Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Jill Le Croissette

We are sad to report the passing of Jill le Croissette in April 2014. Born in Australia, Jill le Croissette moved to the U.S. in her twenties and lived in San Diego County, California. Despite a bout with breast cancer, she helped her own healing by creating some of her quilts. She also worked through her grief after her husband passed on through working on her quilts and doing the handwork on them. Her memories, her emotions and her life experiences inspired her work. She increasingly worked on simplifying her work and getting rid of elements of design that she felt were unnecessary.

A full-time studio artist since 1982, Jill previously had a long career as an academic and special librarian. Her art was juried into more than 140 national, international and regional exhibits, of which more than 40 included other forms of visual art. Her work won 19 awards and prizes and has appeared in many books, magazines, video recordings and newspapers. She published seven articles about quilts and related subjects. Jill had one two-person and seven solo exhibits and was included in numerous local group shows with other visual artists. The Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department selected one of her quilts to be installed in the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. She also produced wearable art for her own use as well as commissioned pieces.

Jill's quilts are in private collections in the U.S.A., Australia, France, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

She was a juried professional member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and belonged to the Alliance for American Quilts, American Quilt Study Group, Surface Design Association, Embroiderers Guild U.K. and the Australian Forum for the Textile Arts.

Jill supported Quilt Visions/Quilt San Diego and was a member of the Curatorial Committee of the Visions Art Museum, San Diego CA. She belonged to several local quilt and visual art groups, including the Artist Alliance of the Oceanside Museum of Art. Thank you for the beauty and depth you brought into the world of fiber arts, Jill. We will miss you.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jill will be missed by many quilters
and organizations that she belonged to and worked for.
The Free Spirits Art Quilt group will be doing a tribute to Jill with our exhibit, Word Power, which will be at the Rancho Buena Vista Gallery July 3-August 2, 2014 with the artist reception on July 11, from 1-3PM.
If anyone has a quilt by Jill or a story you would like to share, please call or email, Karen Bennick, 760-721-3891, Karenbennick@gmail.net.

Anonymous said...

The email for the above comment should be karenbennick@gmail.com.

Jill Lecroisette was a founder of several organizations, including the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA, El Camino Quilters guild in Vista, CA and the Free Spirits Art Quilt Group.
The address for the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery is 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista, CA.