Joanne Soroka was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from McGill University. She now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is a centre for tapestry weaving, and Joanne studied at the Edinburgh College of Art during the 1970s, graduating with a post-graduate diploma (with distinction). She went on to become the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Dovecot Studios), before setting up her own studio, Ivory Tapestries, in 1987. Joanne works in tapestry weave, other textile processes and paper, with occasional forays into other media such as print and video. Her work hangs in the lobbies and boardrooms of well-known international companies such as the Chase Manhattan Bank and the Glenfiddich Distillery and in hotels in Japan. She has won numerous awards.
Joanne has exhibited her work around the world and has been teaching at Edinburgh College of Art for 15 years. Her work will be included in the forthcoming publication Art Textiles of the World: Canada.