Chicago artist and photographer Carolyn Lorraine caught my eye a while back with her dreamy photos and impeccable style. I caught up with Carolyn to talk about life, inspiration, and creating.
All images by Carolyn Lorraine.
When do you feel most inspired to create?
Inspiration for me comes from many different sources and at different times throughout the year. Most of the time, I find inspiration through music, as well as looking at inspiring images curated by other artists.
Your style is so ethereal. Describe what you’re drawn to.
Can you describe any item you own (garment or object) that holds special meaning?
In 2017, I took a trip to South Korea with my family where my sister currently resides. While there, I purchased an evergreen wool coat that I absolutely love. I wear it every year and to me, its the most warmest and beautiful garment I've ever owned because it reminds me of a happy time. It was my first time traveling abroad—words can't express how excited and nervous I was for the experience. Ultimately, I had an amazing time in South Korea.
"My fellow women inspire and influence me to the fullest. I was raised by a single mother and through that, I witnessed the true strength of a woman."
What are you passionate about, and how does that influence you in your day-to-day?
I'm passionate about the earth and our environment—it's one of the reasons why I've become committed to a minimalist/sustainable and ethical lifestyle. Along with that, my fellow women inspire and influence me to the fullest. I was raised by a single mother and through that, I witnessed the true strength of a woman. All in all, I'm always curious and excited to get to know other women who have created businesses with the same ideas and philosophies that I believe in.
Have you read any books recently that you would recommend?
Who has been a guiding force in your life?
How do you practice self care?