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Full NameMichael James
First NameMichael
Last NameJames
Birth NameMichael James
Birth CityNew Bedford
Birth CountryUSA
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJudith Dionne
No Of Children1
Height173 cm
Date of BirthJune 13,1949
Age71 years

What Is The Net Worth Of Michael James?

Michael James is an American artist, educator, author and lecturer with a net worth of around $100,000 to $1 million. He is best known as a leader of the art quilt movement that began in the 1970s and is currently the chair and professor of textiles, merchandising and fashion design in the University of Nebraska.   

He is a pioneer of striped-pieced quilts art style and the one to bring it back in modern-day art.  

Net Worth Details: Income Sources And Career

There were a few people who still practiced quiltmaking, having been fallen out of fashion after the Second World War Michael James turned to The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting by Marguerite Ickis for inspiration and information.

He got featured in Quilter’s Newsletter in 1974, the only quiltmaking magazine in the 70s, after which he earned teaching posts in Bristol Community College and DeCordova Museum in Lincoln.  

Michael James' Metamorphosis
Michael James' Metamorphosis

Trying to motivate other quilters to also become more innovative, James wrote a letter to the editor of Quilter’s Newsletter which got published in April of 1976. He urged new quiltmakers to find their own designs rather than follow the same traditional pattern.

The letter continued, "We have reached the point in the present quilting revival where a great deal of discrimination as regards what is 'good' quiltmaking and quilt design must come into play." This caused a great deal of debate in the community, most of whom defended the views and bars set by traditional quiltmakers. 

He held his first solo quilts exhibition in 1977 in Massachusetts at Bridgewater State College. His pieces included: Tossed SaladRazzle DazzleElaborated Tangram, and Night Sky I. This helped propel his quiltmaking career lending to his fame in the art community.

He traveled across colleges and institutes giving short intensive workshops and is currently the chair of fashion in the University of Nebraska where he earns his salary as a professor as well where the average salary is $50,000. He has a distinct style that is known as “strip-piecing”.

He stated about the quilt-making community:

I feel that quilt makers who wish to move away from copying traditional design or to begin to create their own original imagery need desperately to begin to build a background in general art history, and in the language of design and of color. No artist can develop without this grasp of the language and vocabulary of art.

He has also toured multiple parts of the world showing off his pieces in exhibitions and art-shows and written two quilt making handbooks: 

  1. The Quiltmaker’s Handbook-$22
  2. The Second Quiltmaker’s Handbook-$26

Some other American designers are Jeffrey Sebelia, Amanda Bynes and Jessica Simpson.

Michael’s House And Cars

We don’t know what cars he drives or where he lives, but considering his net worth and fame, he probably lives in a luxurious house driving luxurious cars.  

Charity And Tax

Michael might have donated his pieces to schools or held charity event shows but the details are unknown. Considering the average salary at the University of Nebraska is $ 50,000, the tax comes to be around $2,000. 

The Personal Life Of Michael James

James was the eldest of 7 children born to an English-French Canadian family in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 13, 1949. 

Michael James Quilt Artist
Michael James Quilt Artist

He attended high school in St. Anthony’s Christian community in 1967. He enrolled at Southeastern Massachusetts University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1971. 


He married Judith Dionne, a fellow art student from his college years in around the early 1970s. He has a son with Judith named Trevor. 

Age & Height

Michael James is 70 years old and stands 5 feet 9 inches or 173.  

Updated On Wed Sep 04 2019 Published On Wed Sep 04 2019 By Sparsh