One Wednesday in March Patchaouri held a seminar/workshop on the basics of Patchwork and Quilting at the University of Cyprus. The Primary School Art Teachers Union, inspired by a children's book decided, to create a quilt depicting the culture of Cyprus and donate it to the town of Paphos. For those reading this who do not live in Cyprus, Paphos is the cultural capital of Europe for 2017 and is hosting a variety of events and exhibitions (local and international) throughout the year.
We squeezed a group of enthusiastic teachers into the art room of the university and after a short talk on the history and different styles and techniques of patchwork and quilting we taught them how to hand sew their own basic 9 patch block.
Ideas were discussed and samples shown as to how children could embellish and attach different media and materials to a nine patch block for the larger project the school teachers were about to assign their pupils.
The Paphos 2017 quilt, as we have named it, will be shown for the first time on Wednesday (24th May) at the National Gallery in Nicosia at 5pm. The primary teachers will be holding workshops for any primary children interested in adding their touch to the quilt as advertised.