| Jenny Bowker, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Hosam EL Farouk - Paducah 2013|
Photo by Kim Beamish
At the May 18th SAQA meeting, Sheila Frampton-Cooper generously shared several quilts with us from her collection made by the Tentmakers of Cairo. The Tentmakers' work is brightly colored needle turned appliqué traditionally used to line tents or screens, and it is usually men who make it. The workmanship is exquisite. Colors and patterns are awesome.
There has been a lot of buzz recently about the Tentmakers. Australian artist Jenny Bowker learned about them while living in the middle east. Since 2007, she has been working with the Tentmakers to help revitalize this dying art. The American Quilter’s Society (AQS) has become the exclusive U.S. representative for sales of the works of all 18 shops known as The Tentmakers of Cairo. A feature documentary is being made by Australian filmmaker, Kim Beamish. Here is a teaser. For more information please go to the Tentmaker Website.