The message of love is a timeless one. This year it was the theme of the Omega Peace Quilt, an annual collaborative art project created at our Rhinebeck, New York, campus.
Since 2005, fabric artist Helema Kadir has led seasonal community members and staff through the process of creating the quilt. It is an opportunity for creative expression and the chance to participate in a community-building experience focused on an uplifting theme.
The inspiration for this year’s subject came from an art project created by local artist Regina Cosio, who made a set of postcards each simply printed with the word Love, followed by a period. Kadir says she loved the art project and spoke with Cosio to apply it into this year's Peace Quilt.
The 2016 Love. quilt reflects the diversity of Omega's seasonal community members and staff with the word "love" represented in Greek, Russian, Gaelic, Swahili, American Sign Language, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, and even Morse code.
Along with quilts from previous years, the Love. quilt will be on display in the Dining Hall in 2017 when Omega's Rhinebeck campus re-opens in May. But you don't have to wait until then to see the quilts. You can check out this year's quilt as well as quilts from previous years, and read more about the history of the project now.
© 2016 Omega Institute for Holistic Studies