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Meet the Artists

If you haven’t made it here yet  to the Trashion: Funky Junk Gallery Show at Tactile Textile Arts Center it is a not to be missed, fun, creative inspiring, visual treat.The show runs through October 18th so take one of our Colorado fall afternoons and stop by to view the show.  Two of the Artists in this Gallery show are Christine Marie Davis and Geri Calpin.


Christine Marie Davis Smashed Knitting Needle Earrings

Christine Marie Davis

Christine Marie Davis has created Smashed Knitting Needle Bracelets, Shawl Pins and Smashed Knitting Needle Earrings made from recycled needles.

Christine says she comes from a long line of “junkers”. She was bored growing up in rural Ohio, something I can relate to since I am an Ohio Gal. Her mother would give her art materials and tell her to make something. She says she would scrounge castaway material to assemble into art projects. while Still in high school she moved with her family to Montana and in the ghost town of Pony, Montana she opened an antique shop with her mother.. They would dig up old bottles, rusty pans, and chamber pots at the town dump and sell them.

Christine moved to Colorado as a young adult and worked as a potter/teacher in the Denver- Boulder area. She now lives near Salida where she has a plentiful supply of junk and antiques for her found object jewelry and sculpture.

 Christine Marie Davis Artist Statement

I collect and rework vintage and antique metal that I fine on hikes in the mountains, at garage sales, thrift stores and old dump sites.

I am especially drawn to items that are bettered, broken, worn, weathered and layered with earthy patinas. If something does not look old, I make it so by hammering, heating, rusting or adding a patina. What interests me is the character that develops over time, through handling or exposure to the elements. These processes show the life that something has had and makes them truly unique.

I began smashing buttons on a whim in 2010 when I was angry, Frustrated and staring at a bag of worthless metal buttons that I simply couldn’t throw away. Fascinated with the results, I have since started smashing all types of found objects such as knitting needles, bullet shells coins, tokens, coasters and kitchen utensils.


Geri Calpin


Geri Calpin Notecards

Geri Calpin

Geri Calpin is not only a Fiber Artist but teaches sewing classes both beginner and advanced. She has had her work displayed here at the Gallery and at many shows in the greater Denver Area. Geri Calpin said in her Artist Statement that… “The Trashion Challenge  pushed the envelope for me to create items I saved to use in my future work . One such item is the lint roller sheets I clean my studio with after a day of sewing. They are what any professional artist loves to start with as an underpainting. I am an intuitive artist and push toward the abstract composition and these little formats are perfect. So I call them ‘OFF THE FLOOR MASTERPIECES’. The note cards I have entered into the show seem to be the best setting. ENJOY.”



September 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Preserving Fiber Traditions


RMWG Exhibit at Tactile

Tactile is pleased to present an exhibit of work by the members of the Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild. “Preserving Fiber Traditions” features 14 talented artists and craftspeople and includes tapestry and loom weaving, knitting, fabric dying, wearable art, and textile art pieces. The range of work showcases the skill and broad interests of the members of this well-established and vital local guild.

The Weavers’ Guild is one of Tactile’s founding guild members, and meets monthly at Tactile. Founded in 1953, the guild is dedicated to inspiring creativity and excellence in fiber work and promoting fiber traditions and enthusiasm through education. Find out more about the guild at their website.
“Preserving Fiber Traditions” runs through April 19. Tactile is open Thursday through Saturday, 12-5pm.

March 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Color Shock celebrates color and couture at the TACTile Textile Art Center

TACtile Textile Arts Center

Color Shock at TACtile

Susan Froyd wrote in Westword about the Color Shock style show.

The Yves Saint Laurent spectacular has come and gone from the Denver Art Museum, but its inspiration — a renewed appreciation for the craft, creativity and sheer beauty of high couture — stays on, especially within the local design community.

The value of that exhibition certainly wasn’t lost on Dianne Denholm of the TACtile Textile Arts Center, a woman who’s dedicated her career to furthering the textile arts — and a winner of a 2012 MasterMind award.

By Denholm’s own admission, YSL had a turn-around effect on the way she’s curating her gallery space and in turn inspired tomorrow’s Color Shock fashion show at TACtile. A hue-heavy showcase for local designers, the runway will catch fire at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, following a meet-and-greet reception at 6 p.m.

Think Vivian Westwood, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada and, of course YSL, all of whom revel(ed) in color, and prepare to put on your shades for this one.

Admission is $3 to $5; e-mail TACtile or call 720-524-8886 for reservations and information.

August 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

“Original Friends” dolls speak to the heart

TACtile Textile Arts CenterRebecca Roth didn’t start out wanting to be a fiber artist. She came to doll-making through a uniquely difficult, yet inspiring, route.

An American expatriate living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Rebecca was wrongfully incarcerated in a women’s prison outside of Guadalajara for four years. The lengthy and convoluted Mexican legal system leaves many people in prison for years without trial or definitive sentences. Rebecca’s time in the overcrowded women’s prison was understandably painful, depressing, and soul depleting. She knew that to survive she needed something to lift her spirits.

That something came in the form of a child born to a fellow inmate in the prison. Lupita and her mother lived with Rebecca and 13 other women in a cell designed for six. Lupita had no toys or any other trappings of a “normal’ childhood. Rebecca found herself thinking, Lupita needs a doll. This inspired Rebecca to create her first Original Friend doll from scraps of fabric, yarn, and ribbon collected from sewing workrooms and classes in the prison.

