Jean Ray Laury
designer - quilter - teacher - writer

Nationally acclaimed

fabric artist Jean Ray Laury recently created five 9-foot long banners for the new San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust headquarters. The 2 1/2 year project will be available for viewing when the building opens in January 2009.

The banners depict the river region's plants and wildlife and are categorized into particular areas:birds, insects, aquatic life, mammals and reptiles, and plants. The images are realistic so they can be used as educational tools but still convey a warmth and appeal with muted but bold hues.

The banners represent what can happen when art intersects with archtecture. The material is industrial weight felt and the appliqued pieces are cut out and hand sewn, embelished with silkscreen printing, hand painting, and embroidery.

Jean was a key figure in the renaissance of quilting nationwide the during 1970s and 1980s. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S.and overseas, including the International Quilt Festival, Houston installation in 1999 called "America's 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century".

SJR Panels

Jean at the SJR Parkway & Conservation Trust Building Dedication



About Jean Ray Laury

Jean Ray Laury is a freelance designer, quilter, and writer with one-woman, and group shows at museums, galleries and universities across the country. Her quilts are in both private and museum collections.

Along with quilting, workshops, and lectures, Jean has an avid interest in folk arts and crafts, reading, cooking, (eating), and hiking. She and her husband Frank (retired from California State University Fresno) live near a creek in the Sierra foothills where they are visited by wild turkeys, deer, fox, family and friends.

Jean has written numerous books about quilt making. Her teaching and lecturing have taken her world wide --- from Japan and Australia to Belgium, France, Norway, Austria, and South Africa.


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