I know we are half way through the Winter Olympics at Sochi, but I wanted to share my delight at seeing Quilting playing such a prominant role. From the designs on the competitors bibs to the officials uniforms, Even some teams are getting in on the quilting theme.
This is the press release from the Sochi Games
Our goal was to represent a diverse range of emotions and feelings, connecting concepts like Motherland, Familym Culture, Time, Olympism, Peace, Nobility, Fiends, Memory, Honour, Dreams, Beauty, Freedom, Pride, Warmth, Happiness, Greatness, Reliability, Victory, Creativity,Hospitality, Creation, Future, Russia, Planet Earth.
Every region in the world is proud of its unique origins, and it is no different in Russia. That is why there are so many different local traditions, songs and crafts that highlight the individuality of their creators, each valuable in its own right. Bosco had a wealth of choices to represent Russia's rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.
In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia's 89 regions: in a single tapestry we combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian patterns. That is how we arrived at a modern, distinctive and unmistakably Russian Look of the Games.
What a wonderfully diverse country
It just goes to show there is inspiration and creativity all around us.