The fine art of tent making in Noosa

Tentmakers of Cairo

After a year of largely online lectures, ADFAS (Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society) Noosa, is delighted to return next month with face-to-face lectures delivered by Australian professionals in their field.

The tentmakers of Cairo will be its first lecture in a diverse program of eight lectures to be presented from March to October, ADFAS chair Denise Turkington said.

Denise said the presenters had been chosen for their communication skills and expert knowledge in their field.

Lecturer Julie Bowker lived for four years in Cairo and worked closely with the Egyptian tentmakers – men who do superb fine appliqu¨¦ panels which were originally used to line tents.

“The art is dying and the Tentmaker’s Street which had 247 skilled master in 1979 is now down to 45,“ Julie said. “Collections are not held anywhere in Egypt yet the work is stunning and beautiful.“ Jenny has taken exhibitions to Australia, France and Spain and will talk about the history and development of the Tentmakers’ applique.

The Tentmakers of Cairo lecture will be held at 4pm on Saturday 13 March at St Mary’s Church, 17 William St, Tewantin and conducted in accordance with Queensland Health Covid safe requirements. After the lecture members and guests are invited to meet with the lecturer over a glass of wine and canap¨¦s.

New members and guests/visitors are always welcome. Enquiries should be made to Joan Trusler on 0436 323 776 or E:

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