Quilts From the Pen of Bisa Butler

Wangari Maathai quilt by Bisa Butler


A native of Orange, NJ, Bisa Butler is an American fiber artist known for her quilted portraits and designs celebrating the lives and culture of African Americans.  As a child, she spent her free time first watching her mother and grandmother sew, then being taught by them. She majored in Fine Art at Howard University, where she studied the work of Romare Bearden and attended lectures by prominent black artists such as Lois Mailou Jones. While pursuing a master’s degree, she took a Fiber Art class that inspired her choice of quilting as an artistic medium. After that class, she made her first quilt, a portrait created in homage to her grandmother upon her deathbed.  From that point on she turned to quilting full time, and the rest is HERstory.

J&O Features the Fabric Art of Christo & Jeanne-Claude

“For those who walked through the walkways, the saffron-colored fabric was a golden ceiling creating warm shadows. When seen from the buildings, it seemed like a golden river appearing and disappearing through the bare branches of the trees and highlighting the shape of the meandering footpaths.”

-Christo on The Gates (1997-2005)

Norman Rockwell Comes to J&O Fabric Store!

Norman Rockwell (Feb. 3, 1894-Nov. 8, 1978) was a 20th century American painter and illustrator. He was most famous for the over 300 published original cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for the Saturday Evening Post magazine in his forty-plus years with the popular periodical. Rockwell spent the next 10 years painting for Look Magazine where his works included more realistic issues like civil rights, exploration and politics. During his career, he was also commissioned to paint the portraits for President’s Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, as well as many prominent foreign figures too. Established as an iconic illustrator, Rockwell’s influence can be seen and felt in movies, illustration and most especially, in the neighborhoods and communities of America herself. His paintings and illustrations have even inspired a line of fabrics from notable manufacturers as an ‘ode to the man and his works.