Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Update on the FTIO exhibition catalog

I am ridiculously overdue in explaining the delay in finishing the catalog.

I have my fingers in so many pies this year--making new work and preparing for 5 shows this fall, one of which I am curating, plus another major project involving my art and one small one have taken over my life and put the catalog on temporary hold.

On top of all of that my big desktop computer on which the catalog is being created has decided it doesn't want to work properly anymore.  Some really strange things have been happening.  Never fear--the catalog is archived on a separate drive and available when I am ready to resume the proofreading and a few corrections that are still to be made.  It is very close to being finished.

My sincere apologies for the long wait.
I WILL finish the catalog.  And I will keep you posted on when it is going to be published.

Thank you for your patience!

Here's a preview gallery shot…

A glimpse of one of Fabienne's 12 eco printed panels on the left, Rio's large silk circle on the far wall, Irit's tree bark felted piece on the near wall, and Fabienne's embroidered eco print on the right.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting really close!

Our catalog will be ONE  HUNDRED  PAGES! 

It's big and it's beautiful just like this detail of Elizabeth's that will appear in the catalog. 

Elizabeth Adams-Marks, Leats and Buddles, Tin Mines on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK, handmade abaca and flax paper, rust printed and embossed, tannins and teas, stitching, 19.5" x 23.5" [50 cm x 60 cm], 2014.  DETAIL.
Photos: Patricia Vivod

I am proofreading now.  Reading backwards very slowly.  Then will set the page numbers and few other details and finally will be able to upload and start the process of offering our exhibition catalog to the world.  Just a little more patience required.  It will be worth it, I guarantee that.

Friday, January 9, 2015

75 pages and counting

A favorite gallery scene that will appear in catalog.  How many rectangles?

A recent visitor to my house (who shall remain nameless) made light of my efforts to get the catalog done, teasing me for taking so long. The more I thought about it, the more I thought that was an unfair assessment of what Elizabeth and I are doing. This is no brochure. This is a full fledged catalog of the entire exhibit. And it will be a thing of beauty when it is done. Granted it has taken some time, but we have sifted through nearly 600 photographs taken for this show, finding the best image for each of the 52 pieces that hung in the gallery, plus detail images for much of the art. We are also including 30 or more gallery scenes such as the one above that features work (L-R) by Irit, Fabienne and Rio.

Before we even started, we took some time to select fonts that we liked and made sure that they would work in print or e-book format. Each of the photos selected has had to be color corrected and then plugged into a custom layout. Blurb offers a nice array of layout choices, but many pages have been modified or built from scratch and all of them have been done one at time--importing the photos as needed. Each photo is tried out and adjusted for size and often cropped on the page, a nice feature that Blurb offers. We've discovered a few of the photos, for one reason or another, have been too low res, so tomorrow I'm actually going to rephotograph a couple of Elizabeth's pieces and Rio is sending a higher res image of one of her pieces for which we neglected to get a detail. There is always something...

Each piece of art has to have the correct caption and captions are in a different size font and style so we are constantly proofreading to be sure we are consistent and once in a blue moon there is not enough space, so the page has to be adjusted--a font made smaller or a picture resized to accommodate the information. For those of you who live in a metric world, we are converting all dimensions so that we all can know the sizes.  Elizabeth and I don't always agree on the outcome of a particular page, so there has been compromise and editing as we go along. She can spot a comma dilemma from 20 paces and keeps me on my toes for professional writing.  We will soon be proofreading the heck out of this--Elizabeth was an illustrator and graphic designer for 25 years in her former life and I taught yearbook for 14 years along with teaching art for 25 years, so we know how to design and we know how to spot mistakes--and we so want this book to be perfect. 

Elizabeth and I agonized for a week or more at the beginning writing the introduction to the book for which we have a dazzling panorama of the gallery--can't wait for you all to see it. Each of the artists contributed an artist statement that is being included--and an additional statement for a special piece--something that was not offered in the gallery.  And of course all of that information has to be typed into the text boxes on the pages. 

Last I counted, there were over 75 pages with a 1000 MB file to go along with them.  I like that Blurb is easy to use.  I have run into a few glitches along the way as I mentioned in my last post, but I've had Blurb support helping.  We are in the last stretch of creating.  I hope we'll be able to announce the publication of the book very soon.  Thank you so much for your patience.  I hope you'll think it's been worth the wait. 

Here's to kicking off the new year with a bang!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catalog Update!

Irit Dulman eco printed shibori felt dress,
one of the icons from the exhibit.
You all must think we dropped off the face of the earth! Here's a confession. Creating From the Inside Out took 2 years and frankly, when the show came down and everything was packed up to send back to the artists, I felt I deserved a little rest. (Elizabeth doesn't get any rest--she's a middle school art teacher with a demanding schedule to contend with plus students (probably) jumping out of their skins in anticipation of the coming holidays.) But I assure you that the catalog is well underway! Elizabeth and I have consulted several times and will continue to do so. 

