the London label Milla. Using the sculptural system of pattern cutting she developed as an art and fashion student in previous years for the first time in the professional realm. With a keen eye for the structural aspects of garment construction alongside her highly tuned spatial awareness and sculptural touch. Both collections garnering international recognition.

Her well rounded and broad sense of artistic, technical and digital industries saw her expanding her remit in the years to follow as creative director for a web design and fashion forecasting company, a forerunner to todays fashion blogging and street style reporting culture we see today.

What followed was a period of independent work as an artist and designer. Concepts of space and movement for the human form continued to be central to her work, through exploration of dance, physical movement, architectural spaces, live art, family, home, migration, living culture, mavericks and popular culture and her attention to how it relates and effects us in the everyday space.

Lynda has led her creative output for over ten years, with a number of commissions, various exhibited and televised works. And in that time has melded fashion, painting, moving image, photography, sculptural and drawing concepts as well as adding digital and social design and further fine art techniques to her range.

PRACTICE
Tech savvy and multidisciplinary, Lynda combines her largely self-taught skills as an artist with her formal training as a luxury womenswear designer and digital skills honed as a business owner.

She creates combinations of flowing and organic sculptural pieces on the body, wistful photographic scenes, raw portrait paintings, drawings that dance across paper, wood and metal and making moving image works. Often using her own unique techniques, honed after years of practice and rule breaking.

Her work draws from her life, family history and varied creative experiences. The body has always been central to her work, through movement, aesthetics, its place in the world and as the canvas itself.

PUBLICATIONS, EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER OUTCOMES
Commissions
Catherine (2010), Private Commission for Catherine Mellor
Residencies
Bonds (2015), Greenwich Theatre, London UK
Solo Exhibitions
Bonds (2015), Greenwich Theatre, London UK
Bennett-Payne (2003), Harrods, London UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
Axe (2015), The Circle, London UK
Jen (2014), Islington Exhibits, London UK
Fraction (2014), Platform 1 Gallery, London UK
Sketchbook Project (2013), Brooklyn NYC / 30+ City Tour USA
Television and Performance
Live Art (2015), Collaboration with Artist Kathlyn Pagador
Six Puppies & Us (2015), BBC 2
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (2014), Channel 4
The Last Five Years (2014), Greenwich Theatre, London UK
Press
Graduate Feature (2003), International Textiles

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2003 Harrods Award for Design Initiative (runner up)
2001 AHRC Postgraduate Fashion Development Fund

EDUCATION
MA Fashion
Central Saint Martins (Womenswear Pathway)
BA (hons) Fashion Design & Technology
London College of Fashion (Womenswear Tailoring Pathway)


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