Blessed Unrest prints are an antidote to mass production and aimed at people looking for something unique and exclusive.
Lorna Brown, originally from Perthshire, is a textile designer and fine art screen printer living and working in Edinburgh creating colourful, expressive designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into home accessories and artworks. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art where she was awarded a 1st class honours degree and post graduate diploma in print in the early 90's.
With a desire to continue her love of screen printing she set up and ran her own print studio for 14 years working with events and interior companies, costume and fashion departments, independent retailers providing bespoke hand printed textiles, wallpapers and installations.
Lorna values the sharing of knowledge and skills with others and has delivered and facilitated art and design projects for many years in community, FE and HE locations. She currently tutors at the Interactive Design Institute and delivers a range of screen print classes for Abbeymount Studios.
'Having trained as a textile designer and after working in fashion/costume and interiors for years my imagery often has traces of these recurrent influences. I can be inspired by the shape of a vase, pleating on a garment, embroidery, stitch and beading details for example. I am always influenced by the natural environment; by flowers, plant and trees and love their shadows and silhouettes. I often work directly from source, drawing and re drawing images exploring a variety of media and deliberately changing the line, tone and mark making qualities of the drawing. I often combine drawn and photographic imagery.'
Lorna's work evolves as a direct response to the screen printing process and her love of working intuitively and skilfully; layering, covering up and revealing is the core element of her practice. Opaque and transparent ink allows her to control which areas to reveal, cover up overprint and mask. Layered, expressive and colourful prints are transformed into beautifully crafted products. These prints are an antidote to mass production and aimed at people looking for something distinctive and exclusive.