Saturday, October 4, 2014

Beautiful Results!

Professor Laura Strand, Head of Textiles
at SIUE is wearing a jacket made from my
rusted silk dupioni.  She looks like a
million dollars!
Photo by Elizabeth Adams-Marks
It's been almost three years but finally Friday night at the Spark and Flame reception at Edwardsville Arts Center I got to see what happened with a piece of rusted yardage I made in 2011. A year or two after the fabric was rusted I donated it to the Friends of Art Auction at SIUE. As a board member of FOA, I was also soliciting work for the auction, so I approached Lillian Bates who owns By Design Boutique in Alton, IL to partner with me by promising to create something with my fabric for the high bidder --who turned out to be Laura Strand.

Click here to see how this piece began, and here for the results of the rusting.

Detail-shibori rusted silk dupioni

Laura's exquisite fiber work is featured in the Spark and Flame exhibit.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Elizabeth Adams-Marks, Irit Dulman, Fabienne Rey, Rio Wrenn, Patricia Vivod

5 pieces out of 52 in the From the Inside Out exhibit at SIUE. 

THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY--then it's all over!

If you live within driving distance, please come see our show before it closes.  

Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Friday Sept 19 from 10-2 (at least)
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20 and 21 from Noon till 3 or 4 

You can call office on Friday to confirm-- 618-650-3183
Office is closed on weekend but gallery is open.
 Contact Pat at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FTIO Reception

Rio Wrenn from Portland Oregon, our visiting artist and one of our participants in FTIO joined us at the reception Friday night.

Elizabeth and I are so proud of what we all accomplished and so happy that the response has been so positive. Follow this link to see other reception photos and some I took when I was alone in the gallery at SIUE.

Elizabeth and I are planning a catalog of the exhibition.  We'll keep you posted on our progress.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


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A condition of complete exhaustion when one is sleep deprived for days on end while installing 52 pieces of artwork.  Brought on, in part, by chronic procrastination regarding one's own work, and exasperated by all the little things that crop up in the process.  

Chaos of installation, ADW Gallery SIUE, in the midst of hanging From the Inside Out exhibition
I am continuing to deprive myself of needed sleep.  The reception was Friday--seems a lifetime ago--but only yesterday in my mind (although it's now the wee hours of Sunday morning which means it was two days ago).  

Today (Saturday) was the first of Rio's two day workshop and a while ago I could hardly keep my eyes open.  Now I am revived for awhile staring at the computer screen, realizing I hadn't posted anything on this blog since July 4.  Wow, this exhibition has taken so much energy.  Can relax now perhaps.  I will post some views of the the exhibition very soon.  

In the meantime - above - here's a teaser.  In the window is one of Irit Dulman's pieces called Pillar of Salt.  It is a breathtaking eco print on wool jersey.  To the right are two of Elizabeth Adams-Marks works on hand made paper.  In the foreground is the mess of what it's like to install a show…rolling step stool; black framework that will eventually hold an embroidered piece of Fabienne Rey's; A large padded table where we pressed virtually everything that came in the door before it was installed which reminds me of the incredible trust the artists placed in EAM and I to handle their work carefully.

I think she and I could write a book on this curating process.  It's been quite an adventure.  I could not be happier with this show.  I am so proud of what we've accomplished and hope that any of you living in the region can see the show in person.  For everyone else, be patient--a catalog will be made.  

From the Inside Out
Art and Design West Gallery
Southern Illinois University 
75 South Circle Drive (on campus)
Edwardsville, IL  62026

Gallery hours 10-2 Monday through Friday
Call 650-3071 to confirm hours because gallery is being staffed by volunteers right now.

A sneak peek of the show.  This area is directly opposite the main view of gallery and showcases all 5 artists.  From left is Irit Dulman's eco printed shibori felt dress; my largest and newest piece, The Feast of Saint Frackcis, layered rust print on the back wall; two of Rio Wrenn's Core pieces that are mounted on canvas, Fabienne Rey's eco printed and embroidered piece mounted on sheer organza and hanging between the two walls, and finally Elizabeth Adams-Marks large hand made paper construction.  

Friday, July 4, 2014


Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are thrilled to announce that we were awarded a Surface Design Association Small Events Grant for our international exhibition From the Inside Out that opens August 18 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville department of Art and Design. Irit Dulman will be sending work from Israel, and Fabienne Rey of the Netherlands, and Rio Wrenn from Portland, Oregon will join us in Illinois for workshops and artist talks. We have a blog devoted to the exhibition at 

Had to update the flier with the announcement:

By the way, there are still openings in both workshops! 
Visit the blog or write me at shiborirust[@]yahoo[.]com for registration information.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rio Wrenn Workshop

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. 

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. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thank you SIUE!

The new flier is done.
Reception date is set!

From the Inside Out is going full steam ahead!
Very soon I will have some pics up of the new venue. It is such a beautiful gallery at SIUE. Mark your calendars!  I want to see you at the show!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Plans Have Changed

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!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eye Candy

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.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The longest wait is almost over

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.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Invisibility Cloak

A wee bit of summer to take my mind off the cold snap.
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