About me

  • My name is Lorraine Chivers and I am the owner, designer, fabric-cutter, seller, tea-maker and everything else at Sea Parrot!

    (I've just seen a pod of dolphins)

  • I started Sea Parrot seven years ago after pursuing numerous careers including science teacher, gardener, garden designer, environmental consultant and most recently, research ornithologist. As a research ornithologist, I specialised in studying seabirds such as terns, guillemots, kittiwakes and penguins, but sadly not puffins! I felt privileged to be able to spend time in the presence of these amazing animals and on remote islands around the world, and I have some very interesting stories to tell. However, I have always yearned for a creative career and so decided to try fabric designing.

  • I have been a crafter and craft-lover all my life but in particular, I adore patchwork. I have been patchwork and quilting for over 20 years. Therefore, it was natural for me to design patchwork fabrics and inevitable that my designs would be influenced by my fascination, love and experience of nature.

  • I design at my home in rural Gloucestershire which is sandwiched between an ancient woodland and a limestone meadow. Inspiration for my designs is literally on my doorstep.

  • When designing my fabrics, I call upon my thorough understanding of animals and plants, and deep passion for nature, to try to capture the essence of my subjects in an appealing, simple and modern style. I hope you enjoy creating with them!