Denise is also an active and appreciated lecturer and teacher. She has worked both domestically (USA) and internationally; highlights include being an invited instructor teaching a week-long fiber and textile landscape arts class at Georgia O'Keefe's (America's foremost landscape artist) Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and teaching and lecturing internationally in Ireland, Spain, China, and South Korea (and soon in France, Italy, and Luxembourg).

“WOW!! I loved your Fabric Painting workshop – for several reasons. First, I learned so many great and unexpected
techniques for creating intriguing textures while painting fabric. Second, you were so willing to share your knowledge
and experience, and you didn't hold anything back. Third (and this is so important to me), I didn't feel pressure to complete
a specific number of (pre-selected) pieces or to keep up with anyone else. Unlike some other workshops I have taken,
I felt the freedom of just being able to relax, explore, learn, and create.”
 Sandy Jung, USA

“Your Reverse Appliqué class was just wonderful. I came away with much more than just an understanding of reverse
appliqué and its many (often surprising) applications. You helped open my eyes to a multitude of both understandable yet
innovative techniques, and ideas for new quilts. And you were so patient with all of us.”
 Eileen Hayes, USA

Teaching in South Korea


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Lecture and Class Schedule

Denise’s lectures typically emphasize how her art has evolved over the years, her changing techniques, and key lessons learned – topics include how she constructs her stone structures (and her quilts); the nature and importance of her early (pre-art quilting) sewing-related training, and her subsequent professional focus on both craftsmanship and continuing art education and training; her integrated management of color, texture, and dimensionality; the nature and use of her own hand-painted fabric; her approach to quilt composition and design; the importance and role of peer reviews and multi-discipline design critiques; and her personal evolution (and struggles) relative to her (continually challenging) use of perspective and shadowing.

Denise’s classes and workshops focus on fabric painting and/or construction techniques and craftsmanship (her Quilt National quilt
Dun Aengus Stone Fort won not only the People’s Choice Award for most popular quilt, but more importantly – from an instructional standpoint – the McCarthy Memorial Award for Craftsmanship). Her classes include:

   – Fabric Painting and Texturing I (one day)
   – Fabric Painting and Texturing II (two days)

        The same content as the one day class, but with more hands-on "guided experimentation" and fabric creation

   – Construction Techniques I: Turned edge, raw edge, and reverse appliqué (one day)
   – Construction Techniques II: Construction Techniques I plus insetting, free-form stripping, and quilt finishing (two days)
   – Construction Techniques III: Construction Techniques II plus working from photos (three days)

   – Quilt Design Intensive: Fabric Painting and Texturing plus Construction Techniques III (four or five days)

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ote that these classes are not about stones per se, or even landscapes, but instead on "best practices" and the multiple methods and techniques available for improving quilt dimensionality, texture and color, craftsmanship, and design integrity, regardless of quilt theme or focus.

Denise's experience and knowledge is deep and wide-ranging, and she has the requisite ability to
teach the comparative strengths, benefits, and use – basically, the "why, when, and how" – of both new and (oftentimes repurposed) traditional fiber art and quilting techniques. Classes are highly interactive and hands-on, and are focused more on the development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration and learning than on rigid, one-size-fits-all lesson plans or patterns – her objective is to teach useable techniques and "lessons learned" that each participant's own creativity can confidently expand on. Denise is an instructor that enthusiastically, openly, and fully shares both her knowledge and design sense, without reservation.


Teaching in China

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Teaching in Spain