Lecture — Saturday, July 31, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

Under the Influence is a lecture of the visual and philosophical ideas that have influenced me and my work.  There is an extra ordinary range of wonderful images.  This is a very colorful lecture.  I hope to excite and inspire the audience by exposing them to an unusual combination of fantastic images.

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To register for this lecture, please purchase both the lecture and the show admission. If you have previously purchased the 2021 admission you may purchase the lecture only.

About Jane Sassaman

Jane A. Sassaman worked in many design mediums before discovering quilting. After graduating as an art major at Iowa State University, she worked as a window dresser, a sign maker, an illustrator and as a designer of decorative accessories. All these talents came into play when Jane began to quilt in 1980. Since then, her exuberant quilts and fabric designs have attracted worldwide recognition.

Under the influence of 19th century Arts and Crafts designers, her work is abstracted from nature, but her signature graphic style is totally contemporary. As an art quilter, Jane’s designs are always recognizable for their bold color and graphic style. In fact, her quilt, “Willow”, was named as one of the hundred best American quilts of the 20th century.

Today she is translating her unique vision into exciting fabrics for FreeSpirit. Like her quilts, Jane’s fabrics are nature inspired, large scaled and colorfully enthusiastic. They have been lovingly referred to as “William Morris on antidepressants”!

“I try to express the energy and mystery of our amazing universe – from the miraculous beauty of a single blossom to the complicated powers of the soul.”

When she is not fondling and designing fabric in the studio, she is on the road teaching quilt classes, sketching in the garden or browsing through her wonderful library of design books. She is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”, which includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature inspired quilts. Her book “Patchwork Sassaman Style” is a primer for using personality prints for quilt making. Jane is from Illinois.