Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sochi Patchwork

Have you been watching the Sochi Olympic Games? (Go, Canada!)
Have you noticed these?
I am smitten with the patchwork of Sochi, and determined to figure out how to create my own!  I've been scouring the Internet to get the best images so I can figure how to do it.
So far, I have come up with the following images:
Source as above

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And pinned a bunch more (you can follow me on pinterest under Terri Fisher)

From one of Bosco's (the designer) websites

"The Olympic patchwork quilt, developed by Bosco’s creative department and given to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, will be the official Look of Russia’s first Winter Games.

Our goal was to represent a diverse range of emotions and feelings, connecting concepts like Motherland, Family, Culture, Time, Olympism, Peace, Nobility, Friends, Memory, Honour, Dreams, Beauty, Freedom, Pride, Warmth, Happiness, Greatness, Reliability, Victory, Creativity, Hospitality, Creation, Future, Russia, Planet Earth.

Every region in the world is proud of its unique origins, and it is no different in Russia. That is why there are so many different local traditions, songs and crafts that highlight the individuality of their creators, each valuable in its own right. Bosco had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.

In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia’s 89 regions: in a single tapestry we combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian patterns. That is how we arrived at a modern, distinctive and unmistakeably Russian Look of the Games."

I also found this explanation of why diamond shapes were chosen:

The Russian Diamond

The Games Vision consists of nine core elements, or values, brought together under the heading «The Russian Diamond»:
  • Excellence
  • Efficiency
  • Integration
  • Hospitality
  • Unity
  • Uniqueness
  • Respect
  • Legacy
  • Harmony
Just don't get me started on how well the Russian government has represented those values.

Now I'm off to figure out how I am going to make this!

1 comment:

  1. I just saw a link to this on and think it may be the right one for me. . .


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