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Jack Edson

Jack Edson

(b. 1950)
Born: Buffalo, NY

Jack Edson, a quilter from Hamburg, NY, earned his BA from Canisius College and his Master of Library Science from the University of Rhode Island.  Inspired at a 1976 Bicentennial exhibit in Elmira, Edson started quilting and has been honing his skills for the past four decades. [1]

Edson’s recent work has featured some of his favorite images from art history.  From these images, Edson creates a working quilt pattern that evolves as he creates the piece.  He describes his process as “more like being a juggler, with twenty balls in the air...I am constantly adding more balls to the juggling act.”  Boiled down: “The only formula I use is: take things you love, cut them into hundreds or thousands of pieces, and put them back in a more beautiful pattern.” [2]

Edson’s work was previously featured in the 2015 Art in Craft Media exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Edson recently retired from his role as director of the Hamburg Public Library, a position he held since 2005, after a 46-year career as a librarian. [3]

[1] Michelle Kearns, “Hamburg Librarian Takes Quilting to Another Level,” The Buffalo News, 02/20/2016.

[2] Jack Edson, “Artist Statement.”

[3] Barbara O’Brien, “Hamburg’s Eclectic Director Retiring after 46 Years as Librarian,” The Buffalo News, 08/05/2017, (Accessed 10/02/2017)