Jo Fitsell – Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon

“Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon”

The only way to healthily get out of a cocoon or “comfort zone” is to pull on the threads from the inside. In some ways you must eat your way out, slowly devouring or discarding everything you built up to protect yourself. If someone tries to break in and force you out before you are ready, you die. Nature is both beautiful and brutal. It will try anything once.

This talk will […]

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Rachel Clark – Not Just Another Coat

A showing of the coats and jackets created to celebrate Rachel’s “Year of the Coat.”

Rachel’s year of the coat looks like it may become the decade of the coat and Rachel will share some of her most recent garments as well as her old favorites.

About Rachel:

Rachel D.K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginning with her great-grandmother. She has been doing wearable art since 1973 and teaching on the […]

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Dorothy Caldwell – In Place

Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long-time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices, and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dying, printing, and stitching. Current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter, and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario, […]

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Deidre Adams – Conquering Doubt: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Inner Critic

“Is my work any good?” “Do I really have anything to say?” “Even if I do, does anyone care?” “Is my work my own, is it authentic?” “Do these colors go together?” Most, if not all, of us have experienced doubts about our work. It’s a natural part of our growth as artists, but it can be limiting if we aren’t prepared to deal with it. Deidre Adams will talk about her own artistic pathway and strategies for dealing […]

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Carol Ann Waugh | How Did I Get Here from There?

03Carol spent the first 35 years of her professional life in the publishing industry.  One day, she woke up to the fact that her business world was changing and she needed to find a new career.  At the age of 61, Carol knew that her chances of getting hired were nil (but who wanted to work for anyone anyway???)

So, four years ago, she decided to re-invent herself as a professional fiber artist — with a goal of making a living from creating art.  (OK, she was the co-author of 3 books on quilt making, — published in the late seventies and early eighties — so seriously, she had some credentials!)

She is now a successful full-time artist and owner of  aBuzz Gallery — a contemporary art gallery in the RiNo District of Denver.  Who knew???

With her attitude of “If I can do it, so can you!”,  Carol will share all the secrets she has learned during her journey and an answer all your questions about her work, her processes, and yes, her secrets for success.

Be prepared to laugh as Carol takes us on her creative journey. 

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CANCELLED Jean Herman Using the Masters for Inspiration

Meeting has been cancelled due to weather

Jean is a fiber, mixed media artist from Denver, Colorado.  She has been working and refining this technique in her art quilts over the past five years.  Jean has had several one woman shows and has shown her work  at Visions Museum, where her piece ‘Katherine a la Picasso” won “The 2014 Brakensiek Caught Our Eye Award” and her piece “Krishna Brings the Rain took 2nd place at The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Evolutions 2012 Show

Gay Lasher | The Digital Thread

“Change is the only constant in life.” That’s what the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said and what Gay believes.

Dangerous_Curves-fullChange and transformation are the themes that unite most of Gay’s work. She uses digital photography and the magic of Adobe Photoshop to transform ordinary photographs into abstract compositions with intense color. Black thread stitching outlines shapes and helps create a highly textured and sculptural surface.

A Denver “native” since 1969, Gay’s life has zigzagged from initial interests in the classics and biology to art expressions in weaving, batik and art photography to a clinical psychology practice and finally to art quilting in 2003.

Gay’s art quilts have been represented in numerous local and national shows including Quilt National ’11, Art Quilt Elements and Radical Elements. She has had a solo show at aBuzz Gallery in 2013 and is slated for solo shows this year in April at NCAR in Boulder and aBuzz Gallery in September. Her work has appeared in many publications including recently in Textile Art Around the World and Textile Plus magazine.

 

 

Deidre Adams – Conquering Doubt: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Inner Critic

adams“Is my work any good?” “Do I really have anything to say?” “Even if I do, does anyone care?” “Is my work my own, is it authentic?” “Do these colors go together?” Most, if not all, of us have experienced doubts about our work. It’s a natural part of our growth as artists, but it can be limiting if we aren’t prepared to deal with it. Deidre Adams will talk about her own artistic pathway and strategies for dealing with things that hold us back from enjoying our full potential as artists.

