Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rio Wrenn Workshop--Survey

From the Inside Out:  
Dyeing & Printing with Iron and Tannin with Rio Wrenn

As you probably know from other posts and Facebook, Rio Wrenn will be coming from Portland, Oregon for the opening reception of From the Inside Out this August. We are excited that she will be offering a workshop--but we need your help with a survey.  

Originally Rio had planned to offer a one day workshop from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday August 23 the day after the opening receptionBut now we are wondering if more people would be interested in a two day workshop, especially those who would be interested in coming from out of state with the added benefit of seeing the show. A two day workshop would continue on Sunday, August 24, also 10 to 5 pm.

This intensive workshop will explore techniques developed by Rio Wrenn and inspired by the ancient craft of Kalamkari from India. By using natural fibers such as silk and basic elements such as iron and various tannins we will explore the magic of printing and dyeing. This is a natural and ecological method that is quick in its results and has low impact on our environment.

Rio's class will be held in the newly renovated textile lab at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in the building adjacent to Art and Design West Gallery where the exhibit will be on display.  

Registration for the workshop will be limited to 15 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. To get on our list to receive registration form, detailed information, pricing and materials list required for workshop, along with links for lodging and local attractions, please email your full name, mailing address, and request to Patricia Vivod at 


Please indicate which workshop structure you would prefer--one day or two day. All levels of expertise are welcome.

Tentative plans:
One day class -- Saturday August 23, 10 to 5 pm
Two day class -- Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, 10 to 5 pm

Opening reception and artist talk with Rio is Friday, August 22, 5 to 7 pm


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Opening reception August 22, 2014

Here is our new flier for our show announcing new venue and opening reception date. The links aren't live. You can find several links to maps of the campus on the ADW Gallery SIUE page. If you are interested in Rio Wrenn's workshop--details will be coming soon.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

New Venue, New Dates

WOW what a week it has been!  

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois suddenly and without warning announced on March 1st that it could no longer host From the Inside Out. Elizabeth and I were forced to seek another venue. Not an easy task on short notice since galleries usually book shows a year or two in advance.  I immediately sought help from numerous galleries in the St. Louis/Metro East region.

And...we were very VERY lucky indeed!  

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Elizabeth's and my alma mater, generously stepped forward today and allowed us to slot our show into their calendar in place of the annual faculty exhibition at the beginning of the fall semester. We are forever in their debt.

This means our opening date will only change by a day or two. Our closing date will change however. The new venue can only accommodate our show for 5 weeks due to other shows that must fit before semester break.

NEW VENUEArt and Design West Gallery
Department of Art and Design
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
75 South Circle Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62026

NEW DATES:  August 18 to September 21, 2014. We are negotiating the date of the opening reception. We will let you know as soon as we know. Gallery hours during the week may vary also.  

Fabienne's workshop will go on as planned. And she will be at ADW Gallery SIUE for an artist talk on September 18 to which all workshop participants are invited as well as the public. Time of the talk to be announced.  

Also, in the very near future I hope to announce a workshop to be taught at the university textile lab by Rio Wrenn. Stay tuned. Lots of excitement coming. 

ADW Gallery and the new Art & Design West addition to the art department at SIUE was dedicated in March of 2013. It is a beautiful space and we can't wait to see our show installed there.  We couldn't have asked for a more professional looking space.  I'll be posting more pictures soon on the ADW Gallery page.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unearthing Eco Dyes

Feast (working title) c2014 Patricia Vivod for FTIO show
Please visit this link, Sentamental Pentimento, Pat's blog, to read the article Unearthing Eco Dyes that appeared in Fiber Art Now magazine summer 2013 issue.  (Just in case you missed getting an issue of your own).

Fabienne, Irit and Pat are featured along with some stunning images by all the artists included.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Workshop Requests

Thank you to all who have contacted me so far regarding Fabienne Rey's Illinois workshop. It is a wonderful thing to see all those requests piling up in the inbox. The initial mailing of packets went out yesterday.

If you are interested in getting in on the fun, click here for an introduction to the workshop and how to contact me.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fabienne's Illinois Workshop

As you know from the previous post here, Fabienne Rey is coming to Illinois to teach in conjunction with the exhibit From the Inside Out that Elizabeth Adams-Marks and Pat Vivod are curating. Here is a brief description of the workshop and contact information to get the ball rolling.

From the Inside Out - Eco-Prints and Memory Cloth 1
with Fabienne Rey

September 19, 20, 21, 2014 – 10 am to 5 pm each day

During this three-day intensive eco-print/dye workshop with Fabienne Rey of the Netherlands, participants will be introduced to ecological, economical and sustainable methods of dyeing and printing organic fabrics by engaging a variety of plant materials. Held in a private 2.5 acre wooded garden in southwest Illinois just 30 minutes east of St. Louis, MO, the workshop is an opportunity for novice and experienced fiber artists to create a collection of fabric samples while learning about hot and cold bundling; natural-dye and eco-dye methods; and the variables of time, water, cauldrons, non-toxic metals, mordants, local plants and natural fabrics.

Participants will be treated to a simple, but delicious lunch each day in the garden, but will provide their own lodging and transportation to restaurants, art exhibitions, museums, shopping, theaters, and other attractions along the Mississippi River in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Fabienne will be giving an artist talk on September 18, 7 pm, at the Jacoby Arts Center ADW Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the day before the workshop begins. We hope participants will plan to attend. 

For more information about Fabienne Rey and the other artists in the international fibers exhibition, From the Inside Outat ADW Gallery on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, explore this entire blog. Each artist has her own page accessed at tabs across the top. Facebook page links and artist blog links can be found in the sidebar along with other information.  

Registration for the workshop is limited to 12 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis. To get on our list to receive registration form, detailed information, pricing and materials list required for workshop, along with links for lodging and local attractions, please email your full name and request to Patricia Vivod at 


Workshop: Friday through Sunday, September 19-21, 2014 - 10am to 5pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 7 pm
Levels of expertise: All levels welcome

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to Illinois!?!

We are pleased (actually jumping up and down!) to announce that Fabienne Rey will be offering a three day intensive workshop for us in September during the time of the exhibition, From the Inside Out.  Mark your calendars!  
Provence Metis (a work in progress) by Fabienne Rey

From the Inside Out: Eco-prints and Memory Cloth
Fabienne Rey - instructor

Workshop: September 19-21, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Price and registration details will be coming soon.

Artist Talk at ADW Gallery, SIUE: Thursday, September 18 
Fabienne, Elizabeth & Pat will all be at the gallery.

Fabienne in her garden in the Netherlands in 2013