Meet the Designer

lorraine

Lorraine was originally trained as a Commercial Artist in the 1970s in those pre-computer days when ‘cut-and-paste’ actually meant using scissors and paper to create finished artwork. One of only two students in her class at Randwick Technical College to be awarded a certificate after two years of study involving a wide range of techniques, her first practical experience came designing badges for sports clubs and schools at Princess Embroidery in Sydney. She gained her first position as a Commercial Artist in the Eric Francis Studio, also in Sydney, and during these early days won a prestigious competition to design a poster for the Red Cross.

In the 1980s, after moving to Brisbane, Lorraine turned her attention to fine art and became well-known for her detailed line-drawings, particularly in relation to animals. All her work was done on a commission basis and there was a two-year waiting list for her drawings. At this time Lorraine also began playing the Celtic harp and in the 1990s became half of the popular Brisbane harp duo, Braveharp. Her artistic skills were not forgotten during this period as she was called upon to design the group’s branding, flyers and other printed material, as well as designing the logo for the Queensland Harp Society of which she was a member. The venture awakened an entrepreneurial spirit and she developed new business skills that would serve her well in the future. In particular, she discovered that she had an affinity for computers that eventually led her back to her original love of design.

In 2006 Lorraine decided to form her own graphic design business to take full advantage of her renewed enthusiasm for design and computers. After doing a number of short courses, she enrolled in a 12-month graphic design course at the acclaimed Shillington College to bring her design skills back up to industry standard. She developed in-depth knowledge of a variety of highly regarded design software, particularly the Adobe suite including Photoshop, In-Design and Illustrator. Lorraine relocated to the Gold Coast and registered her new business, Wild Witch Graphics, in 2007 and since that time has done branding and design work for a diverse range of clients. A recent opportunity to attend bear making classes has opened another avenue of creativity for Lorraine and she hopes to combine her graphic design, fine art and bear making skills to produce a quality range of merchandise such as greeting cards, t-shirts, calendars and posters.

2 Responses to “Meet the Designer”

  1. Lyn Moore Says:
    November 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Lorraine,

    Your website is fantastic, drawings and photos beautiful and I love the teddy bears.
    It’s people like you who make a difference in this world!

    Love Lyn

  2. Wild Witch Says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks Lyn, Glad you like it !

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