Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Lorraine Richardson
Lorraine has been attending Māpura Studios for about 8 years now
Lorraine started with Suzzanne Vesty 5 years ago. “I didn’t think I would come back after starting painting with Sue, but then I did, and I really responded to Sasha’s teaching and as a person.
Lorraine attends the Leading A Creative Life course, on Thursday mornings at Māpura Studios, which provides a supportive, instructive and stimulating environment for people living with stroke-affect (or similar disability), to develop a strong visual arts practice. Twice a term there will be a workshop or a tutorial that focuses on the learning requirements of the group and individual learning needs; once a term a guest ‘professional’ artist will present on their arts practice. The remaining time is ‘open studio’ where participants work independently and are self-directed in their choice of content and subject matter. Tutors provide ongoing input regarding methodologies, techniques, media and guidance re subject matter so artists are supported in the ongoing progression of their art making capabilities and knowledge base.
Lorraine enjoys creating abstract art works and is inspired by Fullham pottery: “I like abstract images. I doodle at home and I get inspiration from the abstract. I have a family connection to Fullham pottery and that inspires some of my work. Dalton was an apprentice at Fullham. I feel spiritually receptive. That is an element in my making work.”
“I’ve always knitted and sewn. I am finding Lorraine again. Before I was a mum and a wife and you didn’t have time for myself”
“I doodle at home and I still knit”