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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grand Opening

Though From the Inside Out was open all of last week, the reception was held on Friday August 22.  David Vivod, Pat's husband got some nice pictures of our gathering.

Friends and relatives wanted the scoop on this piece to the left.
Ginny French (center) and her husband drove over 2 hours and 130 miles from Fairfield, Illinois to see the show.  I am genetically incapable of telling a short story and cannot talk without my hands getting actively involved.
My nieces and great nephew came to the show.  From left, Mindy Roy, Karen and Ethan Neathery.
My big sis Margaret Kersey and daughter Mindy.
My big brother Bill Johnson, Margaret and me in front of one of my pieces.
Peter Marks, Elizabeth's husband in foreground and Elizabeth in pink and white in center.
Fabulous food for the reception was brought by Linda Miller, Mary Hammett, Mary Jo Larson, Sharon Bean, Rio Wrenn and Pat. We had JUST enough to last all evening.  Thanks everyone!

Sarah Gillespie and friends in the gallery. Sarah just had her thesis show in this gallery a few months ago.
Elizabeth is explaining her handmade paper work to a group.
Long shot of the gallery. We were so pleased with the turn out for the reception.
My dear friends Mary Hammett and Sue and Rich Gaynor from St. Louis drove over. I taught with Mary and Rich for nearly two decades at Notre Dame High School in South St. Louis before I entered grad school.
Two of my favorite Notre Dame girls--both art students all four years of high school. From left Stacey (Cox) Shaw and Katie Schmieder. Love them both and so glad they came. It brought me to tears when I saw them.

The no food in the gallery policy is great to protect our delicate fibers work, but that means the nibbling crowd has to stay in the lobby. We had lots of people all through the evening visiting the gallery.
MoFA member Shirley Nachtrieb came on the first day the show was open and back again on Friday for the reception.  Lots of Missouri Fiber Artist members attended the reception and several also took Rio's workshop.  MoFA awarded us a generous scholarship.  
I think I shall have to get some lace for my next opening so I fit in.  Rio, Elizabeth and I are standing in front of one of EAM's handmade paper pieces.  Rio flew in on Wednesday afternoon.  On Saturday and Sunday she taught a workshop in the textile lab and flew out on Monday…not nearly enough time to get in a good visit.  Come back!  Come back!  We loved having you here.

I took some pictures just after installation when I was alone in the gallery. This is what you see from the entrance of the gallery.

Long view of gallery looking north to the alcoves where we could display on both sides of the moveable walls. We found a way to arrange walls and retain the openness of the gallery.

I would like to remind everyone that Elizabeth and I are in the midst of planning a catalog of the exhibition.  There is lots to do for that--and we need a few days of relaxation first.  We will announce with grand fanfare when the catalog is ready.  In the meantime we hope these sneak peeks keep you satisfied.

For those that live in the region or wish to drive to the show we welcome your visits!
Regular gallery hours are 10-2 Monday through Friday.  Please call the art office at SIUE to check the schedule as it might vary depending on volunteers.  618-650-3071.

I will be there some days.  If you wish to arrange a private tour at some other time, I'd be happy to arrange if I can.  Please message me at Pat Vivod Artist on Facebook or email me at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The opening reception is tomorrow evening--Friday, Aug 22.  Hope you can all make it!!  (Because of the reception the gallery will not her open earlier in the day.  Regular gallery hours 10-2 will resume next week.)

The reception festivities start at 5 pm.
Rio, Elizabeth and I will be giving a gallery talk around 7 pm.

Rio Wrenn - Dreamscape (DETAIL) c2014
Here's another sneak peek!
Rio Wrenn's work features rust, natural dyes, and tea and is all over the gallery.  We have 13 pieces by her.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Starting Tuesday last week we began installing the show. Gee willikers there was a lot to do to make this happen. In fact there is still much to do in the form of gallery signage. But we made great progress with help from several people and all the art was installed as of 6 pm Friday. I estimate that collectively we put in over 100 hours. I know I was putting in long days--on Thursday I was there until after 1 AM because I was still hemming my last piece! (Famous last words--I will never procrastinate again)

