Angie Nordstrum | Nesting and My Mad Desire to Make

MARCH 20, 2017

Angie’s passion for creating art was ignited at age 10 with 4-H projects for the Iowa State Fair.  A prize winning quilt block and Indian corn collage sealed her fate and propelled her to a very colorful and creative career.

Angie has designed for Sticks Furniture, Fresh Produce Sportswear, Nordstrom, Better Homes & Gardens, Hope Hummus and Whole Foods Markets.

“Nesting and My Mad Desire to Make” is Angie’s story of the evolution and adaption of her art and […]

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Katie Fowler | Creative Wonderland: the Looking Glass and the Rabbit Hole

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Come join Katie Fowler in a meaningful and lighthearted look at the creative process, creative blocks and effective tools for mastering creative momentum.  You will leave feeling validated, courageous and ready to follow the white rabbit to creative adventure.

Katie Fowler – a Creative Life Coach – is a lifelong teacher and facilitator. Her goal is to help each of us find our greatest creative potential.  She knows the questions to ask so that we can find our […]

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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. 

read more about Carol Ann Waugh | How Did I Get Here from There? »

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

Katie Fowler | Creative Wonderland: the Looking Glass and the Rabbit Hole

katie-revFEBRUARY 20, 2017

Come join Katie Fowler in a meaningful and lighthearted look at the creative process, creative blocks and effective tools for mastering creative momentum.  You will leave feeling validated, courageous and ready to follow the white rabbit to creative adventure.

Katie Fowler – a Creative Life Coach – is a lifelong teacher and facilitator. Her goal is to help each of us find our greatest creative potential.  She knows the questions to ask so that we can find our unique creative joy!

From the Home page on her website, Katie says this about herself:

“I am a professional educator / artist, author, speaker, and certified creativity coach.  I know Creativity…  She and I have a lifelong relationship.  I live with my husband in our recently empty nest near the foothills of Colorado.  When I’m not being creative, talking about creativity, or writing about creativity, I enjoy cycling, snow skiing, reading, and laughing!

I am an art quilter. That’s a dangerous thing to say in the art world. People often respond, “Oh, my Great Aunt Whozee made quilts.” My pieces are not bed coverings. They are personal and meaningful expressions of who I am and my interpretation of the world around me.  I love to bend the rules of traditional quilting and create with courage.”

Check out her website at


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.



Angie Nordstrum | Nesting and My Mad Desire to Make

angieMARCH 20, 2017

Angie’s passion for creating art was ignited at age 10 with 4-H projects for the Iowa State Fair.  A prize winning quilt block and Indian corn collage sealed her fate and propelled her to a very colorful and creative career.

Angie has designed for Sticks Furniture, Fresh Produce Sportswear, Nordstrom, Better Homes & Gardens, Hope Hummus and Whole Foods Markets.

“Nesting and My Mad Desire to Make” is Angie’s story of the evolution and adaption of her art and fiber work through motherhood, illness and life changing events.

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The BBcode Wiki covers the basic mark up tags so let’s move on to what the Wiki doesn’t cover.


There are two types of lists: ordered and unordered. An ordered list is a numerical list like you might use to list the finishing order of a race. An unordered list is a list you might use to list groceries. There are two different tags needed to create a list.

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Portfolio 2017 – Best of 2016

Portfolio 2017, Best of 2016

Web-based Exhibit, FRCQ Website, January 1 through December 31, 2017

Portfolio 2017 – Best of 2016 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 2016.

Entry Opens: November 1, 2016

Due date for entry: November 22, 2016

Notification of selected work: December 15, 2016

Exhibit Posted On-line January 1, 2017

Juror: Rosalie Dace

For more details, look here: portfolio2017bestof2016

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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  This catalog can be ordered in print or as an e-book



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

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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 »


February 21 2011 – Silent Critique

Silent Critique of FRCQ’s Connecting Threads Exhibit

Facilitator: Mary McCauley


“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


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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.

Jette Clover – Master Class: Finding Your Voice

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 On-Line: February-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.


Dates: February-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 October 17, 2016; course begins February 2017)



Ruth Chandler – Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags


Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags

Saturday, 900am-400pm

February 25, 2017

Boro is the Japanese word for tattered rags. From the 1600’s and even into the early 1900’s the Japanese farmers of the northern region of Honshu used this technique to repair and patch their clothes. Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk. Every little scrap was precious and washed and saved until it was used to give their clothes longevity. These items of clothing were so used and worn and yet have such strength that you can’t help but admire them.  

In this 1 day workshop Ruth Chandler will introduce you to the Japanese art of Boro.  She will engage you in piecing and hand stitching in the Boro tradition using Ruth’s hand dyed indigo fabrics.   

The $100 registration fee provides most everything you need to create a beautiful piece of Boro art. You will only need to bring your thimble, reading glasses, pins (if you prefer over Mistyfuse) and lunch.  At the end of this workshop you will have a finished piece of Boro art.

No special skills are needed, only a desire to learn a fascinating traditional Japanese technique.  

About Ruth:  Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.  She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment and other classes to children and adults.  Ruth teaches locally at The Thread Lab at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine and blog posts for Havels’ Sewing. Her work has been published in several books. She can also be found on her blog.


Workshop: Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags

Date: February 25, 2017, 900 am to 400 pm.

Location:  The Thread Lab at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO

Cost:  $100

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on November 21, 2016)



Christi Beckmann – Street Art Textures





Street Art Textures

Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

April 7, 2017

Using oil sticks and fabric, this workshop will involve exploring different surfaces found in a downtown environment to create one of a kind art fabrics. These unique patterns can be used in a variety of different art quilts including landscape, abstract or portraits. Bring out the rebel in you and take your art to the streets! This adventurous workshop involves looking for and using found surfaces!

For this 1/2 day workshop we will meet as a small group at the Longmont Library where Christi will be giving a short introduction. We will then take a walking tour of downtown Longmont where Christi will introduce you to finding the patterns and textures, teach you how to best do texture rubbings and present ideas on how to incorporate these patterns into your own surface designs. Christi will be providing instruction on the use of oil sticks and also bring examples of what she has created with her texture rubbing surface designs. Again, this workshop will predominately be a walking tour of downtown Longmont.

The $35 registration fee includes most everything you need to explore this form of surface design. Artists are encouraged to where comfortable shoes and bring some fabrics from their own stashes. Fabrics that work well might be hand dyed or painted that need a little something extra. Commercial solids and some tone on tones could work also.

No special skills are needed, only a desire to create unique surface designs from cityscape textures.  

About Christi: Christi Beckmann has been working with fabric to make art since the mid 1990’s. Her Mom introduced her to traditional quilting and she began breaking the rules immediately! Early work began portraying horses which lead to nature, politics, geometrics, architecture, and urban themes.


Workshop: Street Art Textures

Date: April 7, 2017, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Location:  Meeting at the Longmont Library, followed by a walking tour of downtown Longmont.

Cost:  $35

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on January 31, 2017)




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

Matisse's Birdfeeder


Spend 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

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Ann Johnston,

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 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

Jette Clover – Text and Textile

Metropolis 6 41x40



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.


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,

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,

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,

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

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

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.


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

October 17 2011 – Susan Brooks

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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.

November 15 2010 – Carol Shinn

General Meeting

Carol Shinn,

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

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Art Marketing Consultant

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 in 2002 to help artists promote themselves and build their businesses.

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