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Jenny Bowker

Jenny Bowker

Pack and Follow

Friday, July 12, 2024

Jenny talks about her quilts – and how they tell the stories of her life and her travels married to an Australian diplomat. They vary from Australian landscapes, portraits of her friends, both Arab and Australian, quilts that convey joy – and sadness – and playing with simple patchwork to create complex images.

About the Speaker:

I have been working in Textiles since 1997 - from the time I finished a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual) and decided to make just one quilt.

My background - life before quilts - was in science. I am moving towards a melding of my fine art work and my textile work. I am interested in the way pattern comes into many parts of our lives and often include some geometrical piecing in my work as I think it keeps me technically on my toes and provides a key for traditional quilters to link to my work.

I have four children and a very supportive husband who worked as a diplomat for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. While following him I lived a total of fifteen years in Arab and Islamic countries. This might seem irrelevant to quilting, but has influenced my subject matter and much of my work reflects my love of the Middle East. I have lived in Syria, Western Samoa, Malaysia, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Egypt.

I teach and really enjoy it. There is no greater delight than to offer tools to a quilter who wants to make original work but doesn't know how to access her own ideas.


Workshops offered by speaker:

No workshops available

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