The Artful Life – an Interview with Lorri Scott

© 2013 Lorri Scott of L.A.S. Fibers

I first met Lorri Scott at The Whole Bead Show in Tucson during her “Rainbow of Ribbons” and “Nuno Felt Wrist Wrap,” classes.

We spent several hours together, immersed in a world of dye, fibers and fascinating embellishment possibilities for my beads.

In addition to easy-to-understand and follow instructions, Lorri encouraged experimentation and shared resources, plus tips and tricks. More than once she said:

“The art of dyed cloth is never exact. No two batches come out the same.”

Lorri Scott models a willingness to be vulnerable and yet show up.

“I think I’m out of my box but this is what I need to do.  Explore my creativity and be among others who want to share an artful life.” –blog

In some ways, she is certain, almost dogmatic. Her definition of creativity, for instance:

“Creativity is taking something from your imagination and making it reality.”

Then, just as quickly, her artist sensitivity shows itself:

“When creating a body of work that you will be selling it’s always a crap shoot. You pay for the space, travel with your goods and props, set it all up and worry, ‘will they come?’ ‘Will my stuff sell?’ The same about classes. You spend so much time developing a class, writing it up and then sit back and hope enough people sign up.”

These were fascinating classes for me.

©2013, Joni Russell, Lorri Scott, and Mary Ellen Merrigan after “Rainbow of Ribbons” class in Tucson

As is often the case, the real value was in elements not documented on paper: helpful hints as my co-participant and I prepared our projects, willing experimentation in a quest to match a color for me, (I dyed a silk cord to match a necklace I’d made.) generous sharing of product sources and considerations and celebration of our successes.

The classroom and showroom were one and the same. Lorri’s work – garment designs, wayward threads, and art – surrounded us.

©2013, Lorri Scott, Wayward threads

She started making clothing at an early age: tie-dye in high school, western shirts with embroidery during fashion college, and then OOAK hand-woven clothing.

©2013, Lorri Scott, Handmade garments

These days Lorri dyes all sorts of cloth and ribbon and creates original clothing and accessories.

©2013, Lorri Scott, Wayward Threads

She seems to look philosophically at her art:

“If you do work that you like and are happy with yourself, usually the world will see that too.

In the beginning there is a hesitation to present your work to the public because you don’t know what the perception will be. Once you are accepted then you become a bit more free and you gain confidence.”

©2013, Lorri Scott, L.A.S. Fibers

In Lorri Scott’s case, confidence never approaches arrogance.

She describes the impact she wants for art in this way:

 “Since I make clothing on a limited basis (it’s just me – no minions, no factory), I am so honored when my peers purchase and wear my garments.”

I found myself filled with admiration for this fiber artist. Lorri sets an example of inspiration for artists and for others.

How are you living your artful life?