It took awhile, but we wrote one heck of an intro. We've got gorgeous photos. Sometimes I get caught up in just staring at them, conjuring memories of the exhibition. Blurb is easy to work with, but once in a while I hit a little snag. For example, last evening, suddenly any picture I tried to upload was declared corrupt. So all was saved and the program was shut down to rest. Then everything began working like a charm again and, for those who know me well, I worked LONG into the wee hours.

This morning, however was a different story. When I tried to find the book file and open it, it wasn't where it was supposed to be. And when I did find it, several pages that were created last night were gone. GRRRR! (I know what you are thinking!  I did SAVE it!)  Hopefully it won't take too long to bring it up to date again. Wish me lots of luck! I hope the catalog can be finished soon!

Peace and Best wishes to all of you!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Down and Out the Door

From the Inside Out came down in about 5 hours on September 22. Amazing how fast the de-install was compared to the over 100 collective hours to get it up on the walls.  Many thanks to Mary Jo Larson and John Knowles for helping again. 

In the meantime, the moveable walls have been rearranged and a new exhibition is being installed this week at SIUE. I'm anxious to see the new show, but it was disconcerting to see the gallery changed after spending so much time contemplating FTIO in the space.   

After spending a week on packing, I didn't want any help with the task, I took Fabienne's work to Fed Ex which, for a hefty price, did a fine job of shooting it across the pond and into Fabienne's hands in under 48 hours. Wow that was fast.  Rio's will go a bit slower, by ground with UPS. But I learned something new. Fed Ex was not going to accept one of Fab's boxes because I'd wrapped it in heavy paper to cover all the logos on a reused box from a retailer. But the clerk finally relented after I wound tape around it from one end to the other. He even supplied the tape free of charge. Of course the revelation that paper is not allowed sent me back to SIUE the next day to rethink one of Rio's boxes. I ripped the paper off her pieced together box and wrapped the entire thing in another layer of cardboard to strengthen it. I must say it was not an easy task single handed, but at 72" long (with her rods inside) I didn't want the box to suffer getting bent. It was handy too that the art supply cage at SIUE sells 4x8 sheets of cardboard!

Now, finally, I can give my full attention to the making of the catalog.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An Absolutely Splendid Installation…a review of our show!

A peek into the gallery from the lobby at SIUE.  Our title is on the glass.

On the night of the opening reception of From the Inside Out I spoke with Sun Smith-Foreta practicing psychotherapist in St. Louis and a regional textile artist, who wrote a review for a show I curated in 201l.  She asked if we had anyone to write about this new show and I said YOU.  She has done us proud.   I'm happy to share with you Sun's reaction to From the Inside Out.  It makes my heart sing.  

Visit Art Saint Louis / Art Dialogue to read and feast your eyes on some more images from the show.   Many thanks to Sun for writing it and also to Robin Hirsch, Artistic Director of Art Saint Louis for getting the review up on the blog so quickly.  

From the Inside Out is open one more week and ends Sunday, Sept. 21.  Regular hours are 10-2 M-F, but Pat will be at the gallery to keep it open later Friday afternoon Sept 12.  And we will open the gallery on Saturday, Sept 13 from noon to 2.  Please visit!

If you wish a personal tour, contact Pat at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com.  

Things will be hopping for sure next week with some out of state visitors. 
Don't miss your chance to see this show in person.  It truly is a stunner.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gallery Hours

Regular gallery hours are 10 to 2  on Monday through Friday. 

One or two days a week the gallery actually opens earlier.
It all depends on whether a grad student docent is available.  

If you are coming for a visit, PLEASE first verify the hours by calling the SIUE art office at 650-3183.

If you want a personal tour or a different time frame to see the show, please private message Pat Vivod Artist on Facebook or email her at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com a couple days in advance and give Pat a chance to arrange her schedule to meet you at the gallery.  (She is not available this coming Thursday, Sept 11)

Elizabeth and Pat both will be at the gallery on Friday afternoon September 12 for a tour which will go beyond regular closing hour.  You are welcome to join our other visitors.  We will also be at the gallery on Saturday afternoon September 13 from noon to at least 2, perhaps beyond, for another tour.  Please join us if you are able. 

Stay tuned for last minute updates as we get close to the end of the exhibit which closes on September 21.  

We hope you'll come see the show--it's a doozy!

Installation challenge

This perhaps confusing image is one of Fabienne's embroidered scrolls as it lay on a dye splattered drop cloth from the textile lab. We were stitching it to the organza panel on which the work was eventually displayed in the gallery.  Five such scrolls had to be stitched--4 to hang through out the gallery and one arranged on a light table. The organza is so transparent you might not even notice it in the photo. The plastic ruler kept the needle from catching the padded surface below and made stitching much easier.  The organza panels gave the scrolls a stronger presence in the gallery.