For over 30 years, Dena Dale Crain lived near Kampi ya Samaki, on the shore of Lake Baringo in Kenya with her life partner, Jonathan Leakey, eldest son of paleoarchaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey. In addition to her rather unusual lifestyle and the experiences she had in Africa, Dena 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.
Now based in the United States, Dena is available to teach, judge, lecture, and participate in other kinds of art quilt activities. Use the contact form on this site to initiate discussions about her work and services.