Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: The Czech Republic

Jana Lalova

was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She graduated from the Charles University in Prague, field sociology of culture. After working at the Public Observatory and Planetarium in Prague for 28 years, she followed her husband – an astronomer – to New York, USA (for 4 years) and then to Vienna, Austria (for 10 years), where he was working for the United Nations.
She learned about patchwork the first time while living in New York. As a member of the United Nations Women´s Guild, she became one of the founders of the Quilting Group of the UNWG in Vienna. After taking several classes, she became the patchwork teacher, first in Vienna and after returning back home, in the Czech Republic as well.

After the Fire

She introduced patchwork several times on Czech TV, translated the Susan Briscoe book on Sashiko from English to Czech language and she is contributing to Czech handicraft magazines.

Hands of the Treasure

She became one of the „godmothers“ of  the Prague Patchwork Meeting in 2007. Since then she is participating as an exhibitor, workshop committee member and as a translator of some workshop lectures given in English.
First, she tried many different techniques, but prefered smaller hand made projects (baby quilts, wallhangings etc.). Recently she found her main interest in art quilts (she is a member of  Art Quilt Harbour Group).

The Tower of Babylon

She participated at exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Roumania, United Kingdom, Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic.

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