leanor Knowles Dugan made her first quilt—a baby quilt for a cousin—in 1971. She became a dedicated quilter in the mid 1980s, drawing on the textile skills and inspirations developed during her 30 years as a stage and film costumer in New York and California, plus stints as a weaver of custom fabrics and several years as a supervisor in a top San Francisco fashion house. Since the late 1990s, she has dedicated herself to off-the-wall on-the-wall art quilts. Eleanor now lives in San Francisco.
lthough my personal life has been devoted to political activism and community service for more than fifty years, my current works have no social, political, or narrative messages. It seeks simply to delight and intrigue, providing a few moments of pure pleasure. If these pieces can make people — however harried, weary, or distressed — break out in a big smile of surprise, I've succeeded. (There is entirely too much angst in the world!)
“Curves and Lines” – Nov. 16, 2012 – Jan. 7, 2013. With Cele Stauduhar. Conde Nast Bldg., 4 Times Square, NYC. The Durst Organization. Click here to view photos from the exhibit reception.
Special Exhibit, San Francisco Quilters Guild Biennial Show,
March 9-10, 2013.