 Bio:

Colorado artist Deidre Adams works with paint, textiles, paper, and found objects. She spends her days obsessively building up marks, scribbles, stitches, scratches, and tears into densely layered surfaces. She is also a photographer, primarily drawn to textures and surfaces bearing the markings of weather and other external forces. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Adams is influenced by the light and color of the southwestern landscape and its beautiful but unforgiving environment. Effects of time and transformation are a recurring theme in her abstract paintings and textile work, which focus on the exploration of shape, color, texture, and mark-making.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo.) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems & Management Science and an Associate of Science in graphic design. After having worked for years in administration and graphic design while concurrently pursuing her artistic development, she left the corporate world in 2008 to devote herself full time to her artwork. She went back to school to pursue a second degree, this time in art, completing her BFA in 2010. Her work has been shown extensively in juried and invitational exhibitions and gallery shows. She is represented in private, public, and corporate collections, including the Wichita (Kansas) Center for the Arts, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort in Lake Tahoe, California, Metro State University in Denver, as well as numerous corporate offices, libraries, and health care 

 

Dorothy Caldwell – In Place

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Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long-time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices, and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dying, printing, and stitching. Current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter, and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario, and the places where she travels. Dorothy will tell the the stories of her fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, the Australian outback, and rural Japan and India. By using materials collected in the field, whether far away or close to home, the pieced, layered, and stitched surfaces tangibly absorb and reflect her artistic journey.

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.

 

 

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Call for Entry – Rejuvenation

“REJUVENATION” at First United Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado

August 28th to September 24th, 2016.  

Entry Open – July 5

Entry Due ––July 20, extended to July 27th

Notification of selected work – Aug 8

Delivery of Art to FRCQ by August Meeting – Aug 15

Exhibit Description:  Rejuvenation:  What does it mean to you?  How do you rejuvenate?  Where do we witness Rejuvenation in nature?

“Definitions:  To make young, healthy, or energetic again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance.  To restore to a former state; make fresh or new again: to give new strength or energy to something.”

The show will hang at First United Methodist Church located at 1421 Spruce Street in Boulder, Colorado from Aug 28th to September 24th, 2016

As usual, each member may enter up to 3 pieces.

Juror –  Vicki Carlson, Quilt Artist from Fort Collins and a member of FRCQ

More details click here rejuvenation

To enter, go here http://frcqentry.org

 

 

Rachel Clark – Not Just Another Coat

A showing of the coats and jackets created to celebrate Rachel’s “Year of the Coat.”

Rachel’s year of the coat looks like it may become the decade of the coat and Rachel will share some of her most recent garments as well as her old favorites.

About Rachel:

Rachel D.K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginning with her great-grandmother. She has been doing wearable art since 1973 and teaching on the national circuit since 1990. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work.

While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement, it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. She has done many one-woman shows around the country and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as Threads, and “The Quilting Quarterly” on HGTV’s Simply Quilts.

Rachel has designed her own pattern line, RDKC Patterns. This line includes the Picture This Coat, “Picture This” Vest and the A-Line Coat. She has also has two wall quilt patterns called Scrap Happy and “Picture This” Nigerian Appliqué.

 

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Jo Fitsell – Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon

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“Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon”

The only way to healthily get out of a cocoon or “comfort zone” is to pull on the threads from the inside. In some ways you must eat your way out, slowly devouring or discarding everything you built up to protect yourself. If someone tries to break in and force you out before you are ready, you die. Nature is both beautiful and brutal. It will try anything once.

This talk will draw comparisons between the natural world and the artistic path. It will highlight some of Jo’s recent work and her excursion to the woods of Massachusetts in which she spent six days in nature with teacher, mentor and artist, Peter London. Students from Jo’s “Daring Greatly” class will discuss their process with mentorship and moving out of comfort zones. Plenty of actual pieces will be presented for viewing.

