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FAU Hosts Lecture and Workshop with Master Quilter and Author Louise Silk

BOCA RATON, FL (February 28, 2012) – The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries will host master quilter and author, Louise Silk, for a lecture titled “The Quilting Path: A Guide to Spiritual Discovery through Fabric, Thread and Kabbalah” on Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in FAU’s Wimberly Library’s fifth floor performance space, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Silk also will conduct a workshop titled “Making Quilts with Meaning and Memory” on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network on the Wimberly Library’s fourth floor.

During her lecture, she will discuss the art of quilting with the divine attributes defined by the mystical practice of Kabbalah to experience higher levels of spiritual realization, personal fulfillment and quilting a quality product. Silk uses spiritual themes, photo transfers, recycled clothing and embroidery in her creations. She will focus on learning about oneself through quilt making, the deeper symbolism that can be found in the act of cutting and piecing, and using the activity to find one’s way down a spiritual path.

As part of the workshop, Silk will help participants to transform their meaningful clothing and textiles into a soft usable pillow, tote or quilt. Silk’s appearance is part of FAU’s Kultur Festival 2012, an annual celebration of Jewish culture that runs March 3 to 11 on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. 

Tickets for the lecture cost $10.  To purchase tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit Tuition for the workshop is $95 for the public, $85 for FAU staff and students from other institutions, and $70 for FAU students. To RSVP, visit and click “WORKSHOPS.” Free parking is available in the unnumbered spaces at the Wimberly Library lot or in the nearby parking garage. The numbered parking spaces require payment. For a complete schedule of the eight-day festival, visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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