Dena Dale Crain lives on the shore of Lake Baringo, two hundred miles and a six-hour drive north of Nairobi, Kenya. She has a background in fashion design, textiles and consumer economics, and African art anthropology. She gives voice to these multiple interests as an art quilter.
Dena’s work is often seen in joint and solo art exhibitions as well as in shops and galleries in Nairobi. Her commissioned works hang in Nairobi hotels and offices, as well as in private collections abroad. She helped found the Kenya Quilt Guild and continues to support its growth. She writes magazine articles about art quilting, and she lectures at both quilting and non-quilting functions.
Dena is a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She was for many years its Africa Zone Representative. Dena contributes actively to the organization's promotion of quilting as an art form. She established a global art critique service (SAQArtique) for its international members—the first of its kind for art quilters—and she participates in SAQA conferences, exhibitions and committees.