Janet Greenfield

Janet Greenfield

Janet Greenfield

Janet Greenfield

About the Artist

Primarily self-taught, Janet Greenfield started quilting as a hobby in 1995. Ultimately, in 1997, after becoming increasingly obsessed with quilting, Janet traded in her Ph.D. in clinical psychology for a Swiss sewing machine and chose to focus on her art on a full-time basis. Janet's quilting explores traditional quilt patterns and techniques with a modern and whimsical twist. She takes great care in choosing the appropriate fabric from her large cache of materials when starting each project. A particularly captivating fabric pattern can inspire a new piece.

Janet favors colorful, exotic, ethnic fabrics ranging from African textiles, Japanese kimono prints, Balinese batiks, Indian saris, and whatever else she can get her hands on. Thematic fabrics involving food, animals, music, and more can also be found in the kaleidoscopic pieces that she stitches. The fabrics themselves come from countless sources. Janet commissions her friends to bring back fabric when traveling abroad and also searches for new material on the Internet, local fabric stores, and yard sales.

When viewing Janet's work, one can see that she is drawn to elaborate patterns involving tessellation, symmetry, and curved shapes. Each piece is truly one-of-kind and expresses something new about Janet. All the quilts are pieced on the machine-- some are quilted on the machine as well, while others are hand quilted.

As one buyer once astutely observed, "They're not your grandmother's quilts!"