Jo Fitsell is an artist working with fiber, paper, paint and the stitched line. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Locally, her artwork is at Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, and The Denver Seminary. Jo currently teaches at The Art Students League in Denver and is a “Think 360” artist-in-resident and has had many rewarding collaborations with young people. She is one of the founders of the vital and exciting organization, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Interweave Press has published her new DVD on Marbling “Marbled Fabric Surface Design.” Jo helped The Denver Art Museum set up The Thread Studio. www.jofitsell.com

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January 17 2011 – Tom Lundberg

Fear, Comfort, and Mortality: Fiber in Contemporary Art

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Tom Lundberg, professor of art at Colorado State University, presents a survey of contemporary art that incorporates textile methods and materials. The lecture looks at how textile traditions are reinterpreted and expanded in a wide variety of expressive forms.

Microcosms, a traveling exhibition of Lundberg’s work spanning 20 years, was on view during 2009 at the Knitting and Stitching Show expos in England and Ireland, and in 2010 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In May and June 2011, he will teach in CSU’s Study Abroad program in Tuscany.

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Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014

Juried Contemporary Fiber Art and Art Quilt Exhibition
Web-based Exhibit, FRCQ Website, March 1 through December 31, 2015

Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014 is a web based exhibit open to members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters. The annual show is the home page feature for FRCQ and is used to display the best work of it’s members completed in 2014.

Jurors: Greg Katz, Melody Randol, Carol Ann Waugh.
Jurors are all past presidents of FRCQ and accomplished artists.

 

Celebrate 25 Years of FRCQ

Dairy Center, Boulder Colorado
January 24 – March 7, 2014

The exhibit catalog is available at http://www.blurb.com/b/5066405-celebrating-25-years-of-frcq.  This catalog can be ordered in print or as an e-book

 

BIG

BIG ExhibitJuly 5 – mid-August, 2012
Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood Campus
Marvin Buckels Library
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The juror for the show is Judith Trager, an internationally known quilt artist whose work has appeared in many major exhibitions including Quilt National, Art Quilts at the Sedgewick, Crafts National, The Quilted Surface, and the International Quilt Festival. Judith’s highly sought-after work is in many public, museum, corporate, and private collections.

Copies of the exhibit catalog are available for purchase on Blurb.com.

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Dorothy Caldwell – Human Marks

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_Workshop:  Human Marks

Dates: September 15-18, 2016, Thursday – Sunday

Location: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Cost: $265 + $40 supply fee

The marks we make record time and human energy. In this workshop, working with paper and cloth, we will examine different kinds of marks, including stitching, drawn and painted marks, and more unconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these techniques will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that, through time and repetition, evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms. Participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments by applying them to their own materials and imagery.

 Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.

Supply fee of $40 is paid directly to instructor on the first day of class.

Workshop has filled. Please email workshops@frcq.org to be placed on the waiting list.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) website.

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The term ‘FRCQ’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered mailing address is PO Box 351551, Westminster CO 80035-1551. Our company is a 501c3 registered non-profit operating in the state of Colorado. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

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Urban Rhythms

Call for Entries Art Gallery at the DPAC and Backstage Coffee

Theme:  Urban Rhythm

Urban:  in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town.

Rhythm:  Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions.

The Art Gallery at the DPAC and Backstage Coffee is located at 1000 14th St. 1B-1, Colorado.  The show will hang from April 24th through July 10th, 2016.

Opening Reception: May 6th  (7:30 – 11 p.m.)

Artist Talk: May 17 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) Gay Lasher, Susan Brooks, Barb Olson and Katie Fowler

 

 

Quilts – Past, Present and Future

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden Colorado
May 1 – July 29, 2014

This show demonstrates the progression of art quilting from historical quilts selected from the RMQM archive to the work created by today’s fiber artists.  Eight quilts from the archives are hung with 30 modern pieces with comparisons related to color, design, intent, theme. 

The exhibit catalog is available in print or e-book at Blurb. Get the EXHIBIT CATALOG »

 

Retreat

FRCQ will be hosting a play weekend retreat on Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Meals and Bedding included

Cost is $140.00

All rooms are bunk style

Door prizes and Demos will be given throughout the weekend

Bring any project and materials you need to use, bring your sewing machines, plenty of fabric to share, a piece you have wanted to finish or any other play art supplies for a fun-filled weekend. Please remember if your project requires paint to bring plenty of floor protection. NO Fabric Dying is permitted onsite.

