Pondhopper Studio features a collection of beautiful and unique articles of clothing, accessories, and artwork. Artist and designer Lorraine uses upcycled materials and nature-inspired themes to create pieces that will add a touch of artsy elegance to your wardrobe or home. Each piece is one of a kind, yet they share a distinctive, creative flair that runs through her work. She has so many lovely pieces that it's impossible to choose a favorite!
We caught up with Lorraine to find out what goes into her creative process. Learn more about her in our interview below!
Donations for Katie: Thanks for chatting with us! First, why don't you tell us a little about yourself.
Pondhopper: Mmmm – I’m not good at this bit, but here goes! I’m Lorraine and I live in Canada in a wonderful old farmhouse in the almost - middle of the City of Edmonton! Our garden has beautiful 100 year old elm trees where we built a tree house that nestles in the middle of the branches. Now that our two sons are grown, my husband and I use the tree house to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine during hot summer afternoons. So the tree house has evolved from a child’s play place to a lovely sanctuary complete with garden chairs, hammock, bookcase and chandelier!
DfK: How did you get started in your craft?
P: I don’t remember ever really “starting” – I have just always made stuff! Formally, I pursued drawing, painting, papercrafts and sculpting throughout my school and college years, studied sewing and textiles in England and learned about jewelry in Montreal. Informally, I grew up helping my Mum sew my dance costumes and learning photography from my Dad – I can still remember going into the attic where the darkroom was and watching the magical process of pictures appearing on a blank sheet of paper (pre-digital of course!).
DfK: What do you love most about your work?
P: The truth is I am just addicted to everything about the process of creation - from the initial inspiration to the end result, I love it all! I really enjoy taking something that has a previous life and may otherwise be discarded and turning it into a unique new piece to be loved. I especially like hearing stories about how my items are used by their new owners.
DfK: Where do you get your inspiration?
P: I find inspiration comes from so many different places it would be hard to narrow it down – my head is constantly bombarded with ideas and I have scrawled notes in every nook and cranny of my house, car, purse and pockets! Often, inspiration will come from the materials and techniques themselves. I like working on concepts that are not fully dictated in the beginning and the final outcome is a bit of a surprise because it has evolved throughout the creation process.
DfK: What made you decide to support Katie through this auction?
P: Katie reminds me of a dear friend who battled cancer with the utmost grace and humour. She always had a sparkle in her eye and never lost her joy of life. It was humbling, heartbreaking and uplifting to be a part of her journey and I have a feeling Katie’s own journey, as difficult as it is, brings many gifts to her family and friends also.
DfK: Anything you'd like to say to Katie directly?
P: I wish you the very best Katie.
You can check out more of Lorraine's work by visiting her shop!
~ Sneak Peek ~
Wondering what Lorraine has generously donated for the auction? These gorgeous spats will add a little flair to any pair of shoes you own! Come back on Friday to learn more about them and place your bids!