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FRCQ meets the third Monday of the month from January through November at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center from 7p-9p, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, Colorado. FRCQ does not meet in December. FRCQ Meetings, showcase artists from around the country and locally who give a presentation of their work and talk about their history as an artist. Most of our speakers are nationally known, award winning fiber artists and they generously share their inspiration, knowledge and expertise with our members. Our meetings also have a spectacular show and tell where quilt artists can showcase their work.

The Art of the Caohagan Quiltermakers

ERNING QUILTING

Dana Jones, author of Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, will introduce the role of quiltmaking on this 13-acre island in the central Philippines with an emphasis on the design processes of the quiltmakers. More than 100 of the island’s 600 residents are quiltmakers. Dana’s talk, which will be accompanied by images of the quilts, the quiltmakers in action and life on this tropical island that’s just north of the equator, will focus on how the art of quiltmaking has and is developing on Caohagan. The quilts are abstract and pictorial, pieced and appliqued, and each one is a unique design. Made from Philippine-produced fabrics, the quilts reflect the color palette of the island and the quiltmakers’ aesthetic senses.

Dana, a resident of Gilpin County, is a former editor of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Journal and Quilters Newsletter magazine. Her quilt designs have been featured in several national magazines, and she was artist in residence at the Gilpin County Public Library in 2012. Her first book, Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, was released in July 2015.

Ernesto “Erning” Paran quilting by a method he developed that is now used by many of the Caohagan quiltmakers. Photo by Dana E. Jones, 2014.©

Barb Olson – Creating Uniquely YOU Fabric

death in our forestsCreating your own fabric is.., well, just plain fun!  It’s everything a fiber artist loves–endless colors, wonderful textures, intriguing combinations and unique surprises.  It gets your artistic juices flowing.  It’s about trying and learning then experimenting some more.  
 
Painting cloth deepens your knowledge of color and texture, helping you discern what is important for your work.  Using your own fabric adds depth and interest to your art.  
 
So, Barb invites you to come and learn a new way to add to your art tool box by making your own signature fabrics.  Barb will show you what paint to use, how to apply it, and many different techniques for a wide variety of effects.  She will bring samples to look at as well as art quilts that illustrate how she has used her painted fabrics.
 
Barb’s  creative process is about exploration.  It is a deeply personal journey of exploring who she is, her experiences, emotions, beliefs, dreams, and her uniqueness.  It is also an exploration of materials and techniques that inspire her and allow her to communicate visually.

Rosalie Dace

River WalkRosalie Dace is a full-time quilt-maker whose work reflects her passion for color, pattern, and texture.  She has had a lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery and has a degree in Art and English.  While she values the traditions from which our quilt-making has come, she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history.  This and her awareness of being a South African artist give her work its particular character. Rosalie presents workshops internationally.  http://www.rosaliedace.co.za/home.html

Barbara Yates Beasley – Green Cheetahs and Lounge Lizards: A Trip Through the Creative Mind

beasleyJoin artist and quilter, Barbara Yates Beasley as she takes you on a journey exploring the creative decisions that become her fanciful animals.

Have you every wondered why there are green cheetahs, purple tigers, and shiny lizards? Her large collection of commercial fabrics is a driving force behind many of the animals. Beasley will break down her process and explore the inspiration behind those crazy Animals with Attitude.

About the Artist:

A love of the animal kingdom has always been a guiding principle in Barbara Yates Beasley’s fabric collages. With her camera always at the ready, she captures images of animals wherever she goes. These later become the basis for her patterns and a roadmap to tanimal’s soul. “Exploring how the turn of a head or the look in an eye can communicate volumes between our species. She hopes to foster a deeper understanding and compassion for the animals – and for ourselves. She grew up on Sugarloaf mountain, just outside Boulder CO, surrounded by hand work of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She marveled at the swirl of different fabrics spanning generations; starting her on a creative path. With few neighbors, the farm dogs became her closest companions, as well, all the farm animals. She remembers each animal had a distinctive personality, one goat named Paula was very sweet. Then there was the rooster who took every chance to chase her around the yard. With a love of fabrics; commercial and hand dyed her 10 year love affair shows no signs of stopping. Barbara has exhibited in many local and regional juried shows, as well as enjoying sharing her enthusiasm through teaching.

Desserts and Demos

Deborah Caldwell

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_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.

Jo Fitsell

jfitsellJo 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