Jean LeesonMadison, WI
“Everyone has something to say. We choose our voice, sometimes subconsciously, directed by talent, mood, message, … time of life. Quilting has become my voice – but more than that, it has infiltrated all my senses, transforming not only my expression, but my perception – affecting both input and output. The development of my voice has led to an obsessive exploration of styles and techniques, the pursuit of which reflects not only what I like to think of as my open-mindedness, but also my short attention span. I am a late bloomer and I have no time to waste. Driven by the thrill of color, and armed with an addiction to fabric, I quilt.”
Jean started quilting in the early 1980’s when her love of fabric and her dislike for sewing clothes reached a compromise in a traditional quilting class. The birth of her three children in the mid-80’s reordered her priorities, but a few years later, the passion reignited itself with a new focus on art quilts and original design work.
During Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail weekend, Jean Leeson will have a pop-up studio at the Museum at the Portage.