Alcohol is not permitted.

If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know with a note on paypal when you enroll, using the add note for seller. If you have a specific roommate in mind, please note that as well using the add note for seller area.

Click here to sign up!

How to Get There

Bear Trap Ranch is located just 30 minutes outside of the center of downtown Colorado Springs, only six miles beyond the Broadmoor Resort on Old Stage Road. Although Bear Trap Ranch is the closest retreat center of its size to downtown Colorado Springs, once on the property there is a distinct sense of being truly remote–a place of wonder, beauty, peacefulness and adventure with a deep sense of home.

Bear Trap Ranch
8655 Old Stage Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906                               

When using GPS to plan your trip to Bear Trap Ranch, use coordinates:   

38.739662;   -104.915361

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Rachel Clark – Clothing for Body and Soul

2 day workshop October 17th and 18th (Monday and Tuesday) 10 am – 4:30 pmclark

Location: Tomorrow’s Heirlooms 12031 Tejon Street., Suite #200 Westminster, CO 80234 http://tomorrows-heirlooms.com/

Cost: $120

 

 

In this workshop, students will create a garment or small quilt that will “speak” for them.  Using a traditional or contemporary pattern, each student will be encouraged to create a one-of- a-kind work that will reflect individual personality or ethnicity, make a social or political statement, and/or express humor.  A variety of construction and embellishment techniques will be explored. Students may work with just one color, or many contrasting prints or solids, and/or experiment with textures. With the addition of buttons, beads, bells, baubles, braids, ribbons, and/or lace, each student’s work will make a unique and individual statement. In this multi-day class students will initially focus on design, fabric selection, layout, and techniques.  Rachel will work with students first to facilitate the design phase and then move on to construction.  Students will be encouraged to work at their own pace with one-on- one input from Rachel throughout the process.

Participants Should Bring:

12-20 print or solid fabrics (you are welcome to bring more) in 1/4 – 3/4 yard pieces NOTE: PRESHRINK ALL FABRICS

Embellishments to enhance your piece

Sewing Machine and Extension cord

Basic sewing kit and tape

Pens, pencils, note pad or writing paper

Pattern or tracing paper

Rotary cutter and mat

Sense of adventure and humor!

Garment makers also need: A basic garment pattern that fits you (Rachel’s patterns will also be available for $15).

Base fabric (muslin or flannel) 4 yards

Lining for garment

February 21 2011 – Silent Critique

Silent Critique of FRCQ’s Connecting Threads Exhibit

Facilitator: Mary McCauley

“CREATION” Health

“CREATION” Health – Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s Healing Arts Program

January 1 2015 – November, 2015

The show is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s Healing Arts Program. The exhibit will travel for 10 months and rotate throughout the five Denver Adventist Hospitals: Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Avista Adventist Hospital. 

The mission of the Healing Arts program is integration of the arts into healthcare, creating an environment not just to treat illness, but to provide an inspiration for living.

This exhibit will feature contemporary fiber art inspired by “CREATION” Health.

“CREATION” Health is about wellness and serves as an acronym for full health. This model is the core of the Adventist Health System’s understanding of health and healing.   The program promotes learning to live the 8 essentials of optimum physical, mental and spiritual health:

“C” – choice
“R” – reset (relaxation)
“E” – environment
“A” – activity
“T” – trust
“I” – interpersonal relationships
“O” – outlook
“N” – nutrition

 

Deborah Fell – Paint, Stitch, Create Quilts

Deborah Fell

September 17-19, 2015 at the Longmont Museum

Deborah Fell REGISTRATION

Sign up and pay online here

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If you’re looking for a workshop to stretch you gently out of your comfort zone, this class provides the perfect opportunity.

