Friday, April 11, 2014

Katazome Class with John Marshall

Introduction to Katazome with John Marshall
Come learn the basics of katazome! Students will work with a range of materials, experience applying resist and making pigment dyes. Fabric samples  used will include silk, paper, help and cotton. The focus is on giving each student a broad range of experiences -- a sampler of the katazome process!
(Check out John's work at:
Thursday - Saturday, July 24 - 26, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
$90 Material Fee
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles, IL 60174

Rachel Yackley
Marketing Manager
Fine Line Creative Arts Center

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

From the Inside Out at SIUE and workshop opportunity

Here is the new flier for our show announcing the new venue and opening reception date. As you may remember from my earlier post, our venue moved to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to the new gallery in the Department of Art & Design. You can link here for info on the gallery.

We are thrilled to be in such a beautiful space.  
Our opening reception will be Friday, August 22, 2014, 5 to 9 pm. The show runs through September 21.

We are also thrilled to announce that Rio Wrenn will be joining us from Portland, Oregon for the opening and will be teaching a workshop in the newly renovated textile lab at SIUE on the weekend. Rio's workshop, From the Inside Out: Dyeing & Printing with Iron and Tannins, promises to be a magical experience. I hope you'll consider joining us for the fun.  Workshop and contact information can be found here.

Rio's is the 2nd workshop associated with this exhibit.  Fabienne Rey's workshop on eco-printing is full.  However Fabienne will give an artist talk at the gallery on September 18, 7 pm which is open to the public. 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hi all!
I just wanted to put a reminder up on the blog that the next meeting for the Illinois chapter of the SDA is going to be Saturday March 29th, 2014 at 10 am at Ausrine's Arts Room of Evanston. You should have received an email a couple of weeks ago and there should be a reminder coming out later tonight via email. Also, we have added some additional information to tonight's email about an exhibition opportunity that will be discussed at the meeting. I am also adding that information below.

Illinois SDA members are invited to participate in a fiber exhibition on reproductive rights called, The Exquisite Uterus. Artists will be able to purchase a uterus for $5 at the meeting on March 29th or email Jeanette to purchase one and it will be mailed to you.

The exhibition will come to HumanThread Gallery in the Bridgeport Art Center in July.
There will be an opening reception and meet and greet dinner July 18th with the exhibit organizers before the opening.

HERE is an article about the show.

I hope to see you all at the meeting! If you can't make it to the meeting but want to participate in the exhibition "The Exquisite Uterus" please contact me or Jeanette and we will let you know how to get your "uterus".

Take Care,
Frances & Jeanette

Friday, February 28, 2014

Blue World/Green World an FAC exhibit

Greetings All, 
March 3 - 28, 2014
 Reception March 8 from 1-3
Gallery Walk March 12 at 2

Peoria Public Library
107 NE. Monroe, Peoria, IL 61602

Blue World/Green World includes 34 pieces by 16 of our members. Works for this exhibit range from representational to impressionistic to abstract. They are all references to the natural world, exploring the real world of sea, sky, field and trees as well as the metaphorical world, the limitless possibilities and the wonders of the here and now. This exhibit promotes serenity and groundedness. Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of quilt art with a distinctively contemporary edge. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

From the Inside Out--exhibition and workshop

UPDATE:  New Venue and New Dates!

Since writing the post below, we lost our gallery.  But the very good news is that we now have a new venue for our international show From the Inside Out.  

New venue: ADW Gallery 
Art & Design West Building
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

New dates:  August 18-September 21, 2014
Opening reception TBA. 

Fabienne Rey's workshop will go on as planned. 

More info will be coming in a new post very soon.  In the meantime you can read a bit about the change here and here.

The workshop taught by Fabienne Rey will go on as planned.

Greetings from Southern Illinois.  It's been awhile since I last posted.  Let me reintroduce myself.  I am Pat Vivod.  

Detail of rust print work in progress.  Silk
Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are co-curating an international exhibition at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL  now to be held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, that opens this August. We have invited Fabienne Rey of the Netherlands, Irit Dulman of Israel and Rio Wrenn of Portland, Oregon to join us in the exhibition. Elizabeth and I live just eight miles apart and have known each other for over a decade.  The five of us have been Facebook and blog friends for a few years.  

All of us work with natural materials, Fabienne with silk and felt, Irit with felt and both do eco-printing, Rio and I work with with rust, and Elizabeth with handmade paper, indigo and rust.  All of us have exhibited widely. If you are a subscriber to Fiber Art Now, you may recognize our names from the Summer 2013 issue.  Fabienne, Irit and I were featured in Wendy Feldberg's article Unearthing Eco-dyes.  Irit shared the magazine article on her blog here.  

Our exhibit is titled From the Inside Out: Revelations in Natural Mark Making and has already been a year in the making.  The title is a reference, in part, to how we work.  You can read all about the exhibit and see artist profiles at our blog From the Inside Out.

