Renowned American quilt designer, political activist and AIDS campaigner, Mary Fisher, will be one of the leading attractions at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show, Ireland’s largest textile and craft event which takes place in the RDS, Dublin, from October 31 to November 3.
Fisher, who contracted the HIV virus from her second husband and who has helped fight the AIDS stereotype, will be in Dublin with her spectacular exhibition “Messages”.
An advocate for vulnerable women, Fisher made headlines in August 1992 when she delivered a speech to the Republican Convention now ranked as one of the 100 greatest American speeches in the 20th Century. She founded the non-profit organisation CARE, (Clinical AIDS Research and Education Fund), in 1996.
This year’s Knitting & Stitching Show is expected to attract 25,000 people and will feature a unique combination of shops and inspirational galleries. More than 400 companies, many selling specialist supplies you can’t find in shops in Ireland, will take part. There will also be up to 200 workshops where people can learn hairpin crochet, quilting, braid making and other skills.
A total of 16 professionally curated galleries will showcase the work of well top textile artists from Ireland and all over the world, including Mary Fisher, Dorothy Caldwell, Tillke Schwarz, Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn and The Irish Patchwork Society.
Helen Marriott of the Knitting and Stitching Show said they are very excited to have Mary Fisher exhibit in Dublin this year. “She has sent powerful political messages all over the world through her work which draws on unique global experiences and the indomitable spirit of the human condition. She uses jewellery, painting, weaving, photography and quilting to express herself and to send memorable messages.”