Lorraine Benjamin

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Artist Biography

Lorraine has been creating with fiber since she was a young girl.  As a child she would while away the hours sewing, crocheting and working with crewelwork.  She learned to sew garments at the side of her mother, who was a gifted seamstress.   

She began quilting in 1997 and immediately was intrigued with the design elements of the quilt.  Thus, began her exploration of color, repetition, design and texture. Soon Lorraine began to experiment with a more contemporary approach to quilting and developed her own artistic voice.   Her creative roots are firmly embedded in the traditional needle arts and this is reflected in her current body of work. She employs layers of both hand and machine stitches together with various surface design techniques, a unique approach in which she successfully captures the depth, color, contrast and texture of her subject matter. 

 Lorraine has owned and operated a Longarm Quilting business since 2000 that focuses on a creative approach to quilt finishing. She has won several awards for her quilted creations including  Best Machine Quilting at 2018 Quilts Unlimited and Best of Show at the NYS Quilters Consortium and Best of Show at NYS Fair for her quilt Eden Restored.   

She is a member of SAQA; The Quilt Divas; Finger Lakes Fiber Artists; Tompkins County Quilt Guild; Candor Quilt Guild; NYS Quilters Consortium and the Embroidery Guild of UK and The Quilt Guild Of The Villages Florida, all of whom have inspired her as a textile artist.

 Since 1993 Lorraine has lived in the Ithaca area of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in Central New York  until her recent relocation to Florida in early 2019.  She currently works as a nurse for Hospice Of Marion County and  enjoys the support of her husband, seven children and nine grandchildren.  

 Exhibitions:

Schweinfurth Members Show 2018; Earths Song ;Threads of Change, FUSIT, Ithaca 2018; 2017; Quilts Unlimited, View Art Center, Old Forge NY  2018;2017;

 FLFA group exhibition, May Memorial Unitarian Church Gallery, Syracuse NY.  2017;

 Quilt Diva Group Show at Unitarian Church Gallery, Ithaca NY. 2016; Fifteen, The Quilt Diva Anniversary Show, CSMA Gallery, Ithaca NY 2016;

 Quilting by the Lake Quilt Show, Featured Artists FLFA Group, Syracuse, NY 2016; 2018

 And others including: MQX, NH; QCNY; Traditions and Beyond; Candor NY Annual Quilt Show; Woman’s Interfaith Institute, Seneca Falls NY; NYS Fair; Featured Artist for Endless Mountain Quilters Guild Show; Featured Artist for Newark Valley Annual Quilters Luncheon; Other Quilt Diva Group Exhibitions including: Botanica I, 2003; Botanica II, 2009; Leidenfrost Vineyard 2010; Quilts Across Cortland, Featured Artists, 2010; Six Mile Creek Vineyard 2009. Traditions and Beyond Quilt Show Featured Artists 2005; Trumansburg Art Conservatory ; Main Street Gallery, Endicott NY. 

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