Friday, October 2, 2015

Gallery Talk is Sunday Oct 4

Panoramic view of Material Revival
Here's your chance to see the 40 fabulous fiber art pieces in Material Revival and hear from the artists who made them. Join Pat Vivod, curator, along with Erin Vigneau Dimick, Sarah Gillespie and Laura Strand talk about their work and the experience of collaborating on Sunday October 4 at Edwardsville Arts Center.  (Jo Stealey and Erin Cork Woolfolk live out of state and cannot attend).  Gallery opens at 3 pm for this special occasion. Scroll down for address.

Material Revival closes October 17.
Regular gallery hours are
Wed - Fri, 10-4
Sat, 11-3

Sunday's special event is part of Fiber East self guided tour of fiber arts in Alton and Edwardsville.  The day starts in Alton.  Check out the link to our google map:

Here's the schedule:
10:30 am
Sun Smith-Foret Studio
Private Art/ Public Practice: A conversation with Sun Smith-Foret and Edna Patterson Petty 

200 N. Center Drive
Alton, IL 62002

12:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own – OR lunch with fiber friends at My Just Desserts.
31 E Broadway,
Alton, IL 62002
Near the intersection of E Broadway and Alby St
(618) 462-5881

1:30 pm
Lillian By Design: Studio Presentation
136 Front Street, Alton, IL 62002

Edwardsville Art Center –Artist talk and reception for Material Revival Exhibition
6155 Center Grove Road,
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reception this Friday Sept 18, 6 to 8 pm

Here's a sneak peek of the gallery at Edwardsville Arts Center for the Material Revival Show.

We have over 40 fabulous fiber works up and we want YOU to see them.  Please stop by Friday evening for the grand opening 6 to 8 pm.  Delight in the collaboration work of Erin Cork Woolfolk, Sarah Gillespie, Jo Stealey, Laura Strand, Erin Vigneau Dimick and Pat Vivod.

Jo Stealey Landscape 2015
16 panels 20" x 20" each
processed pecan leaves, silk organza, gold leaf
You have to see this work in person!  We are ecstatic to include a section of Jo Stealey's new landscape work.  It is 14 feet long!  This is the first time it is being exhibited in the United States.   Jo will be at the reception!

Laura Strand  Crescent Web 2015
45 wide  x 35 high 
(fabric from Pat Vivod)
screen print and gold leaf on rust dyed fabric
Brand new work by Laura who is fascinated by spider webs.  Pat didn't at first recognize her own fabric in this piece.  It has become part of the lake.

We moved some walls to accommodate more work.
This shot includes work of Jo Stealey, Sarah Gillespie and Pat Vivod

Work by Pat Vivod, Erin Cork Woolfolk and Laura Strand can be seen in this shot

The work in this show involves special collaborations.  The artists traded items from their personal studios with each other and found some unique ways to incorporate and revive those materials in their own work.

If you can't make the opening, consider attending our gallery talk planned for Sunday October 4, 3 to 5 pm.  It's part of Fiber East self guided tour.  For information on other venues that day visit the Innovations in Textiles page at

EAC's regular gallery hours
Wednesday to Friday, 10 to 4
Saturday, 11-3

Gallery phone - 618-655-0337

Sarah Gillespie Cyclic Constituents 2015

Cotton blotting papers with prints of soy wax courtesy of Erin Cork-Woolfolk 
Handmade cattail paper and acrylic
H: 28.25” x W: 27. 75” 

Erin Vigneau Dimick 2015 work for Material Revival

Exquisite framing set off Erin Vigneau Dimick's work with delicate silk (from Pat Vivod and Jo Stealey), embroidery, and collage that seem to float midair.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Art Work Big and Small

By Saturday this week, some of the art for the show will arrive.  The rest arrives next week and then it's installation fun!  Whew.  Lots more work to do.  Stay tuned.  And be sure your calendar is marked for our big reception on September 18!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Our Showcard

September 11 to October 16, 2015
Opening Reception:  Friday, September 18, 6-8 pm

Artist talk on Sunday, October 4 between 3 and 5 pm.
The talk is part of Fiber East Self Guided Tour 
which will also visit galleries in Alton, IL.  

Erin Cork Woolfolk
Sarah Gillespie
Jo Stealey
Laura Strand
Erin Vigneau Dimick
Pat Vivod - curator

Material Revival renews and celebrates a collaboration, begun 4 years ago for Innovations 9, between friends and colleagues who share a student/teacher/mentor relationship and who strive for a collective conversation that will take them out of their comfort zones to expand how they work conceptually, materially and how they think about their work. Erin Cork Woolfolk, Jo Stealey, Laura Strand, Erin Vigneau Dimick, and curator Pat Vivod are joined this year by new member Sarah Gillespie in the challenge to create inspired new bodies of work by integrating the shared materials from each other’s studios into their own work.

Material Revival is part of Innovations in Textiles 10.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Welcome from Pat Vivod / Innovations 10 Press Release

Exciting times are ahead for fiber artists and fiber art lovers. Innovations in Textiles 10 is happening this year after a four year interval with exhibits that will open in over 15 venues in the St. Louis region and Edwardsville and Alton, Illinois.

In 2011, I curated and participated in Collaboration: Reaping and Sewing at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois.  The show was part of Innovations 9. I invited five artists to join me in a collaboration, all of whom share a teacher / student / mentor relationship. It was a challenge that involved trading items from our own studios with each other and integrating those things into new work.  The end result I think exceeded all of our expectations and proved to be a tremendous learning experience. At the closing of the show we all pledged to continue the collaboration.  

Erin Vigneau Dimick, Mutatis
Fast forward to the present - lots has happened in the intervening years, one artist dropped out, but last fall I contacted the others to reorganize and invited a new artist. The collaboration will continue under the new title Material Revival. Erin Cork Woolfolk, Sarah Gillespie (new partner), Jo Stealey, Laura Strand, and Erin Vigneau Dimick will join me in creating a whole new body of work involving collaboration with materials from each others studios. Each of the artists has a tab at the top of the page where you can learn more about them.  

We are excited to announce that Edwardsville Arts Center will be the home of the exhibition. 
Dates to save: 
Exhibtion runs from September 11 to October 16, 2015 
Reception on Friday, September 18, 2015, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk on Sunday, October 4, 2015 - EAC will open from 3 to 5 pm as part of the Fiber East self guided tour that also includes exhibits in Alton, IL earlier in the day.  

Each of the Material Revival artists has a tab at the top of the page where you can learn more about them.  There is also a tab for Edwardsville Arts Center where you can learn about this beautiful gallery.

Stay tuned for updates on Material Revival and Innovations in Textiles 10 at this blog.

Continue scrolling for information on the many other exhibits for:



Over 20 venues – from St. Charles, MO to Edwardsville, IL – will present national, regional, and local exhibitions devoted to contemporary fiber art from August through November 2015

WHO: Innovations in Textiles 10 
WHAT: A regional event showcasing what’s new in fiber art 
WHEN: August through November 2015
October 2 - Self-guided gallery hop with openings on Friday: FREE
October 3 - Keynote Speaker: Jenelle Porter (Curator at Boston Institute of Contemporary Art): FREE
October 3 - Guided bus tour to select galleries for artist/curator talks; all day with lunch: Cost $45
October 4 - Self-guided tour to outlying galleries in Alton and Edwardsville: FREE

WHERE: Throughout the St. Louis region, from St. Charles, MO to Edwardsville, IL 
COST: Gallery venues FREE/ Workshops and events vary in cost

ST. LOUIS (MAY 2015) When a simple strand is knotted, stitched, or woven into art, you know that the artist's hand has transformed the simple into the sublime. The versatility of textiles is unrivaled in function and craft from clothing to containers and home furnishings, from industrial and scientific processes to education and artistic beauty.

Innovation in Textiles 10, a regional collaborative event, investigates contemporary fiber art. This fall, over 15 local galleries, nonprofit, and private sector arts organizations will showcase textile arts with exhibitions, guest lecturers, workshops, and programs.

Participating organizations include:
· Art Saint Louis
· Contemporary Art Museum
· Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (Delmar Loop)
· Duane Reed Gallery
· Edwardsville Art Center

· Fontbonne University
· Framations

.Meremac Contemporary Art Gallery
· Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
.Lillian By Design
· projects+gallery
· The Foundry Art Centre
· The Jill A. McGuire Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission

· The Gallery at University City Library
· Missouri Fiber Artists, Maryville University

. St. Charles Community College
· St. Charles Arts Council, Lillian Yahn Gallery
· Saint Louis Art Museum
· St. Louis Artists’ Guild
· Sun Smith-Foret Studio
· The Sheldon Art Galleries
· Third Degree Glass Factory 

· Weavers’ Guild
· Yeyo Arts Collective, Gya Gallery

Innovations in Textiles 10 Keynote Speaker: Jenelle Porter is senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Prior to joining ICA Boston in January 2011, she was curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2005-2010), and from 1998-2001 she was curator at Artists Space in New York. Porter recently curated Fiber: Sculpture 1960present the first exhibition in 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
For a full schedule of events and more information about Innovations in Textiles 10, please visit

About Innovations in Textiles:
Innovations in Textiles began in 1995 as a biennial collaborative program spearheaded and coordinated by Craft Alliance, growing from 10 participating nonprofit and private galleries in 1995 to 15 galleries in 2015. It highlights innovations in contemporary textile art with exhibitions and related events. 

For more information, please contact:
Stefanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibitions Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design 314.725.1177 x 323 or

Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director The Sheldon Art Galleries 314-533-9900 x31 or

Melissa Whitwam, Exhibitions Manager The Foundry Art Centre 636.255.0270, Ext. 112 or 

Stay tuned for updates on the exhibits.  A brochure of information about all the shows is being created and I will post when it is available.