Jana Lalova

A-JLI was born in Prague, Czech Republic. While already working, in 1969 I graduated from the Charles University in Prague, field sociology of culture. After 28 happy years spent working at the Public Observatory and Planetarium in Prague, I followed my 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.

I learned about patchwork the first time while living in New York. As a member of the United Nations Women´s Guild, I became one of the founders of the Quilting Group of the UNWG in Vienna. After taking several classes, I became the patchwork teacher, first in Vienna and after returning back home in 2003, in the Czech Republic as well.

I introduced patchwork several times on Czech TV, translated the Susan Briscoe book on Sashiko from English to Czech language and I have been contributing to Czech handicraft magazines.

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

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

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