Happiness - An Exhibition of Quilts May 25th - June 26th
St Patrick’s Mental Health will host an exhibition of quilts from May 25th to June 26th 2015 to coincide with Ireland’s first National Quilting Week. Members of Modern Quilters Ireland will showcase a variety of quilts with the theme of ‘Happiness’ in the art space within St. Patrick’s University Hospital during this time. Please join the Art Committee at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday June 4th at 4.00pm where Paula Rafferty and Cindy Coleman from the quilting community will formally launch the exhibition.
Quilting can be traced back to Egyptian times and historically, it was a social activity that farmers’ wives would do together. More recently quilting has been used as a creative and inspirational form of crafting which has adapted and diversified successfully to changing societal needs. Today, many people use quilting as a leisure activity because they find it pleasurable, rewarding and it provides an opportunity to convey their creativity. Quilting can be undertaken by anyone regardless of age or gender. Beginners and experienced quilters can derive enjoyment from the process of designing a project, selecting the fabrics and creating something unique and special. Quilting allows people to experiment with colour, design and texture. The completed quilting piece gives the maker a great sense of accomplishment and delight as well as a functional, useful item. (Discover the Joys of Quilting, 2006)