Past – Present: Indigo, Denim, and the History of Resistance

An Artist Talk with Sandra Lee Chandler



Join Tatter for a talk with celebrated maker and artist, Sandra Lee Chandler. Sandra will share her creative process and research on the cultural practices, symbols, and resistance born from indigo and denim that inspire her repurposed quilts and wearable art. From the colonial era to present day, Sandra will spotlight the significant contributions of African Americans that continue to guide the materiality of her work and extraordinary craft.

Thursday, April 4th, 2024


5 pm – 6:30 pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the week before the lecture


Tickets for this event are sold on a sliding scale beginning at $10 with a suggested donation of $25, but if you wish to pay less or more than the suggested donation, you may select a different amount from the drop down menu. As always, we are grateful for your support, which ensures the continuation and preservation of textile knowledge. Thank you for making this series possible. 

Tatter Library is a registered 501(c)3. Our speaker series is part of our community programming and proceeds support the continued success of our talks with artists, scholars, and historians we admire. For this event, all ticket proceeds will go towards keeping this series alive. 


If you would like to apply for a scholarship spot, please email [email protected] with a short letter with insight into your creative journey and how you think this lecture might support your growth


This lecture will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.

Sandra Lee Chandler

Sandra Lee Chandler’s quilt journey started over 30 years ago and she continues to be inspired by the myriad of fabrics and techniques that she has learned over time.

She is known for her repurposed denim quilts and quilted garments, and has presented numerous lectures and workshops across the country. In addition to her core materials for quilting including thread and fabric, she often employs recycled denim, yarns, dyed fabrics, and stamps to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Sandra embarked on her teaching career 38 years ago at Santa Ana Community College and now teaches a weekly virtual quilting class at Saddleback Community College. She’s presented her work at Quilt Canada (2022), Stitches at Home (2022), Stitches West (2022), Quiltcon (2019 & 2021), Craft Napa (2019 & 2021), Squam (2020) and the Festival of Quilts in England (2018), among others.

Her work has also been published in magazines including, Threads (2021), Quilt Now (2020), Sew Magazine (2020), American Quilt Magazine (2020/0, Quiltfolk (2019) and several times in Simply Moderne, Altered Couture, Haute Handbags, and Apron-ology just to name a few. Her TV appearances on “The Quilt Show” and “Quilting Arts” have aided in launching her career to new highs.

She was born in Los Angeles and raised in Orange County, California where she lived until 2023 when she decided to move to Nashville, TN. Sandra holds a B.S. in Clothing, Textiles and Design from Arizona State University.


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