Skrivanek will provide on-site interpreting at the PPM Quilt Show April 22-23. Interpreter Adela Polakova will interpret from French into both Czech and English, live at a demonstration of the traditional Korean Pojagi quilting style at the Brno Exhibition Center. Workshop participants will have a chance to try two techniques taught by the quilting artist Maryse Allard, from France, and Adela’s interpreting is required for their understanding of how to do the craft.
The Pojagi techniques that will be taught utilize semi-transparent fabrics that form finished products made even more beautiful by the play of light through their weaves. Maryse Allard offers a beginner’s kit containing white and burgundy organdy fabric pieces to make it easier to create a traditional Korean Pojagi quilt piece.
Skrivanek’s Adela Polakova will use the consecutive interpreting style to translate the instructor’s French for Czech and English participants, first in one language and then the other. The way consecutive interpreting works is that the speaker completes their sentence, or a few sentences, pauses, and then the interpreter translates. This style is preferred over simultaneous interpreting in situations like this where the audience and speaker form a fairly small group and the speaker needs to be allowed to think and speak without the interference of interpreting.
Simultaneous interpreting, on the other hand, is the style in which the interpreter – often with audio technology from a translation booth– translates for their target audience at the same time that the speaker is talking. Their interpretation follows just a few words behind, so they are listening with one part of their brain and translating with another. This challenging style of interpreting is also commonly used in news broadcasting.
Skrivanek offers whatever style of interpreting or combination of styles that you need, for over 80 languages. When we have a request for a specialized event like the PPM Quilt Show, we make certain the interpreter that we assign has the subject matter understanding required, in addition to native language fluency and the kind of social skills that add professionalism to the events they are part of.
The PPM Quilt Show was held in Prague until 2019. At that time, it was shut down for two years because of Covid19, and since last year it has been held in Brno. The largest show of combined textile techniques in Central and Eastern Europe, the event offers numerous workshops, and an area of 6,000 square meters will be used to exhibit 900 collections of mostly wall quilts by 400 artists from around the world. A third of this large space is occupied by vendors of fabrics, textile accessories, sewing machines, and many other supplies for textile artists.
J. V. McShulskis