Work with a different approach, a different format, and different materials to create pieces of art on a new level. Using pads of canvas paper, you will create small art quilts that can work in a series. Emphasis will be on using design elements—line, shape, color—to make each piece relate to the others. A variety of techniques/materials will be employed, including paint, layering, mixed media, stamps and stencils, paper, found objects, stitching, and organic mark-making.

Portfolio 2016 – Best of 2015

Portfolio 2016, Best of 2015

 Web-based Exhibit, FRCQ Website, January 1 through December 31, 2016

 Portfolio 2016 – Best of 2015 is a web based exhibit open to members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters.  The annual show is the home page feature for the FRCQ website and is used to display the best work completed by its members in 2015.

Juror -

Deborah Fell

 

Jette Clover – Master Class: Finding Your Voice

jette cloverJETTE CLOVER

MASTER CLASS: FINDING YOUR VOICE

 On-Line: January-October 2017

Face-to-Face: October 17-19, 2017

About This Master Class:

FRCQ is offering an unusual and exciting opportunity for its members who are accomplished art quilters to turbocharge their art! Students will explore what they want to express, with which materials and techniques, and how to bring it all together into good compositions, guided by internationally renowned art quilter, Jette Clover.

Students will be given a theme to explore in their art over a period of nine months and will create at least three finished pieces. Students will receive  eight monthly lessons via email; each month the lesson will cover a topic such as line, color, texture, value, working in a series, etc., and suggest exercises, assignments, and tips for websites and videos to watch. Students will work independently in their own tempo, and take from the monthly lessons what they can use and what they have time for. The lessons are meant to establish good artistic work habits, spark creativity, and encourage the development of a body of work.

In the ninth month we will meet ‘live’ for a 3-day session. Students will be expected to bring finished work and a workbook with their research and ideas about their theme. The session focus will be on group discussions as well as one-on-one time with the teacher, who will work individually with each student to define goals, provide supportive and useful critique, and stimulate the development of a personal voice. We will deal with composition and how to achieve balance between form and content. The students will learn how to give as well as receive critiques in a positive way. We will further deal with how to present oneself as an artist and how to prepare for an exhibition.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist. She is also an art historian, and worked for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Jette has lived and worked in the US, the Netherlands, and, currently, in Belgium.

http://www.jetteclover.com/Jette_Clover/Home.html

REGISTRATION:

Dates: January-October, 2017, on-line

October 17-19, 2017  face-to-face (Tuesday-Thursday)

Face-to-Face Session Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $400

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on September 17, 2016; course begins January 2017

 

 

Jane Dunnewold – Fleeting Images: Impermanent Processes for Silk Screen Printing + Exploring Creativity Strength Training

Matisse's BirdfeederSpend two days exploring the versatility of  the traditional silkscreen.  These impermanent processes allow numerous printings of an image, but when the screen is washed at the end of the session, the image is removed.  Techniques will include flour paste, soy wax, Aquarelle crayon and Inktense blocks, and thickened dyes.  

Spend our third day together immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program.  This is lots of fun but is also instructive!  Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself.  Dismantle your Committee.  Play and work simultaneously!  No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!  

Two sessions will be offered:  May 12-14, 2017  (American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO) and May 16-18, 2017 (Altona Grange, Longmont, CO).

Details coming soon.

 

March 21 2011 – Ann Johnston

ann-johnston-broadclothTexture and Relief for Quilters
Ann Johnston, www.annjohnston.net

March 21, 2011

Ann Johnston is artist who followed several careers before discovering her passion for dyeing fabric and then stitching it.  She has a B.A. in literature from Stanford University and a M.A. in geography from the University of Oregon.  She taught new math for the Peace Corp in Peru and raised two sons with her husband Jim.  She lives, teaches workshops, and creates art from her home and studio in Oregon.

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FRCQ RETREAT

FRCQ is hosting a fall retreat at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

709 County Road 62 Divide, CO 80814

Friday – Sunday

Check in 4 pm on Friday Nov 13, 2015

Check out at 11 am on Sunday Nov 15, 2015

Bring your sewing machines, plenty of fabric to share, a piece you have wanted to finish and any other play things for a fun filled weekend with a group of wonderful women!