From the Inside Out will run from August 22 to October 4, 2014 now Aug 18-Sept 21, 2014
Opening reception is August 22, 5 to 9 pm.  TBA
There will be an artist talk that evening with Elizabeth and I--and we are keeping our fingers crossed that Rio Wrenn will be able to join us.  We are negotiating for her to teach a one day workshop, so stay tuned.   

We hope you can see the show.  If you can't make the opening, but want a tour of the exhibit contact me when you'll be in Alton.  I'll be happy to meet you at the gallery.  

We are also pleased to announce that Fabienne Rey will be zooming over from the Netherlands to teach a workshop in conjunction with our exhibit in September.

Detail of eco-printed silk

From The Inside Out: Eco-Prints and Memory Cloth I is a 3 day intensive workshop to be held outdoors in a garden setting about 30 minutes east of downtown St. Louis.  The workshop will be limited to 12 participants.  No eco-dye experience necessary.  
Workshop dates are September 19, 20, 21, 2014
Fabienne will also give a gallery talk at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton now ADW Gallery SIUE on September 18, 7 pm.

Information for Fabienne's workshop can be found here.

If you think you might be interested in participating the workshop, you should know that slots are filling up fast.  To get on our mailing list for details and registration form, you can message me your full name and email at Pat Vivod Artist on Facebook or write to shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com.   

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gallery space transformation

 This is the way the gallery space outside my studio looks today. Tomorrow I will be working with the 4th Friday interns to hang the 20+ pieces in my water reflection series for the featured artist show at 4th Friday at the Starline. I will post photos tomorrow of the transformed space.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Opening of The Eye and the Needle

Two fiber art exhibits: The Eye and the Needle and Salvage and Selvage will be at the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha,WI, January 26- March 23,2014. A reception with the artists is Sunday, January 26, 1:30-4pm. 

The Eye and the Needle”, is an exhibit of contemporary fiber art work by Illinois and Wisconsin Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA IL-WI ) created from the artist’s original photo, used as inspiration, in production, manipulation or in some other manner in the creation of the work. The artwork and photo will be hung in tandem for each artist. Approximately 25 works by 18 artists with wide variations in interpretation, style, and implementation will be shown. Work by Illinois fiber artist Michelle Sales, the Eye and the Needle juror will also be included. The Anderson Arts Center is located at 121 Sixty Sixth Street in Kenosha, WI, 53143.
A color catalog, “The Eye and the Needle “ is available for purchase through For more information about the exhibit contact Pat Kroth, SAQA regional representative and exhibition curator: or Barbara Schneider, Illinois SAQA regional representative:
SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. It is an international organization of more than 3,000 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators, and corporate sponsors. You can find out more information at
You can visit the SAQA ILWI regional blog at:

Salvage and Selvage, a fiber art exhibit using recycled materials, by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition is premiering at the Anderson at the same time. The exhibit premiers at Anderson Arts Center, then goes on to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau in April 2014, and will tour to locations throughout the US during the next two years.
“Salvage is the saving and use of waste materials; Selvage is the fabric edging woven to prevent fraying.” In Salvage and Selvage, Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition combined these notions and embraced the challenge to create fiber artwork using “non-traditional” materials. No other directives were supplied. The individual works use a variety of materials, surface design and stitching techniques to create unique explorations in fiber art, including: game pieces, packing materials, bubble-wrap, kimonos and candy wrappers.
Fiber Artists Coalition is an affiliation of textile artists who collaborate in securing opportunities for work to be exhibited in venues throughout the US. Members of FAC employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge. Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and lecturers. Many exhibit their work in juried group and solo exhibitions within and beyond the U.S. All are Professional Artist Members of SAQA. You can learn more about FAC at

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Water Colors exhibit

Coming too soon is my solo exhibit at The Starline Gallery. I will be showing about 18 art quilts and art cloth pieces from my water reflection series. Some of these pieces have not been gathered together in quite some time. I just received Reflections, Venice, var. 2 back from its sojourn at the U. S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos.  More information to come as the I get closer to the date. Now it's time to clean studio, make labels, finish poster, get work ready to hang and ......

Sunday, January 5, 2014 start up for 2014

Hi all,
I have begun posting daily (she says hopefully) to my blog again. I decided that the daily practice of posting a photo is something I miss. It keeps me focused on looking around, it "encourages" me to work in Photoshop and learn more and keeps me in touch with others. And sometimes great ideas for art work grows out of these daily exercises.

So if you have time to follow along go visit:

Barbara Schneider

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reminder: SDA-IL Meeting at Union Street Gallery Saturday December 7th 11am

Hi all!
I just wanted to remind everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Saturday December 7th at 11:00am. It is a very lovely gallery and collective artists studio space in a landmark historical building (they also have a wonderful gift shop too!). Please come out and enjoy food, conversation, and the gallery. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell. Also, please bring a dish to share as this will be potluck. This should be a lot of fun and for sure a visual feast. Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hanging the SAQA Eye and the Needle exhibit

 Our banner!
 The Fineline entrance
The Fineline garden

Work in progress
 Frieda and Laura
Here are a few photos from the hanging of the show yesterday at The Fineline Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL. The exhibit opening reception is Saturday Octover 19 from 2-4:30. Please come out and see the show! Thanks to Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski for helping with the hanging.
Hope to see you at the exhibit, Barbara and Pat

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Correction to reception date for the Eye and the Needle

My bad! The correct date for the opening is Saturday, October 19 from 2-4:30.

