Lynda Lorraine is a London based Artist of Filipino and English heritage specialising in the exploration of the meaning of family, home, diversity, living culture, generational, cultural and sexual identity, equality, cross culture, movement, migration and global citizenship – deeply rooted in her own experiences, ancestry, artistic research and visual practice.
CREATE a self-sustaining visual art practice and facilitate artistic development at a high level
BUILD mentoring, teaching, discussion and awareness of the subjects and disciplines explored
MAKE a cultural contribution to the artistic landscape of the UK and beyond
Lynda Lorraine was born in Surrey, UK in 1978 and is of Filipino and English descent. At the age of eighteen, she left home to pursue photography and fine art training first at University of Hertfordshire and after moving to the capital BA (hons) Fashion Design Technology at London College of Fashion and then MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins under Louise Wilson. During this time she worked closely with Matthew Williamson, Tristan Webber and Harvey Nichols among others.
Her two dissertations explored the relationships our bodies have with the architectural spaces we occupy every day, sculptural beauty in couture and high fashion history in a contemporary context. In her graduation collection she created silhouettes for the catwalk combining Eastern simplicity and Western extravagance that combined innovative draping techniques, beautiful tailoring where the sculptural aspects and movement of the pieces were core to the aesthetic. Her mixed heritage life experiences and subjects explored during her studies are clear foundations to her later work.
After completing her art school training in fashion, her work was exhibited in Harrods next to the likes of Chanel and Prada as well as garnering international recognition from Barneys, New York. Lorraine maintained a connection with the art world with life drawing at the Royal Drawing School. After a successful career in fashion, photography and web design it was always an ambition to develop her artistic talent. In recent years she decided to actively pursue art as a versatile and largely self-taught artist. In her work she uses painting, drawing, photography, moving image and installations to explore perception and the realities of modern global culture. The artist has participated in many exhibitions as well as solo shows in London.
Lorraine still lives in the capital and as an Artist she facilitates her own marketing and branding. She leads her own blog, photography, published material, website as well as on and offline promotion. Passionate about sharing her experiences about leading a balanced and sustainable creative life as well as showcasing and increasing visibility and awareness of Filipino arts, culture and global creative practitioners.
Outside of her own practice she has been part of the lead team pushing forward the strategic communications and technical services policy at the Royal College of Art in recent years and has mentored emerging artists, photographers and designers as well as teaching postgraduate students.