Metropolitan Denver offers a wealth of options to view exhibitions or participate in hands-on activities featuring embroidery, needlework, and/or textile arts.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS OF INTEREST
The Art District on Santa Fe is the hub of the Denver art scene, with the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado, featuring more than 100 galleries, artist studios, specialty shops and restaurants. Art lovers can find everything from traditional art to contemporary and engaging art, including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, graphic art, and textiles.
Within this thriving creative community, enjoy the First Friday Art Walks (6 to 9 p.m.) every first Friday of the month. Free, guided shuttle coaches pick you up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street and ferry you around the Art District between 5:30 and 9:30 pm.
The Golden Triangle Museum District is a culturally stimulating neighborhood that is home to eight of Denver’s museums, in addition to more than 50 galleries, fine art studios and specialty stores. Every first Friday, find yourself in the Golden Triangle and lose yourself in a fun and free evening of fine food, art and culture. Free First Friday Art Tours take place in the Golden Triangle from 5 to 9 p.m. every month, with as many as 50 galleries, artist’s studios, specialty stores and museums or cultural centers participating. The free Art Bus shuttles participants around the neighborhood to all of the openings.
The Denver Art Museum features fascinating programs every Wednesday.
On the first Wednesday of each month a Textile Talk is scheduled from 10:30 am-noon. On the other Wednesdays of the month, stop by for PreVIEW Open Window from 10:30 am-noon.
At the monthly Textile Talk, join textile conservators as they work with objects from the museum’s collection. New objects and aspects of treatment will be discussed each month.
During PreVIEW Open Window, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how DAM staff prepares works of art for display. Visitors can observe and interact with conservation and other staff as they assess, handle, and treat objects from the textile art collection. Learn about tools, processes, and equipment; special conditions necessary for fragile objects; and the general “hows and whys” of conservation.
Textile Talks and PreVIEW Open Window are included in museum admission, and no reservations are needed.
Fiber Art on the Brix (part of Art on the Brix), on Washington Avenue in downtown Golden,
offers innovative and unique fiber arts and mixed media classes in a relaxed, comfortable space. Look for classes using both new and familiar materials in unexpected ways as a catalyst for pushing creative boundaries.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS/EXHIBITIONS
Denver Art Museum – Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry … May 31, 2015 – March 6, 2016
From around the world and across centuries, more than 20 tapestry-woven wall hangings, rugs, furniture covers, garments, and sculptural forms illustrate the creative possibilities of this technique. The selection includes historic European tapestries made by large ateliers, twentieth-century collaborations between artist and weaver, and works by solo artist-weavers who use tapestry as their creative medium.
While some designs are culturally specific, others borrow from, transform, or transcend tradition. Contemporary tapestries join historic weavings from Europe, Turkey, China, Peru, Mexico, and the American southwest in the main gallery, complemented by a selection of smaller tapestries in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Blackwork: Botanic Illustration … September 14-16, 2015 – 9:00am – 2:30pm (3-day class)
Blackwork is an embroidery technique whose history can be traced back some 500 years. Its height of popularity was in the time of King Henry VIII, when Catherine of Aragon brought blackwork-adorned garments with her from Spain. The technique involves using intricate patterns stitched in black thread on a white ground. Dramatic effects can be created when you start to shade these patterns, and it is this you will learn from instructor Sarah Homfray. You will work on a botanical rose design using traditional blackwork stitches and some modern shading techniques. Sarah will lead you step by step through the process, showing you first how to work the patterns and then how to shade them to create your own beautiful piece of botanical-inspired blackwork embroidery. Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member. Prerequisites: No prerequisites, although some experience of basic hand embroidery (dressmaking, needlepoint, cross-stitch or similar) would be beneficial.
No refunds for registration cancellations after August 14, 2015, unless your seat can be filled.
Instructor: Sarah Homfray, U.K.
Sarah Homfray learned traditional hand embroidery during a prestigious Royal School of Needlework (RSN) three-year apprenticeship. She graduated in 2006 and went on to teach for the RSN in certificated, diploma, seasonal and day courses in several locations across England and in the United States.
She continued her training, gaining a certificate in education from the University of Greenwich, a BTEC in botanical painting and drawing from Richmond upon Thames College and a diploma in fine art from the Cyprus College of Art. She is the author of “The Royal School of Needlework: Essential Stitch Guide to Silk Shading” and was privileged to be part of the team of embroiderers who worked the embroidery on the wedding dress of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Sarah now runs a mail-order shop and teaches from her studio in Nottinghamshire. She is currently working on a new distance-learning course venture.