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AO – Officer of the Order of Australia
Victorian Quilters Inc. wish to congratulate Jenny Bowker for being awarded an AO for distinguished service to Australia-Middle East cultural relations through the preservation of traditional creative and visual arts, and as a textile artist and educator.
Many Victorian Quilters Inc. members have benefited from Jenny sharing her knowledge over the years.
Jenny has not only promoted Australian quilting both within Australian and internationally for many years, she was also instrumental in bringing the Tent Makers of Egypt to Australia. The benefits of this cultural exchange between Australia and Egypt means that many of us are now proud owners of pieces of work created by Egyptian Tent Makers. Australian quilters continue to visit the Middle East to further explore the textiles created by artists of this region. It should also be noted that as the artists sold their work, it provided them with a means to support their families and increased their sense of self-worth.
It is wonderful that Jenny’s tireless work has been recognized. Congratulations Jenny!
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