As a young girl growing up in rural upstate New York, Jan was surrounded by a family of artisans with a variety of artistic talents that spanned from painting to sewing and even woodworking. Being a country girl, she was always surrounded by nature’s landscapes and amazing wild life.
Jan pursued her education in graphic design and marketing. Early on in her professional career, she focused on designing for an upstate department store. She developed promotional and illustrative works for events ranging from modeling shows to special in-store events all along while developing newspaper campaigns. As a young girl growing up in rural upstate New York, Jan was surrounded by a family of artisans with a variety of artistic talents that spanned from painting to sewing and even woodworking. Being a country girl, she was always surrounded by nature’s landscapes and amazing wild life.
Jan then moved on to pursue a career in graphic arts, marketing and advertising sales for a large nationally known newspaper chain. She worked with local businesses to develop advertising campaigns. In addition, she worked with the editorial department illustrating for special news features.
In her spare time, Jan developed her artistic background by joining the local art guild. She entered juried art shows featuring her watercolor paintings and pottery sculptures.
About 12 years ago, Jan discovered an age-old textile art called penny rugs while out antiquing. Her second love next to nature was scouting on weekends for antiques. With that, she developed a traditional folk-art style into her new found love of wool applique. Wanting to use her illustrative talents, she started to design based on realism and nature. This made her creations more than a stitching project, but more of a piece of art.
Her style started to catch on with stitchers across the country who wanted to replicate her designs. Hence, she developed her pattern company known as “Crane Design.” Over time, she expanded the line to include realistic country & seaside patterns. This included a large selection of realistic floral & bird designs that everyone can relate to from their own backyard.
Jan has also developed a line that carries the nature theme into punch-needle … and now she is on to fabric collections. “Crane Design” offers nearly 225 patterns sold throughout the US and Canada to quilt shops and stitching enthusiasts. Jan, through trunk shows and engaging on social platforms, has gained friends and inspiration from shop owners in the stitching community. Almost 4 years ago, Jan was invited to join the Henry Glass design team, drawing on all aspects of her skills and passions of life to create collections to share with quilters around the globe.
Inspiration from the Gardening Snowmen collection: