Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hi all,

I just wanted to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and fantastic New Year!
Also, if you haven't been reading the updates from the SDA we are only $20,000 away from meeting our goal. If you have not donated and still want to, or if you need to update your membership (or buy someone the gift of a membership) it's not too late (2014 has one more day left)... you can pledge here at http://www.surfacedesign.org/get-involv…/pledge-your-support, or buy a membership on the website http://www.surfacedesign.org/. Let's keep the SDA going strong!

You all stay warm and have a great New Year!
SDA-IL Representative

***Special Postscript***
Good news, we are just $15,000 away from our goal. You can make your pledge now and pay in increments over the next year. One more day to make our goal!
~ Jeanette

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery is the next meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sat. October 11th 2014 at 11am at Union Street Gallery:

Hi all!
I just wanted to tell everybody that our next meeting will be held in Chicago Heights, IL at the Union Street Gallery on Saturday October 11th at 11:00am. The first hour will be meeting and show & tell the second hour from 12pm on will be an artist talk held by Akemi Nakano Cohn about her work that is presently being displayed at Union Street Gallery as part of Union Street's exhibit “Materials Matter”. Union Street has a very lovely gallery and is an artists studio collective space in a landmark historical building in Chicago Heights (they also have a wonderful gift shop!). Please bring a dish or beverage to share and come out and enjoy refreshments, conversation, the talk, and the gallery. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show and tell (due to time limitation please bring no more than 2 pieces). This should be a lot of fun and for sure a very interesting talk. If possible please let me know that you are coming via email or comment below. Please feel free to bring a friend if they are interested (the more the merrier)! Also, you can find more information about Union Street Galleries here.

* Union Street Galleries is located at: 1527 Otto Blvd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411. *

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is still time to see From the Inside Out at SIUE

A splendid review was written about From the Inside Out by Sun Smith-Foret for the Art Saint Louis / Art Dialogue blog.  You still have a little more than a week to see the show.  Details are on FTIO blog.
Check out the review here.

From the Inside Out
August 18-September 21
Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Gallery hours 10-2 Monday -Friday
Phone ahead to be sure--618-650-3183

By appointment -- contact Pat Vivod at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hi all!
You are invited Saturday September 13, 2014 to the home and studio of Adamandia Kapsalis. The meeting will include show and tell and snacks (please bring a dish to share as it is potluck). Adamandia lives in the Andersonville area on the North side of Chicago. She is a mixed media textile artist and recently had her work displayed in the SDA-IL exhibit "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" held at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center. You should receive a SDA email soon with her address and instructions. If you have any problems or questions regarding directions please feel free to comment below or email me. Anyway, please come out for the latest SDA news, food, and of course show & tell. Please let me know if you are coming so that we can have an idea of how many will be there.
Thank you,

(Note: Picture above features two of Adamandia's pieces)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pictures from the "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" Show/Exhibit.

Hi all!
My husband took several pictures of the show before the reception. Here are a few of them. Have a look see!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"From the Inside Out” - Opening Reception at SIUE from 5-9pm on August 22, 2014

After more than 22 months of planning, Pat Vivod and I, co-curators of FTIO, invite all fiber artists, collectors and those who simply love textiles to the opening reception of our exhibition at SIUE on August 22.  With artwork by five artists from Israel, The Netherlands and the USA, this will be a very exciting show!!

This exhibition is the recipient of a 2014 SDA Small Events Grant.

From the Inside Out is an international exhibition of five artists who share a devotion to ecological, economical and sustainable ways of dyeing and printing natural fibers, fabrics and handmade paper, but whose individual processes and ideas are quite diverse.

Each artist explores distinct interpretations of the overarching theme through personal investigations defined by their individual key words: Tangent, Seeds, Mapping, Feast, and Core. From handmade paper to heavily textured felt, from rust printed silk hangings to profusely embroidered eco-printed silks, the title describes both a process and an artistic vision.

                            Elizabeth Adams-Marks (Illinois, USA)
                            Irit Dulman (Tel Aviv, Israel)
                            Fabienne Rey (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
                            Patricia Vivod (Illinois, USA)
                            Rio Wrenn (Oregon, USA)

Opening Reception: Friday August 22, 5 to 9pm
Artist Talk: Friday August 22, 7pm
Exhibition: August 18 to September 21, 2014
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Art and Design West Gallery
75 South Circle Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62026

For more information about the show and the artists, see our blog at: http://exhibition-fromtheinsideout.blogspot.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

The next meeting for SDA-IL will be Friday August 22, 2014 at Barbara Schneider's studio at 1pm

Hi all!

You are invited Friday August 22, 2014 to Barbara Schneider's studio at The Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL at 1 pm (address should be in SDA constant contact email that went out today). Please bring something to share for a potluck. Barbara will have coffee, ice tea, hot tea and bottled water.

We will hold a combined SAQA/SDA meeting. We will have the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) traveling trunk show as well as the SDA (Surface Design Association) Swatch Library available for viewing. This is a great opportunity to see at least 50 small quilts made with various techniques and also to see the many varieties of surface design techniques on the 12 x 12 fabric swatches. In addition to the meeting we will have show and tell and food. Harvard is approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago and 10 miles south of Walworth at the west end of Lake Geneva. For those driving from the east and south you can take the northwest toll way to Rt. 47, go north 15 miles to Woodstock, and then west again to Harvard (about 15 miles).  For those who might like to take the train the Metra line is the Union Pacific Northwest Line to Harvard. You can look up the schedule. The train stops right outside the studio building.


In addition to our meeting at the Starline that day, you might want to consider these additional options:

1. A 15 minute drive up to Lake Geneva area for fun and frolic

2. Staying on (or coming back from Lake Geneva) for The Starline’ 4th Friday event. This is a great opportunity to see several open artist studios, see 1-2 juried art exhibits, a photo exhibit, hear live music, eat appetizers and generally have a fun time from 6-9 pm for $5!


3. Right next door to the Starline building is Steelheart , which stays open on 4th Friday nights. It is a huge space filled with all kinds of steel and wire ornamental stuff for your home and garden. And also just another interesting building to poke around in.


Please RSVP to Barbara Schneider (her email is in the SDA constant contact email that was sent out today) or myself to let her know if you can come so she can get a count on food, chairs and things like that. You can also reply via comment or on the SDA-IL facebook page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jean M. Judd - update

Greetings All,
I was interviewed by a writer for About.com on August 1st about having an artist career and juried exhibitions. It just went live late yesterday and here is the link.http://fineart.about.com/od/Artists/fl/Q-and-A-with-Textile-Artist-Jean-M-Judd-on-Having-an-Artist-Career.htm 

Jean M. Judd, N.S.A.
Textile Artist and Author
2807 State Road 87
Cushing, WI 54006-3209
Phone: 715.566.0212
Email: jean@jeanjudd.com
Web Site:http://www.jeanjudd.com

Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ): http://www.xanadugallery.com
Busacca Gallery (San Francisco, CA): http://www.busaccagallery.com
Art Rent & Lease (Oregon & Minnesota): http://www.artrentandlease.com/html/home.asp
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanmjudd
Online Galleries:

Textile Art...Discover the Possibilities!TM

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Transparent, Translucent, Transformed Reception This Saturday 12pm - 3pm

I just wanted to remind and invite you all to the reception for the SDA-IL sponsored exhibition "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed" at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center at 255 N Northwest Hwy. Park Ridge, IL on Saturday August 9, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm. There website is here. Below you can find the flyer for our show. As usual, please feel free to contact me of you have any questions.
~ Frances

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 2014 Meeting for SDA-IL

The Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be Sunday July 20, 2014 at the Urban Thread Studio at 11am.

Hi all! I just wanted to invite everybody to our next meeting which will be held in Chicago at the Urban Thread Studio which is on the fifth floor of the Bridgeport Art Center on Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 11:00am.
Urban Thread Studio “...is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to teach creative problem solving through textile arts in a nurturing and community-building environment”. The Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 West 35th Street in Chicago and the studio can be a bit tricky to get to. There is ample parking on the north side of the building by 34th Street and Racine. The studio itself is located on the 5th floor of the Fashion Design Center. Entrance to the Fashion Design Center is on Racine Ave, the east side of the building, just next to the furniture store, Coyle & Herr.  Once you see the intercom box by the entrance door, press key Star (*) 5405 and you will be buzzed in. Take the elevator to Floor 5 and as you exit make a left until the end and then a right until you get to studio 5405.
Please come out and explore Urban Thread Studio as well as enjoy good conversation, the latest SDA news, show & tell, and of course snacks. Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show & tell and a snack to share as the meetings are potluck. As usual this should be a lot of fun. Please let me know that you are coming via email or in the comments section of the blog (or on our face book page).

Urban Thread Studio
Bridgeport Art Center - Studio 5405
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(312) 204-7313

Thank you,

Friday, July 4, 2014

More news on From the Inside Out

Elizabeth Adams-Marks and I are pleased as punch to announce we've won an SDA Small Events Grant of $500 to help fund our international exhibition From the Inside Out.

All of the artists involved are members of SDA and we are grateful for the support of the organization.    

Monday, June 16, 2014

From the Inside Out News

Two workshops are associated with our international exhibition 
Both have openings but are filling fast. 

Rio in her studio
Dyeing and Printing with Rust and Tannins with Rio Wrenn
August 23 and 24, 2014
At the Textile Lab, Art and Design East, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Fee:  $200

There are 5 openings as of today:  

Rio hails from Portland, Oregon. She's been involved with rusting for the past 14 years.  Her methods are unique and give fast results. She will join Elizabeth Adams-Marks and me at SIUE for an artist talk at the reception of From the Inside Out on Friday, Aug 22.  


Fabienne at Quimper, France workshop
Photo by Gladys Paulus
Eco Prints and Memory Cloth with Fabienne Rey
September 19, 20, and 21, 2014
At a private garden in Madison County, Illinois (about 10 miles from SIUE gallery)
Fee:  $550

This workshop was full, but we've had 3 cancellations recently so are advertising again. You can register for this workshop through Pat Vivod.  

Fabienne is from The Netherlands, is a self taught artist who learned eco printing from India Flint. She has developed her work over several years and has taught several workshops. This will be her first time to teach in the US.  Fabienne will give an artist talk at the SIUE gallery on Thursday, September 18, the day before her workshop begins. We would urge anyone coming for the workshop to include the chance to see the exhibition and hear Fabienne at the gallery.  


If you are interested in either workshop please write Pat Vivod for complete workshop packets and materials lists at 

It might be wise to register at SIUE first for Rio's class, then contact Pat for a packet. 

Regardless of whether you can join us for one of the workshops you are all cordially invited to see the exhibition.  Visit our blog for the latest news and read profiles on all the artists.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Call SIUE for regular gallery hours:  (618) 650-3073.

Friday, June 13, 2014

FYI: Call for Entries Senior Artists Network Fiber Arts Exhibit


Call for Entries
Senior Artists Network
Fiber Arts Exhibit

When: July 19 through August 30
Where: Curt’s Café
2922 Central Street
Evanston, IL

What: Fiber art works, defined broadly as art using fiber or textile materials (such as cloth, yarn, paper, thread) or using any materials with fiber techniques (such as weaving, sewing, felting, quilting). Art works are not limited to materials and techniques listed, but should be 2 dimensional, although any piece capable of being hung on a wall is acceptable.

Who: Open to artists aged 50 and over. There is no charge for exhibiting, but those who are not Senior Artists Network members are required to join. You can join on our website HERE.

Curated by Beverly Alice Nash and Meredith Dytch
If you are interested, please contact Beverly: beverly alice nash at gmail dot com (please remove spaces and insert symbols for at and dot).

Include your name, telephone number, email, medium, and average size of your pieces. Once we know how many are interested in exhibiting, we will let you know how many pieces we can accommodate in the space. Then we will follow up with more information regarding installation and opening reception. You must include hanging hardware with your piece.

Please respond by July 6

Senior Artists Network (SAN) is a non-for-profit organization addressing the interests of artists aged 50 and older. SAN provides information, workshops, and sponsors opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work.
Senior Artist Network has a facebook page here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Correction: The next SDA meeting is SUNDAY June 15th 2014

Hi all,
The next meeting for the SDA-IL is SUNDAY June 15th 2014 at 11 am at the home and studio of Akemi Cohn. Thank you Jeannette Thompson for the catch! :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Next Meeting for SDA-IL Will Be June 15 2014

Hi all! I just wanted to invite everybody to our next meeting which will be held in Chicago at the home and studio of Akemi Cohn on Saturday Sunday June 15th, 2014 at 11:00am. Akemi is a Chicago fiber artist who works with many fibers and techniques including shibori, dyeing, katazome, embroidery, felting, and other surface design and fabric construction techniques. Akemi also teaches at many different Art Centers in the Chicagoland area and teaches workshops all over the United States (and has taught workshops in other countries as well). Once again please come out and enjoy good conversation, the latest SDA news, show & tell, and of course snacks. We will also be talking about the most recent show opportunities for Illinois SDA members including the SDA-IL sponsored show in Park Ridge IL, “Transparent, Translucent, Transformed” and the “The Exquisite Uterus” Exhibition which will be explained in further detail by Jeanette Thompson an Illinois SDA board member (and our past rep). Make sure you bring some of your artwork (finished or unfinished) for show & tell and a snack to share as the meetings are potluck. As usual this should be a lot of fun. If you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me. you should be getting a global email with all the details soon. :)
Thank you,

6/9/14 Note: I made an error above, the meeting is not Saturday but Sunday June 15th 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Call for Artists: "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed"... Surface Design Association-Illinois Exhibit 2014

Hi all!

We have managed to get a gallery space and exhibit together for August of 2014. All Midwest SDA member may submit. The theme and title of the exhibit is "Transparent, Translucent, Transformed". The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate things that are transparent, translucent, and/or transformed in this world, OR, things that should be (i.e. government, politics, fund raising, banking, corporate power, policy decisions, healthcare, etc.). You can go for the literal meaning of the words transparent, translucent, transformed... or, you can go with a more conceptual or abstract meaning of the words. We invite both the literal and wide view of this theme. The exhibit run will be from August 3rd, 2014 to August 31st. 2014 and will be held at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge Illinois. Photo submissions must be in by July 1st, 2014 and artists will be informed of their acceptance no later than July 8th, 2014. All accepted entries will have to arrive at the designated location by July 31st, 2014. You can see the full prospectus and instructions here or by following the link on the right hand column of this blog (over and up). ------->^^^

...Note 5/29/14... I have added Missouri and Kansas to the Midwest States allowed to submit to this exhibition. They are now on the prospectus and all links have been corrected. My apologies for leaving them out. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me. :)
Thank you,

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: http://johnmarshall.to/blog/)
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. 

Feel free to share this post!

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...