Jenny’s Bowker quilts tell tales about people in the Middle East

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Jenny Bowker has been named in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours for services to Australia-Middle East cultural relations thanks to her extraordinary works of traditional craft

 

[Through my quilts], I wanted people to look into the eyes of some of the people I knew – who were not well off – and see that they were gentle.”

A Bedouin guide in Egypt’s White Desert in Farafra features in one of Jenny Bowker’s quilts. “People always ask me how long these quilts take to make,” she tells us. “And what they’re really acknowledging and admiring is that I was willing to spend as much as two years on the work. There are things that you can do with fabric, which make it more meaningful, more evocative, more interesting than a painting.”

Ένας οδηγός Βεδουίνων στην Λευκή Έρημο της Αιγύπτου Farafra ποζάρει σε ένα από τα παπλώματα της Jenny Bowker. “Οι άνθρωποι με ρωτούν πάντα πόσο χρόνο χρειάζονται αυτά τα παπλώματα για να φτιαχτούν”, μας λέει. “Και αυτό που πραγματικά αναγνωρίζουν και θαυμάζουν είναι ότι ήμουν πρόθυμη να ξοδέψω δύο χρόνια για το έργο. Υπάρχουν πράγματα που μπορείτε να κάνετε με το ύφασμα, τα οποία το κάνουν πιο σημαντικό, πιο υποβλητικό, πιο ενδιαφέρον από τη ζωγραφική.

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/these-quilts-tell-tales-about-people-in-the-middle-east-and-take-years-to-make-1.748533

 

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