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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.

Katie Pasquini Masopust

Art Quilts – A Compilation of the Top Quilt Makers of the World

Katie Pasquini MasupustKatie spoke at a FRCQ meeting in September 2014.  She was a very popular speaker.  We are bringing her back to speak – this time on a different subject. 

As a former president of the national organization of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Katie Pasquini Masopust became acquainted with art quilters around the world. 

She will share their work, their views and inspirations.  She will also talk about her own illustrious career as an artist, including the transferring of her painting background into a career of art quilts.  She has a wide degree of experience and will enlighten us with current trends.

Lynda MH Faires

Clothing as Art

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IMPORTANT Date Change:  This is the second Monday of the month, not the third Monday which is our usual meeting time.
 

Food, shelter, clothing. Three essentials for human life. Once these essentials have been secured at the survival level, it seems to be natural creative human nature to elaborate, embellish, extend, and contextualize. Food becomes cuisine, shelter becomes architecture, and clothing becomes art.

In this program we will explore the role of clothing as art in human society through various times, places, and cultures. From primitive jungle tribes to Paris runways, clothing reflects the mood, mores, and ethos of the society in which it is created. Clothing sets the tone and enhances the meaning of deeply religious ceremonies as well as outrageous festivities like Mardi Gras or Burning Man.

The Hippies of the 1960s used clothing as a means of self-expression, to break free from the humdrum monotony of post-war America. This carried on to the 1980s and 1990s as the Wearable Art Movement, in which artisans exhibited their designs and skills on the moving format of the human body.

Quilters quickly joined in the act of being able to wear or display their own artwork as clothing. And staged shows like the Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows encouraged sewing designers to take clothing as art to an extreme level, often becoming not very “wearable” but definitely interesting.

I will be showing several of my art garments from past Bernina Fashion Shows.

        

Louisa Smith

Do You Ask Yourself… What If?

lsmith-15-ova-novaWhat if….the question that always fuels the creative process for me. I like to take you on journey from idea or doodle to wonderful series and a most successful class. Step by step recollecting the birth of this series and how these questions make it all work. We will explore the marriage between commercial and manipulated fabrics, you will never look at fabrics the same way.

Louisa was born in Indonesia, educated in the Netherlands and came to the U.S. in 1960. She discovered quilting in the late 70’s. Although the quilting started off with a traditional approach, soon new and exciting designs took over and the traditional gave way to more innovative work. The incredible flexibility that fiber offers attracted her to “paint” with fabrics. And how the marriage between colorful commercial fabrics and her own manipulated fabrics help her achieve the most important element in her work: Color !

She is the author of three books, “Strips ‘n Curves” published in 2001 and the follow-up “A New Twist on Strips ‘n Curves” published in 2007.  And  “One Patch Plus” (2008) was a joint effort with her daughter Lisa Harris, a graphic artist from Johnstown, CO.

She is hard at work designing and writing yet another book.