The cherry picker at rest after hanging Fabienne's panels.
Laura Strand, head of textiles at SIUE, is the gallery director this semester. She is very knowledgeable about getting things on the wall properly. She took over as soon as Elizabeth and I determined what we wanted where. Gene S. head of maintenance was our certified cherry picker operator. Laura accompanied Gene on the 2 person machine as they hung brackets for the very long pieces, sometimes 11 feet up! (Sorry I had too much to do and didn't get photos of that). In all there were 16 such pieces to hang. Two of my pieces were an extra challenge as one of them was a triple rod bracket and both of them were mounted on a gently curved wall.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth had a free day away from her school duties to hang her own paper work. Suzy Farren (a fiber artist from Missouri) joined us to help along with Mary Jo Larson and her husband John Knowles of Alton. Suzy and Mary Jo had been going to take Fabienne's workshop and were giddy over getting to handle her work. Mary Jo did the majority of stitching Fabienne's scrolls to organza.  Very fine work!  She and John returned Thursday and Friday as well.  I am in awe of their generosity and the long days of help. John helped install much of the work that hangs on the moveable walls and came up with some genius ideas when we ran into problems.  He is a former architect and builder.

Above:  John Knowles, master of many things, patiently ripping out a complex zigzag hem on one of my pieces that was interfering with how the piece hung.

Here is a sneak peek that includes all five us in the shot. From left is Irit's eco printed shibori felt dress; an object rust print piece of Pat's on the tall wall; two of Rio's framed "core" silk rust and natural dye pieces; one of Fabienne's embroidered scrolls mounted on an organza panel and suspended between the two moveable walls; and finally Elizabeth's rust and walnut dyed hand made paper construction.

From the Inside Out at Art & Design West Gallery, SIUE c2014 Pat Vivod

You are all invited to see the rest of the show!
Dates:  August 18-22, 2014
Reception is August 22, 5 to 9 pm with gallery talk at 7 pm
Rio Wrenn will be joining at the reception and to teach a workshop on Aug 23 and 24 at SIUE

Art & Design West Gallery 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
75 South Circle Drive
Edwardsville, IL  62026

Call SIUE for gallery hours if you wish to visit on weekdays which will vary because we have grad assistants and volunteers acting as docents.  

See you all on Friday!

PS:  Check out our sponsor page for some new additions!  MoFA just gave us a scholarship.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Page Views top 18,000

Woo Hoo
I can't believe we've achieved this many page views.  Thanks to all who visit and read about the show.  The showcard is at the printers and as soon as it arrives, I'll post it here.  It's a beauty if I do say so myself.

We are getting might close--Rio's work will arrive Thursday.  All of Fabienne's work is here now.  Irit's has been here for awhile.  The stragglers are Elizabeth and me!  We've had so much else going on we've barely had time for our own work.  Elizabeth is already trekking to St. Louis to her school getting her classroom ready and going to meetings!  Neither of us may get much sleep in the next days, but the work will be done.  For me it's all about rod pocket hems now.

Installation is next week!

Patricia Vivod c2014 Detail- no title yet
This is a detail of one of my direct object rust pieces in progress last summer in the studio.  I made an edition on organza.  The piece will hang with two other layers.

You can see some of Elizabeth's progress on her Facebook page.  (see the sidebar)

If you have not paid a visit to our sponsor page, please do.  Without them this exhibition wouldn't be happening.  If you live in the region we hope you'll consider taking advantage of what our business sponsors offer.
Thank you to them all!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The art is arriving!

Yesterday Elizabeth and I opened a huge carton from Israel of Irit's felt and eco prints.  To see the work up close and in person is just thrilling.   Some of Fabienne's art has also arrived from The Netherlands.  Wow wow wow, we are getting excited.  Rio's work starts the journey from Portland, Oregon today.  Can't wait.  Now if Elizabeth and I can get our work done on time, we might just be able to participate, lol.  I'm just about done with the showcard.
So much to do…but where there is a will there is a way.
Here's a peek at a detail of Elizabeth's brand new rusted paper.

