Two in Tango

May 4, 2016 - May 29, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

NSW Australia

Two in Tango

An exhibition of the work of Lorraine Parker and Ian Smith

Exhibition open from Wednesday 4th May to Sunday 29th May

Official opening: Friday 6th May at 6.00pm, all welcome

About the artists:


Lorraine Parker was a teacher of Textiles and Design for over 35 years. Education and teaching Textiles in its many facets, was, and still is, a passion in her life. As a High School teacher, she loved the challenge of facilitating creativity and innovation which was an integral part of the current HSC Textiles and Design course.

Lorraine has recently simply changed direction and has time to devote to her own work while still enjoying working extensively with adults of all ages. She says, “the talent out there is amazing”. Lorraine taught Textile Innovation at the Australian Catholic University as part of the student training course for Technology and Applied Studies, secondary teaching. This was followed by an invitation to write the Textile Design unit and Textiles Science and Innovation (2010) unit for Southern Cross University teacher training. She also does workshops with SCU students. (as well as for ATASDA, NCEATA, ASG and numerous quilting groups. The Australian Sewing Guild employed Lorraine as a Tutor in their 2014 National Convention.

In November of 2012 Lorraine had her first solo exhibition of all facets of her work. The exhibition was held at Timeless Textiles, Newcastle and many pieces of her work sold. This was followed by a co exhibition with photographer Ian Smith in the Rainforest Centre of Dorrigo National Park. Lorraine has had her work published in “Down Under Textiles” and has also written for this magazine. Her recent work “Log Cabin Doorways of France” has been published in the August edition of American Patchwork and Quilting under the title of “Quilting Changes Everything”.. She has travelled widely overseas as well as in Australia and always with her camera close by to capture a wealth of inspiration and ideas for present and future projects. There are so many ideas that she feels a need to live another hundred years!

Lorraine loves to experiment and create new techniques and then to extend and apply these in the many facets of her textile work. See her website and


Ian started out as a writer for a surfing magazine with a friend doing the photography.

As life moved on and, at various times, he wrote about football, motorcycling and travel. For all of these the editors required pictures so Ian decided to purchase his own camera and provide them himself. He says the advantages were great, ” I did not need to rely on anyone else; I learnt a lot about photography from others in the various fields and I could refer to photographs when writing as an aid to memory and clarity.”

Exchange of ideas and experiences convinced him to move from Canon to Nikon, a brand he still uses and believes in strongly today.

Ian had an exhibition at Newcastle City Art Space and then met textile artist Lorraine Parker a few years ago. He says that she nudged his career in photography along considerably.

“We have jointly exhibited at The Bunker Gallery (Coffs Harbour), the famous Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and the Pop-up Art Gallery.” We are also booked later in 2016 to have an exhibition at Gladstone through Macleay Valley Art

He also says”, I have been fortunate enough to have won quite a few prizes along the way at places like Armidale, Kempsey, Gloucester and others but the main outlet for my photography these days is in magazines like Caravan and Motorhome, On The Road and some bushwalking periodicals. I tend to concentrate on places others rarely frequent or get different angles on iconic travel destinations. This shot reflects both those categories as it is located in the ever popular Blue Mountains yet it is not a place regularly visited by others.”

Woolgoolga Art Gallery 
Woolgoolga NSW Australia