Experiments in paper and fiber

May 13th, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|6 Comments

Untitled, 60 x 18 inches. Reclaimed cotton and polyester sheets, found papers, thread, ink, acrylic paint.

A short post today to show some recent work. I’m inspired by my collection of materials from various library and other used book sales. I’m also trying to use up old things I’ve had in my fabric stash and in the house generally that would not be of value to anyone. I brought out some old sheets from the closet and tore them into strips. They’re very soft and worn, and they take paint beautifully. The tearing process leaves lots of loose threads, and I’m loving those, too. 

I’ve been thinking about how to combine fabric and paper for quite awhile now. My process for this particular work started out spontaneously; just taking all these things on the table and starting to put them together, then follow where it leads. I’m thoroughly enjoying working with a collage process and limited palette. I have no specific end in mind whatsoever, and that’s always fun. I like to follow the unknown road.

A lot of the paper came from this Japanese book (I think it’s a novel but would appreciate any further insight):


Here are some detail shots:



May 13th, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|6 Comments

disruption gets a book cover

March 2nd, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on disruption gets a book cover

I’m super excited to see my piece disruption on the cover of this book. They’ll be sending me a copy, which I can’t wait to read. Here’s what it’s about:

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair
by Bonnie Honig

  • Examines the rise of neoliberalism by focusing not on the demos but on the objects of democratic life.
  • Asks what becomes of democracy when the things of public life–schools, parks, monuments, utlilities and services–all become privatized.
  • Attends to the historically racial character of public things and how the erosion of democracy disproportionately affects on indigenous populations in particular.



I don’t usually feel comfortable being overtly political in my work, but at a private level these are the kinds of things I had in mind when I was making this work. Our society is incredibly polarized — we mostly agree that things aren’t good or getting better, but we are incapable of coming together to figure out what to do about it. The wealth gap is widening daily — the rich have more and more, while the poor and middle class are left to fight over the scraps. Resources are disappearing at a frightening rate, yet we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. 

The piece followed on from my Excavations series, which consists of found papers: books and newspapers in different languages, maps, sheet music, religious and patriotic texts, advertisements, instruction manuals, financial statements, candy wrappers, and other random bits. The papers are layered, stitched, and peeled back to reveal different surprises within the layers. The paper is a stand-in for an abstract idea of the collective knowledge of all human beings throughout time and our efforts to make sense of the world and communicate it to others. Information is selectively hidden or revealed as it is in our daily discourse, within the different media we consume. 

Here’s the full piece.

disruption, 55 x 98 inches. Stitched textile, acrylic paint, found papers. ©2014 Deidre Adams
March 2nd, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on disruption gets a book cover

A New Spin: Fiber arts at the Art Gym

July 2nd, 2016|Exhibitions, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on A New Spin: Fiber arts at the Art Gym

Encoding-SchemeI-EditEncoding: Scheme I, 58 x 56 inches, acrylic paint on stitched textile, ©2015 Deidre Adams

July 7–30, 2016
Opening reception: July 14 5-8 pm

1460 Leyden St, Denver, CO 80220
Hours: Tues-Sat  |  9am – 6pm

Art Gym Denver is excited to present A New Spin, a fiber arts exhibition curated by Jo Fitsell. A self-taught artist, Jo Fitsell’s work explores internal rhythms and unseen connections. In this show, Fitsell connects a wide range of works related to the fiber medium and modern innovations in fiber art. A New Spin features artwork from Deidre Adams, Christi Beckman, Susan Brooks, Heather Doyle Maier, Patty Emmons, Jo Fitsell, Pam Fortner, Mary Horrocks, Tom Lundberg, Barb Olson, and Jennifer Pettus. According to Jo Fitsell, “I tried to remember pieces visually, without thinking of the artists themselves. I chose pieces that connected on a personal level that would be intriguing to the general public. We have a history of idealizing art from the far past and diminishing those of the present. This was an opportunity to reveal what is happening in the fiber art world.”

Art Gym Denver is a membership-based community and creative workspace with shared access to tools and equipment for a variety of artistic disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpting, design, culinary arts, dance, and more. It includes a gallery space with new shows opening every few weeks.

In association with A New Spin, there will be several events of interest:
July 7, 2016, 5-8 pm: Exhibition Opens

July 14, 2016, 5-8 pm: Artists Reception  |  Artists will be present, light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served

July 16, 2016, 3-5 pm: Artist Talk with Mary Horrocks about Rust Printing Technique – free and open to the public

July 20, 2016, 5-7 pm: Artist Talk with Jo Fitsell about Fiber Art History, Techniques and her own Creative Process – free and open to the public

July 27, 2016, 5-7 pm: Artist Talk with Thomas Lundberg about his Stitch Techniques and Inspiration taken from the History of Textiles and from Everyday Life.

July 2nd, 2016|Exhibitions, Fiber / mixed media|Comments Off on A New Spin: Fiber arts at the Art Gym