The time is almost here! We are hanging the Eye and the Needle exhibit this coming Wednesday at The Fineline Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL.

The opening is Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. We would love to have SDA members come and be part of that event.

The work is great, we have great support from the Fineline staff and we are almost ready to go!

The Kavanugh Gallery, The Fineline Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL
October 11 to November 16, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2-4:30 pm

Barbara Schneider and Pat Kroth, Co-curators

The opening is Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. We would love to have everyone come and be part of that event.

Friday, October 4, 2013

REMINDER: RSVP Needed For Head Count Immediately!

Marianne Biagi is offering a bead workshop October 12, 2013 12-4 pm.

Learn simple bead embroidery techniques to add colorful textures and dimension to fabric artwork and art quilts. While working a sampler, students will learn the basics of bead embroidery beginning with how to prep fabric, types of beads and stitching styles to create a unique beaded design. While working in class students will also learn how to embellish their design with ribbons and fibers to create more luxuriant textures. A supply list will be provided by Marianne.

Cost of Workshop $50.00

Materials fee $15.00 (beading needles, beading threads, beads, silk ribbons)

Optional kit $50.00 (background fabrics, beading needles, beading threads, silk ribbons, assortment
of beads, stabilizer)

At HumanThread at the Bridgeport Art Center
We will have potluck lunch, snacks and drinks will be allowed in the studio

Please RSVP by Oct 5th to Frances at so that we can have an accurate head count. There must be 6 people signed up for the class to go.

SAQA Regional Exhibit - The Eye and the Needle coming soon!

Hi everyone,

The time is almost here! We are hanging the Eye and the Needle exhibit this coming Wednesday at The Fineline Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL.

The opening is Saturday, October 20 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. We would love to have SDA members come and be part of that event.

The work is great, we have great support from the Fineline staff and we are almost ready to go!

The Kavanugh Gallery, The FIneline Creative Arts Center
37W570 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL
October 11 to November 16, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2-4:30 pm

Barbara Schneider and Pat Kroth, Co-curators

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Solo Show: "Collateral Damage" Works by Kathy Weaver

("Despair", detail - airbrushed, gouache, charcoal on paper)

Human Thread Center/Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibit “Collateral Damage”, drawings and mixed media work by Kathy Weaver.

Opening – Friday, October 18th, 6 - 10 pm.

Weaver’s large scale airbrush and charcoal drawings portray the effects of war on citizens and their environment. The drawings are inspired by people’s endurance in the face of the dogs of war. Several fiber pieces are also on view, among them one depicting suspension of Habeas Corpus at Guantanamo.

HumanThread Center/Gallery for Nonviolence, Arts & Education is an NPO that engages individuals in conversation about peace, nonviolence and human dignity through art, education, and discussion. Open Mic performances will take place at the gallery during the exhibition.


@Bridgeport Art Center
5th Floor
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

("Habeas Corpus: The Great Writ", 35h x 68w, cottons, nylon line, digital prints, airbrushed, hand-stitched)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Quilting Arts on PBS episodes

Hi all,
This past spring I filmed 3 different segments for the Quilting Arts TV program that runs on PBS. The new series starts this month (different times and places for each PBS carrier). In case you might want to see my short segments they are part of Series 1200 – specifically in the 1211, 1212, 1213 episodes. 

Barbara Schneider

Friday, July 26, 2013

Deadline For Exhibition "Always Something..." Extended to August 5th 2013 Midnight

SDA-IL Sponsored Call For Artist has been extended to August 5th 2013 Midnight (open to Midwest SDA members)

Midwest SDA Exhibition September 2013: Always Something…
Exhibit Concept: The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate reactions when things don’t go our way. A journey stalled by a red light, construction that blocks our path; a bridge goes up and halts our progress. One thing leads to another… Perhaps these moments allow for us to notice something unexpected, a mother and child holding hands, a sunlit tree reveals magic, we hear the sweet music of a songbird. Life is motion, each unexpected change allows for an opportunity to see our world anew and alter our perspective.
Image of Pieces due July 29th, 2013 ( Image of Pieces Now Due: August 5th, 2013 ). Full prospectus can be found on SDA Il blog on the right hand column --->

Exhibition will be held at The Vogt Visual Arts Center ( in Tinley Park, IL September 3rd through the 26th.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Changes and Congratulations!

Jeanette Thompson who has been our wonderful Illinois representative for the last couple of years has accepted a board position within the SDA and so has stepped down as the Illinois representative. Frances Krueger-Jackson who administrates the Illinois chapter's blog has accepted the position as the new Illinois representative. Don't worry, we will continue to see Jeanette often. She plans to continue to be very involved in the Illinois chapter. Congratulations to them both!