M.Joan Lintault is an internationally renowned quilter who is one of among a handful of the original art quilters. She has been involved in the Fibers movement and has been exhibiting her work since 1965. In his book The Art Quilt Robert Shaw called her "...one of the most consistent and original of all contemporary quilt makers."
The work of Ms. Lintault has been exhibited at such places as the White House, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the American Crafts Museum, the American Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. She has shown her work in over 275 exhibitions since 1965.
Her work can be found in such collections as the American Crafts Museum and the State of Illinois, as well has in numerous public and private collections.
Born in New York City, Ms. Lintault graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1960 with a degree in Art Education. She has also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University in 1962.
From 1963 to1965 Ms. Lintault worked in the Peace Corps in Quinua and Ayacucho, Peru, in crafts development, where she assisted weavers, knitters, and dyers in improving the quality of their work, introducing fast dyes, and setting up a crafts cooperative. Subsequently, she taught weaving at the Esquela Artisano de Ayacucho, where she designed a four-harness loom, a tapestry loom, and built spinning wheels.
In 1978 Ms. Lintault received an Indo-American Fellowship Research Grant for 9-months study in India. Her project was titled "Textile Co-operatives and Processes of India". She traveled extensively in India in order to observe traditional textile processes. She was also able to observe the function and operation of textile co-operatives and their effects on craftspeople in the village life of India.
In 1984-85 Ms. Lintault received a Fulbright Research Grant for 9-months study in Kyoto, Japan. The grant was titled "The Japanese Art of Kusaki-zome (grass and tree dyes)". The Fulbright research included exploration of the historical background of traditional Japanese dyes and their use with the textile resist techniques of katazome, yuzen, and shibori.
She has taught and lectured on various surface design techniques throughout the USA, Japan, India, China, and Malaysia.
After teaching fibers and textile design for 27 years, Ms. Lintault is
currently living and working in New York State.