Janet Pray has an educational background in business and fine art. Working as a fibre artist, fibre arts teacher and sewing instructor, she has exhibited her award winning works across the U.S. at many fine juried art fairs, Renaissance festivals, galleries and boutiques. In 1998 she produced patterns for three of her most popular coat and cape designs and in 2003 she assumed the Islander Sewing Systems business from her aunt, Margaret Islander. She now publishes professional shirt and garment patterns, which include revolutionary pattern guides designed with the Islander Sewing Systems techniques.
Janet recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. The ASDP governance board selected Janet for the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award because of her leadership within the sewing industry, her contributions to sewing education, and her support of new professionals and their development.
Ms. Pray authored the book Islander Sewing Systems I, For Personal and Professional Sewing and is the president of The American Sewing Expo Inc., which produces the largest independent annual sewing consumer show in the United States. She co-authored a DVD Easy Zippers with Rosebud, a certified sewing instructor with extensive industrial sewing experience. www.islandersewing.com
Stay tuned for details on Janet’s fall 2013 classes tomorrow…