There are two options for rooms and roommates. There are 11 doubles and 2 quadruples. Price includes lodging for two nights, Friday dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.

Online registration will begin on Tuesday Sept 1, 2015.

Price is per person, size listed is size of room!

A double is $117 for the weekend. A quad is $87 for the weekend.

When you pay via paypal, please include a note under “note to seller” indicating if you want vegetarian meals. Also include a note if you have a roommate preference. (make sure your roommate does the same)

To register for a bed in a double, pay here.

To register for a bed in a quad, pay here – full, no longer available

Please read and understand the cancellation policy listed at the top of the website before signing up.

If you have questions, please email Char Davis at newskills@frcq.org

Jette Clover – Text and Textile

Metropolis 6 41x40JETTE CLOVER WORKSHOP

Text and Textile

Friday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

October 13-15, 2017

About This Workshop:

The primary focus of this workshop is to explore language as a means of visual communication. We will use text and handwriting as key elements of design and find new ways to combine words and images to add meaning to art work. We will work with non-traditional “tools” for writing and make use of drawing, painting, stamping, stenciling, rubbing, printing, and a variety of transfer techniques to apply text to cloth.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist whose work reflects her passion for text and lettering.  She started out as a journalist on a daily newspaper, cementing her relationship to text. She then was an art historian, working for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.

http://www.jetteclover.com/Jette_Clover/Home.html

REGISTRATION:

Workshop:  Text and Textile

Dates: October 13-15 (Friday-Sunday)

Location: American Mountaineering Center,  710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $195 + $5 materials fee

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on July 17, 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

April 18 2011 – Jean Herman

jean-herman-artThe Evolution of an Artist, a Circular Path
Jean Herman, www.jeanherman.com

April 18, 2011

All artists’ grow and change as life experiences influence their art.  Jean believes that her journey is unique, but there will be key pieces that will connect with our own personal artist’s voyage.  Jean is a “Gemini”, an extroverted business women who shares herself with her introverted artist self.  Her artist’s journey reflects the influence of the masters, as well as supporting teachers, friends and mentors. 

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May 16 2011 – Linda Colsh

Linda ColshShades of Gray
Linda Colsh, www.lindacolsh.com

May 16, 2011

The concepts of place and time figure significantly in the artwork of Linda Colsh.  Passing time, lives lived, experience earned show in the characters that people her art.  Using surface design on cloth and stitch, Linda portrays older women and men who capture her attention and set her mind and hands to work imagining their stories.  This lecture shows where she finds images and how she develops characters and surrounds them with imagined stories and scenarios in a manner that reflects her background as a writer and an artist.   Known for using a neutral palette, Linda talks about how living overseas colors her choice of subjects and how she draws on her American roots for the themes of her art. 

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June 20 2011 – Gwen Hatchette

Gwen HatchetteFabric Collage Visions
Gwen Hatchette, www.gwenhatchette.com

June 20, 2011

Gwen Hatchette will give a combined trunk and Power Point program of her journey from watercolor, glass and traditional quilting to fabric mixed media.

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July 18 2011 – Desserts & Demos

Desserts & Demos

Our Desserts and Demos night is always one of the highlights of the year! Bring your friends to share FRCQ with them on this wonderful night!

