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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.

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.


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

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

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.



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.


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 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.