Rebecca began collaborating with other women in the prison to make and sell more dolls. The dolls are colorful and festive, with smiling faces and fanciful clothing and jewelry. Each has its own unique personality. Rebecca and her doll-making friends sold over 100 dolls while she was still in prison. Once she was released she decided to continue working with her friends who are still incarcerated to make and sell dolls. The proceeds from doll sales go back to the women in prison to provide for their personal needs; making the dolls helps build their skills and self-esteem.

Tactile is happy to be hosting a collection of Original Friend dolls for display and purchase. Come by and see these fun and inspiring creations. You can learn more about Rebecca, the other doll-makers, and the dolls at their website.

July 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Elfriede Style: A Retrospective of Colorado Couture

Guest Blogger: Susan Froyd, Arts and Culture Editor at Westword. 2012 Westword MasterMind Dianne Denholm has presented exhibitions focusing on the fiber arts in nearly every aspect since opening the TACtile Textile Arts Center six years ago. But never before had she turned the magnifying glass on the fine art of dressmaking and couture, a subject that’s undergone a renaissance in Denver this spring, thanks to the Denver Art Museum’s Yves Saint Laurent block-buster.

Inspired by that show — and a little bit by her own past life as the owner of D’Lea’s fabric store in Cherry Creek North — Denholm decided to ask her former competitor, Boulderite Elfriede Gamow, if she might be willing to pull together some of her favorite pieces from over the years for an exhibition to dovetail with the last weeks of the YSL show.

The result is Colorado Couture: Past and Present, which pairs the elegant Gamow’s impeccably sewn garments with a sideshow of prototypes from up-and-coming Denver designer Fallene Wells’s 2013 fashion line. “I wanted to make it educational, so people could know how this is done,” Denholm explains. “This is high-end dressmaking techniques and fabrics we’re talking about, featuring clothing that Elfriede still wears now, which demonstrates their timelessness. The quote she gave us says it all: ‘I’ve always gone for the style rather than the fashion.'”

Colorado Couture continues through August 18 at TACtile, 1955 South Quince Street, Suite 200; an open house is being planned during its run, with details TBA. Admission is free; find information at or call 720-524-8886. — By Susan Froyd

Exhibit photos by Carol Naff

June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

World Threads III pays homage to global fiber arts at TACtile Textile Arts Center

Earlier this month, I went to TACtile to capture the World Threads exhibit in photographs. Luckily, our intern from CSU, Kelly Phillips was there to assist me in taking the photos. These three images below capture just some of the beauty of the textile arts represented in the show. Our global talks on Saturday, May 26, feature:  

11 am :: Cyndi Maupin, Entwined Artistry
2pm :: Maryanne Wise, Guatemala Rugs

Our exhibit closes at 5:00 on Saturday, the last day of World Threads III.

Featured in Westword, Susan Froyd wrote, One of TACtile Textile Arts Center’s most colorful exhibits is back: World Threads III: Preserving Textile Traditions, featuring — as in the past — a beautiful global palette of fiber-arts handiwork to both look at and to buy. Even more beautiful is the humanitarian purpose behind the show — to sustain traditional arts while supporting women artisans living in poverty and sometimes dire conditions.

This year’s show  includes handcrafts — jewelry, weavings, baskets, embroidery, clothing and more — from sixteen nonprofit humanitarian groups working with artisans from Africa, Southeast Asia, Nepal, India, Peru, Guatemala, and other countries.

TACtile, led by director and 2012 Westword MasterMind Dianne Denholm, is also serving up an ongoing series of Global Talks by the various vendors on Saturdays for the duration of the show, which ends May 26.

TACtile is pleased to announce the opening on June 8th of two exhibits, Summer Daze and Colorado Couture: Past and Present. Follow this blog to learn more. Call 720.524.8886 and visit

 photos by Carol Naff

May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

TACtile Bonus at World Threads III

Fabulous “Global Talks” presented by social entrepreneurs whose products are part of the World Threads III Marketplace. Each Saturday meet them and learn about the creative textile artisans in developing countries.

Maya Cielo Dyer

May 5: 12 pm :: Charlotte Otto, Ten Thousand Villages
1 pm :: Patricia Stoddard, Ralli Quilts
2 pm :: Paula Carter, Egyptian Leather Importing

May 12: ($5 donation at the door)
Mother’s Saturday Tea celebrating mothers around the world
12pm :: Penny Webster, Woven Promises
1 pm :: Linda Stark & Marilyn Murphy, Cloth Roads
2 – 4 pm :: Creative Scarf Tying Demonstration – Eloise Wagers

May 19: 11 am :: Katrina Wert, A Little Something
12 pm :: Sen Nguyen, Bridging Hope
1 pm :: Marissa Saints, Dsenyo

May 26: 11 am :: Cyndi Maupin, Entwined Artistry
2pm :: Maryanne Wise, Guatemala Rugs

TACtile is the arts center & gallery inspiring growth, visibility and creative excellence in the textile arts. Hours: 12-5 Thursday – Saturday, TACtile Textile Arts Center (Opening at 11am on Saturdays during May for our special Global Talks)

May 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

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