I'm happy to announce that Rio Wrenn will be teaching a workshop on her techniques in conjunction with the international exhibition that Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I have been working on for over a year. If you are interested please write for the information right away. We've already had several inquiries and registration is limited. Instructions and a preview of workshop are below. 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.
UPDATE ON WORKSHOP REGISTRATION:
I just learned a few days ago that registration for the workshop will be handled through SIUE directly. We are working out the details to get it online this week.
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. As soon as the class is online I will also make the url available here and on the FTIO blog so you can go directly there to register. However I still advise that you write me for a complete information packet.
An earth shattering letter arrived in my mailbox a week ago today. Earth shattering might be an exaggeration, but when you've worked as long and hard as Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I have on organizing our international fibers show, you would understand. Over a year's worth of work was challenged by a few simple words…"due to reorganization efforts at Jacoby Arts Center, we will be unable to host your show. Sorry for the inconvenience." We've had one hell of a roller coaster ride this week. As Rose says to Esther in "Meet Me in St. Louis": "The plans have changed". So Jacoby is OUT and a new venue is IN. And what a venue! Unfortunately I don't have any decent pictures of the gallery. Will try to shoot some as soon as school resumes--SIUE is on spring break now. You can see a couple of pics at the From the Inside Out blog. The faculty and exhibition committee at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where both Elizabeth and I got our degrees has voted to forego their annual faculty exhibition and allow our show to be installed in the August/September slot. THANK YOU SIUE! So we have almost the same dates we had originally, and thank goodness, Fabienne's workshop will go on as planned and all participants will get a chance to see the show and hear the artist talk on September 18. We are still working out some of the details since this JUST happened yesterday. We're not sure when the opening reception will be, but will post just as soon as we have the news. From the Inside Out Felt, paper, textiles: Revelations in Natural Mark Making Featuring: Elizabeth Adams-Marks, Irit Dulman, Fabienne Rey, Patricia Vivod, Rio Wrenn ADW Gallery Southern Illinois University Edwardsville August 18-September 21 There will be an artist talk at the opening reception--still working on date There will be another artist talk on September 18 with Fabienne Rey More details coming soon!
Last year I posted about being featured in the summer 2013 issue of Fiber Art Now magazine. FAN kindly sent me a pdf of the article written by Wendy Feldberg, but inexplicably I forgot to share it with you here on the blog. It was a boost to the ego for sure to be the only artist from the USA to be included in this group of seven international artists which includes Arlee Barr-Canada, Yvonne Dalton-Australia, Irit Dulman-Israel, Wendy Feldberg-Canada, Fabienne Rey-The Netherlands, and Elena Ulyanova-Ukraine. Since Fabienne and Irit are participating in my From the Inside Out exhibit, I realized there is no time like the present to present a little eye candy to remind you of the upcoming exhibit.
Remember this piece? I first posted about it in October 2011. On the pipe the color is fresh and beginning to oxidize. Below is a snap of the piece just unwrapped and still wet. Below that are details after the fabric had dried. Since 2011 the fabric has been stored loosely in a tin lined box. I'm about to pull it out and wash it for the first time. Stay tuned for results and keep your fingers crossed.