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Speaker: Jane Sassaman, Under the Influence

Join us for a lecture of the visual and philosophical ideas that have influenced Jane and her work. This is a very colorful lecture designed to excite and inspire the audience by exposing them to an unusual combination of fantastic images.

After a varied career in the design world, Jane began to quilt in 1980. She found that these “soft paintings” satisfied the draftsman, the craftsman and the artist in her. Consequently, she is now a dedicated (some say “obsessed”) quilt artist and fabric designer.

Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the “One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century”. She is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”. The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts.

Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Her designs are oversized and colorful and have been coined as “William Morris on anti-depressants”. They are created for quilts, wearables and home decorating. Her latest book, "Patchwork Sassaman Style", beautifully illustrates her fabric “in action”.

Earlier Event: June 19
Working with Large Scale Prints
Later Event: July 17
Moths and Moons with Jane Sassaman