Joe the Quilter
Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique.
Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections. Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject), a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum’s exhibition, “Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” and his essay for the de Young Museum show “Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.” His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.”
He has been seen on the Peabody Award winning PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson”, the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy” and on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.
At age 21, he started his first clothing line, self named Gallofornia, since then his designs have appeared on TV, movies, the internet and in all types of magazines and catalogs.
After doing the New York scene, Paul brought his talents to San Francisco. Since 1991, he perfected his skills at draping and patternmaking. His ability to construct and drape any garment has earned him a title as a Master patternmaker. Paul’s talents have been commissioned by companies in the United States, China and India.
Paul’s amazing talents are used in design and production of costumed wardrobe for Bay Area theaters, dancers and other entertainers. He is also commissioned to create custom gowns and for good measure a few riff – raff outfits..
Actively teaching since 1988, Barbara is also an award-winning doll designer who brings her inventive and inquisitive spirit to her sewing classes, workshops in costuming, doll and mask-making, and sculpture. She brings her knowledge of clothing construction and textiles as well as many costuming techniques, to the classes that she teaches. Currently, she teaches adult as well as children’s sewing classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Having taught classes from pre-school to college as well as adult classes, she is able to bring versatility and creativity to a wide range of educational situations.
Since arriving on the West coast in 2001, she has taught at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, The Academy of Art University, FIDM, Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics since 2009, the College of Marin, Bay Area Discovery Museum, City of Piedmont Recreation Department in Piedmont, CA, and many children’s classes in the Bay Area through Strings of Art and Leap.
As almost a life long sewist, Ashley brings modern style and techniques to the any class she leads. Ashley’s passion in textile arts peak when discussing Costume Design and Cosplay. She is active in the Sci-Fi costuming for National and International conventions. Her designs incorporate retro elegance with modern style.
“Textures and color palettes amaze me, sewing with specific techniques allows you to mix and match with limitless options. Working with other sewists and helping to enhance others skills.”
Ashley lives in San Francisco and enjoys comedians that are showcased at local venues. Ashley is a student at the Academy of Arts, declaring a major in Costume Design.
Alice Thomas started her quilting experience in her home town of San Francisco at the Josephine Randall Junior Museum. A deep emotional respect for repurposing fabric feeds her loving of quilting. “The ability to use fabrics from other projects or clothing allows the quilt to take on the original purpose of its fabric, to live on in a different form, to continue providing comfort and warmth to someone else.”
Alice has worked with and donates her quilting skills to Luke Haynes for his ongoing artist exhibits and community fund raising projects since 2014, his exhibit LCoDJ – 50 Quilts – Log Cabin was an amazing success in Los Angeles.
Since 2012, in her down time, Alice creates costumes and dances with Grupo Experimental Nago in San Francisco.
Alice hopes that the Intro to Quilting class, she teaches will help others to learn how much fun quilting is and how amazing it feels to express yourself with Fabric Arts.
Joy – Lily
Joy-Lily is the daughter of a dressmaker. She has been teaching quilting since the late 20th Century. As an artist in residence for the California Arts Council, she taught textile arts (including quilting) to seniors for 9 years. Currently she has a California Adult Teaching Credential in textiles and creative arts. Her book Carefree Quilts – A Freestyle Twist on Classic Designs was published in 2012 and her work has been published and exhibited internationally.
Joy’s latest personal project was completed in 13 months. The project to sew 100 (small) quilt tops for premature babies.
As an experienced garment seamstress, Dayo has developed curriculum that creates stylish and trendy projects that enhance any wardrobe.
Her career as a college educator, she understands the importance a learning environment in the process of developing new skills. She brings that philosophy to each class.