Marjorie A. Claybrook was born on August 13, 1940. She discovered her passion for quilting in 1977, after attending a quilting class at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. By her own account, Claybrook’s work was influenced by her interest in historic ornament and textiles, and in art as language. The passion Claybrook had for her work is shown through the countless colorful, contemporary quilts she made throughout her life.
Claybrook’s work has been shown in many galleries and fine art exhibitions, and she has been featured in the New York Times. The city of Atlanta bought two of her pieces, which are part of a permanent installation in the International Terminal of the city’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Claybrook also helped organize the Augusta Quilt History Days event in the 1990s.
Claybrook died on July 12, 2011, from a brain tumor. Her work The Black Dhurrie (circa 1984) is part of Georgia’s State Art Collection.