This Month's Speaker

May – Paula Rafferty – Art Therapy Program Director, Limerick Prison for Men

Trained as a fashion designer, Paula has been working with textiles for many years. Her natural transition into quilting officially began in 2002 after joining the Irish Patchwork Society, when she started attending workshops by local and international teachers. “I really leaned towards Art Quilts and each quilt I created was a learning process, exploring new techniques, finding out which I liked”.

Paula has been a full-time art teacher in Limerick Prison for Men for the last 15 years. “I work mainly in textiles, but over the years I have worked with mosaic and stained glass, felting and various printmaking techniques, drawing and painting. As my own quilting skills have developed, I have passed them on to my students. I believe my enthusiasm for textiles has been passed on to my students, allowing and facilitating them to create work they never thought possible.”

“I started to show the work in quilt shows several years ago and the response has been amazing. It is a privilege to be able to show something positive that comes out of such a negative environment. I believe we are all capable of amazing things; the only thing that stops most of us is our own self-doubt.”

 


 

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