Recently, I received word that one of my quilts, All That Jazz, had been selected for inclusion in the Kenya Arts Diary. The Kenya Arts Diary is a kind of calendar/yearbook that works like any hardcopy scheduler, but features the work of Kenya's finest artists.
I was stunned to learn that my work now fits that classification. Never before has a patchwork quilt been considered as "art" in Kenya. Getting one piece included in the Kenya Arts Diary opens the door for other patchwork quilt artists (yes, we have several talented artists in the Kenya Quilt Guild) to have their work featured in coming years. More importantly, each textile artist will begin at long last to receive the acknowledgment and respect for their talents that each one deserves!
Yesterday, I received two invitations: one to attend the opening of the Kenya Arts Diary exhibition at Alliance Française in Nairobi on October 18, and the other to a reception on behalf of the Kenya Arts Diary at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung on November 2.
I'm thrilled to be honoured by having made the first ever patchwork quilt accepted into the Kenya Arts Diary as a work of art, and looking forward to attending both events!
Paraphrased from the Heinrich Böll invitation comes this brief history of the Kenya Arts Diary:
Nani Croze and I have known of each other's work for many years, but due to the difficulties of time and space in Kenya we have spent very little time in each other's company--a shame! It will be good to see her again at these two upcoming events. Learn more about Nani and her remarkable glass art here.
I also look forward to meeting the other artists whose work has been featured in the 2019 Kenya Arts Diary, as well as those whose sponsorship and support make the Kenya Arts Diary possible!