THE ARTIST

Lorraine Woodruff-Long

“Color provokes a psychic vibration. Color hides a power still unknown but real, which act on every part of the human body” – Wassily Kandinksy

BIO

Lorraine Woodruff-Long is a self taught quilter with a primary focus on color, improvisation, and recycled/repurposed fabrics. 

Raised and educated in Texas, Lorraine served in Peace Corps Kenya and afterwards moved to California as a “bucket list” dream to temporarily experience living in a progressive urban city.  She fell in love with San Francisco and never left.  After a career in marketing and advertising, Lorraine later worked in the nonprofit sector while raising two city kids with her architect husband.

Lorraine learned to sew from her mother as a child. She made her first quilts as a mom for her young children. With no formal art training, she found creative inspiration seeing the “Quilts of Gees Bend” exhibition at the de Young Museum in 2006. This sparked a fire for creating with improvisation and repurposed materials. When Lorraine subsequently stumbled upon the growing online “modern quilt” movement, she fell deeply into her passion, carving out time from her demanding work and family life to create on evenings and weekends. She has received numerous awards for her quilts at local, national and international quilt shows. She is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, San Francisco Quilt Guild, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), East Bay Heritage Quilters, ArtSpanSF and a volunteer with the Social Justice Sewing Academy Remembrance Project. 

Her work has been juried into shows at the de Young Museum/San Francisco, the California Heritage Museum/Santa Monica, the Sanchez Art Center/Pacifica, the Drawing Room/San Francisco, and the San Francisco Women Artists Network Gallery among many others.  Her work is included in the 2021 book, “Stitching Stolen Lives: The Social Justice Sewing Academy Remembrance Project.”

Commentary Quilts: Evolution and Exploration – San Francisco Quilt Guild – May 2022

San Francisco Quilt Guild: Quiltmaker Stories – April 2021

ARTIST STATEMENT

One of my earliest memories is feeling compelled to touch and run my hands over bright, shiny colorful plastic buttons on a store rack. The same fluttery thrill bubbles up when I see collections of color in nature, art and everyday objects. It is this feeling that I seek to capture in my textile art and quilts.

Using mostly solids and repurposed fabrics, I create improvisational quilts with pulsing energy, color and movement for the viewer. My passion in the fiber art of quilting is utilizing vivid, electric color and shapes to create an immersive polychromatic experience in addition to using textiles to express my political and personal beliefs.

I am inspired by the historic legacy of women quilters, weavers, and textile artists before me who have poured their creative energies into meaningful, useful and beautiful works of art for their homes and families. I pay homage to the quilters of Gees Bend, the works of Rosie Lee Tompkins, and the simple beauty of Amish quilters. Other sparks of inspiration include the intellectual and mindblowing statements and graphic art of Barbara Kruger, Judi Chicago, Yayoi Kusama, and Jenny Holzer.

EXHIBITIONS

2022

International Quilt Festival/In the American Tradition, Houston, TX

Drawing Room SF/Up in ARMS, San Francisco

Drawing Room SF/Land, San Francisco

Northern California Womens Caucus for Art/The Wild Side, Arc Studios & Gallery,  San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Women Artists/Melting: Climate Crisis – Water is Life, San Francisco, CA

Sanchez Art Center/Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition 2022, Pacifica, CA  (Juror & Artists Talk Video)

The Modern Quilt Guild/QuiltCon 2022, Phoenix, CA

ArtSpan Juried Auction, San Francisco, CA

East Bay Heritage Art Quilters/Voices in Cloth, Richmond, CA

Drawing Room SF/Women Rising, San Francisco, CA

Envision Art Show/Black & White, Online Exhibition

O’Hanlon Art Center/Monochromatic, Mill Valley, CA

Fusion Art/Black & White, Online Exhibition

2021

The Modern Quilt Guild/QuiltCon 2021, Virtual

Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA

San Francisco Women Artists/Verdant, San Francisco, CA

California Heritage Museum/SAQA Art Quilts 2, Santa Monica, CA

ArtSpan San Francisco Open Studios Collateral Competition Finalist, San Francisco, CA

ArtSpan Juried Auction, San Francisco, CA

2020 

de Young Museum/de Young Open Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

 Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA

@Covid19Quilt Project, Online Exhibition

2019

The Modern Quilt Guild/QuiltCon 2019, Austin, TX

San Francisco Quilt Guild Show, San Francisco, CA
Third Place Hand Quilted
Honorable Mention Pieced Traditional Large

Envisions Arts/Earth-Mother Exhibit, Denton, TX
Honorable Mention

Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA

New Quilts of Northern California, Santa Clara, CA
First Place, Best Visual Impact

San Francisco Quilt Guild Show, San Francisco, CA

2015

San Francisco Quilt Guild Show, San Francisco, CA
Third Place, Pieced Large
Honorable Mention

2013

San Francisco Quilt Guild Show, San Francisco, CA
Honorable Mention