Elizabeth Adam-Marks c2014   DETAIL of rust print on handmade paper 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News from The Netherlands - Down to One Workshop for FTIO

Fabienne Rey cancels USA trip.
Fabienne Rey wrote to us on the evening of July 21 with very sad news and profound apologies that she is cancelling her 2014 trip to the USA, the Eco Prints and Memory Cloth workshops in Tennessee and Illinois, and her artist talk at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  This was a very difficult decision for Fabienne.  "For serious health issues in my family, I’m forced to put my commitments on hold for the time being as I'm much needed at home." – Fabienne Rey

Thank you for your understanding, 
Elizabeth Adams-Marks
Patricia Vivod
Co-curators of From the Inside Out 

From the Inside Out exhibition continues as planned!
We want to emphasize that From the Inside Out – Felt, Paper, Textiles: Revelations in Natural Mark Making will continue as planned at the Art and Design Gallery West, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from August 18-September 21, 2014.  Fabienne’s gorgeous embroidery and eco-printed panels will continue to be part of this international exhibition that also includes: Irit Dulman of Israel; Rio Wrenn of Portland, Oregon; and curators Elizabeth Adams-Marks and Pat Vivod from Illinois.

Rio Wrenn’s workshop continues as planned!
The opening reception and artist talk by Rio Wrenn, and curators, Elizabeth and Pat, will be on Friday, August 22, 5 to 9 pm.  Rio’s workshop, Printing and Dyeing With Rust and Tannins, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 in the textile lab at SIUE.   We do have one opening is Rio’s workshop.  Please go to the SIUE site to register.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Rio Wrenn's workshop was full as of a few days ago, but just had a cancellation.  Her registration is handled through SIUE.  We want to fill that opening.  Please go the SIUE site to register.

Cindy at SIUE will be happy to put you on a wait list for Rio's workshop if it fills.  Don't hesitate to contact her.

Fabienne Rey's workshop is full once again--but I will start another wait list.  Don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com

Monday, July 7, 2014

Update on Workshops

We have 4 openings left in Rio Wrenn's workshop on Dyeing and Printing with Rust and Tannins.  You can register online here.  Please email for a packet of complete information.  See below.

We have 3 openings in Fabienne Rey's workshop Eco-Prints and Memory Cloth I.  Registration is handled with Pat via check.

For complete workshop packet information on either workshop please email Pat at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com

SIUE Art & Design East and West, the gallery is on the right  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Exciting News from SDA

Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are thrilled to announce we've won a Surface Design Association Small Events Grant for our exhibit From the Inside Out.   The $500 grant is a welcome addition to our fund raising efforts for this show and will help pay for return shipping of art work and other expenses.  Woo hoo!

Thank you SDA for supporting our efforts.  It is greatly appreciated.  This has been a challenging show to organize and we are so happy to have been awarded this money.  Fund raising continues however because among the various expenses we anticipate, we are absolutely determined to create an exhibition catalog to top off the project.

Stay tuned for more news!   And check out our sponsor page!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Don't miss out!

Only 5 spaces left in the Rio Wrenn workshop:
Dyeing and Printing with Rust and Tannins.

Write to Pat for a workshop packet now at

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lucky Day

The surprise from inside a bundle
Greetings everyone on this fine Sunday afternoon. It could be your lucky day. We've had two cancellations in Fabienne's workshop. I've run through the wait list and none of those people can make it. So we are advertising again. Visit this link for information on her workshop:

From the Inside Out - Eco-Prints and Memory Cloth 1

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

Email your contact info to Pat at:

Sunday, May 25, 2014


The decision is made!  Rio will teach a 2 day workshop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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

August 23 & 24, 2014
10 am to 5 pm

The workshop will be held in the textile lab at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Art & Design.

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 art building adjacent to Art and Design West Gallery where the FTIO exhibit will be on display. 

No experience is necessary to participate in this workshop except knowledge of basic hand sewing.   

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 


Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, 10 am to 5 pm
Levels of expertise for workshop: All levels welcome

Artist talk and opening reception of FTIO on Friday, August 22, 5 to 9 pm.

Rio will be present at the opening reception and will participate along with Elizabeth Adams-Marks and Pat Vivod in the artist talk during the evening around 7 pm. 

Registration for the workshop will be handled through SIUE directly.  Link to their website here.

But please do contact me at the email above to request the registration packet so you have the complete information.  The packet will include the online website where you'll be able to register and pay for the workshop.  


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