Stitching a Story

Jean Ray Laury made her first full-sized quilt in 1956 for her master’s degree project at Stanford University. A delightful and completely unorthodox quilt depicting all the things that excited her young children. Today her quilts are known as non-conventional, highly individual, and often humorous or political. In addition to her textile art Jean also crafted tile mosaics sometimes collaborating with Joyce Aiken. Surface design was a focus of Jean’s work for many years and the colorful mosaic backed benches, found along the Fulton Mall, illustrate Jean’s fun and wit. She always had a great story to share, teeming with subtle humor and jest. Jean was eager to help women find their creativity. “While I had the pleasure of working with Jean on several books, I think Jean was most proud of her book, The Creative Woman’s Getting It All Together At Home Handbook” shares her publishing representative.
Inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 1992, Jean was a key figure in the renaissance of quilting nationwide the during 1970s and 1980s. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including “America’s 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century”. Although Jean is recently gone her legacy lives on in the colorful mosaics along the Fulton Mall. Join About Town Taste walking adventures some time as we view Jean’s handiwork, and many others, on the Downtown Art & Architecture adventure……
Our next tour will be FRI June 3rd 6p or SAT the 4th 10a.
$25pp with advance reservation via or 559.392.4471


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