  • Picture Perfect by Barbara Beasley: Learn how to turn your favorite photo into a work of fiber art. These easy steps will work for photos of people, pets, places, or anything else.
  • Painted Layers by Dianna VanderDoes: Learn a new way to add complexity, color and texture to the surface of your quilt using painted fusible web. This technique creates wonderful organic patterning on cloth. It is also neat to apply and easy to control. You can make your layers bold and opaque, or subtle and transparent, hard-edged and geometric, or flowing and organic. This demo will help you understand all of the variables involved in creating that effect that you want.
  • Gelatin Monoprints by Sheryll Robbins: Printing on a gelatin plate will demonstrate the process of creating monotypes (one of a kind prints). This simple plate made of unflavored gelatin and water is an amazing surface on which to apply paint and make marks. The process yields instant gratification and a bounty of detailed and textured prints. A variety of tools and techniques will be demonstrated.
  • Polymer Clay by Helen McKee: Polymer Clay is a remarkable medium.  It can be carved, textured, painted, buffed, stamped, and drilled.  It can simulate ivory, stone, glass, and other materials.  It remains flexible until it is bakjed.  Helen will show some of these possibilities.
  • Sewable Metal by Phillippa Lack: Who says you can’t sew into metal?  Phil Lack will show you first in fact that thin sheets of copper will take machine stitching very well, with no harm done to your machine!  This obliging metal can also be crimped and manipulated to add texture and shine to your fiber artworks.
  • Layered Marbling by Jo Fitsell: Learn a new approach for an ancient technique.  Marbling is the process of floating thinned paint on the surface of thickened water.  Create wonderful organic shapes on paper and fabric.

August 22 2011 – Paulette Reading

Textile Conservation
Paulette Reading
www.msaconservation.com

August 22, 2011 New Date! One week later than normal!

Paulette Reading is a Textile Conservator who will talk about durability and archival qualities of techniques and materials art quilters are currently using.

September 19 2011 – Cynthia Corbin

Cynthia Corbin - Textile ArtistBread Crumbs Or Sign Posts:  Finding A Way
Cynthia Corbin
www.cynthiacorbin.com

September 19, 2011

Figuring out how to work in a way that reflects personal voice doesn’t come with a road map.  Too bad, we could use one!  Cynthia decided there is no right or wrong way to go about it, and this lecture reflects the convoluted path she has taken.  She focuses on her own process — asking questions of the work she does, and using the work to find the answers.  It’s all about the process, the experimentation, and even the mistakes.

SEPTEMBER 2011 MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED!

Plymouth Hall
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S Colorado Blvd (Colorado & Hampden)
Englewood, CO 8011 (Map)

October 17 2011 – Susan Brooks

Mud by Susan Brooks Susan Brooks
www.susanbrookstextileartist.com

October 17, 2011

Susan will be speaking about what it means to find a voice in the making of her art through her journey as a story teller.  Her presentation will include early work in the craft of textiles and conclude with “Rush of Water” her collaborative show including how she used fabrics, paints, and symbols to tell the story of a young woman’s pain turned to triumph.

CATALOGS

Catalogs of current and past shows can be found on www.blurb.com for a nominal amount or for free. If you have an apple device, simply follow the links within ibooks. Search for FRCQ. If you have a non apple device, you can download the ibooks app for your device, including a desktop, and can then download the catalogs. For some shows, we have a pdf file, the links are included below.

2015 Creation Exhibit Catalog

November 15 2010 – Carol Shinn

General Meeting

Carol Shinn, www.carolshinn.com

Carol Shinn is a studio artist from Fort Collins, CO. She is known internationally for photo-realistic machine-stitched images. She has taught many classes and workshops across the United States and her work is in numerous public and private collections. She recently won the ‘Fine Arts’ award in the 2009 International Pfaff ArtEmbroidery Challenge. Her work has been featured in such publications as American Craft, Embroidery, Fiberarts, Georgia Review, and Southwest Art, Surface Design Journal and in books including Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter by Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker, The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Discovery: 50 Years of Craft Experience at Haystack Mtn. School of Craft, Celebrating the Stitch by Barbara Lee Smith, Fiberarts Design Book Six, and Fiberarts Design Book Seven. Carol has authored the book Freestyle Machine Embroidery: Techniques and Inspiration for Fiber Art available through Interweave Press.

November 21 2011 – Alyson Stanfield

Alyson B Stanfield - Art Marketing ConsultingAlyson B Stanfield
Art Marketing Consultant
www.artbizcoach.com

November 21, 2011

Alyson B. Stanfield, of Golden, Colorado, is an art business consultant for artists, galleries, and organizations. Her work is distinguished by extensive experience working with viewers of art, in addition to working with art and artists themselves. She founded ArtBizCoach.com in 2002 to help artists promote themselves and build their businesses.

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