Lori graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2005 with an honours degree in fine arts. She is a sculptor in steel and bone and naturally migrates between this large scale work and jewellery design. Her investigation includes the dynamic exchange of experience between humans and the animal world and in particular the nature of materials in sympathetic union with the body.

Lori Mairs was born and spent her early childhood in Auckland New Zealand although her matrilineal heritage is 9th generation Canadian. Her family arrived in Canada via Trinity Bay Newfoundland prior to the turn of the 19th century, settled in Montreal then migrated west to Haida Gwaii where her grandmother was born. She has deep roots to the earth and a keen interest in history. Lori currently acts as caretaker on a 22 acre Nature Conservancy in the central Okanagan region of British Columbia. She knows where the deer sleep.