Innovations in Textiles

I had the blessing of being able to take a day off from my work and go to St. Louis this week to see some of the exhibits of Innovations in Textiles.  This is a biannual event that takes place in the area.  Every two years for a two month period of time, galleries and exhibits major in textiles and fibers; there are also lectures and workshops offered by major textile and fiber artists.  Quilt National travels from Athens, Ohio to the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, MO.   If I lived closer, I’d be majorly involved!

But I wouldn’t miss Quilt National at the Foundry.  And this year, I had two pieces in an exhibit at Maryville University.  The exhibit is called Speaking of Fibers and was put on by the Missouri Fiber Artists (

I took photos at Art St. Louis of some of the interesting fiber works in Fiber Focus.  Here’s one by Suzy Farren, a MoFA member.  I love what she did with paper and various fibers.  I have her permission to share it here.

I Could Fear That Too

To get to Art St. Louis, we had to pass a building under construction…looks like it will be the National Blues Museum when it is finished.

Interesting and very tall building in Art Deco style at 6th and Washington…

Two fiber buddies who spent the day, Julia Sermersheim and Susan Spineto…Susan Marth met up with us in St. Charles, but I didn’t get any photos of her….This quilt didn’t have a center in it, so I had them get in the “frame”…

Julia Sermersheim and Susan Spineto

No photos of Quilt National, of course.  We ate at Picasso’s Coffeehouse in St. Charles…wonderful place with great coffee…I didn’t take photos of that either.

Third Degree Glass Factory on Delmar had marvelously creative sinks and fixtures….

Bathroom sinks and faucets in the Third Degree Glass Factory bathroom

We thought these were the bomb! (unless I can’t say bomb anymore)

I also found an interesting wall to photograph…

It sort of goes with this…which was hanging in the MoFA exhibit…

Weathered Places

Best of show winner, Janet (don’t know last name) with juror Victoria Crowder Payne and Barb Zapulla, who, I think did most of the work of pulling off this exhibit…Pat Owoc’s work is in the background…

More from the reception…I only know a few of these people!

Here’s my other piece in the show…

Fragments of a Life 5b

Here’s another piece from the show by Rosemary Claus-Gray.

Beach Reflections

Well, I’m going to wrap this up…it was a fabulous day…now back to working on my exhibit which is less than 3 weeks away!


  1. Nice write up, Katherine. It looks like you had a busy and great day. I’m glad to see several photos, too. BTW, my piece is called “Beach Reflections”. I feel honored that you chose to take the photo, and post it.

  2. Thanks, Rosemary. Well, I actually thought you might want a photo of it since you couldn’t be there. Did you get to see the exhibit on the 1st? Wasn’t that when you were up there?

    • Hi Kathy. Yes, I did see the exhibit briefly on Oct 1, with the bus tour. While I wasn’t on the tour, officially, I did tag along for 3 stops, heading for Art St. Louis and Fiber Focus before going home. I was only at the MoFA exhibit for about 20 minutes, not long enough to really see the exhibit. I hope to go again before it comes down. I do like to see the work in the gallery environment. It seemed the work was well displayed at the May Gallery at Maryville Univ. I’m glad to see your work there, too. BTW, I did recognize many of the people at the opening. Many are MoFA members. If you go to the retreat in the spring, you’ll get to meet them. They are a good group!

  3. I knew you would recognize many at the reception. And I am making plans to attend the retreat in May. Suzy Farren has asked me to teach. Not sure exactly what yet.

  4. I’m glad you posted photos of the glass sinks you were telling me about. They’re nothing like I pictured in my mind, but how could the be? I’m proud of your accomplishments, Kathy! Thanks for inviting me to go along. It was a fun day with some nice art groupies, and lunch was the bomb for me!

  5. In the retreats I’ve attended, I think 3 so far, there are a lot of brief classes going on, teaching one or two techniques for a few hours. The classes may be going on all at the same time, or for the main teacher, only one class during that time slot. Who ever organizes it is the one to talk to about what they might need, and to describe the plan for the retreat.

  6. So glad you got to go and thanks for sharing so I could pretend to be there too:) Those sinks are very cool. I don’t think I saw your second piece that was there–fun!
    This is a great accomplishment and these memories will warm you for quite some time! Can’t wait to virtually see the next exhibit!!!

  7. Thanks for the review, Kathy. Your quilts and Rosemary’s are just fabulous. And that wall and your one quilt, wow!

  8. Thanks, Connie. I too thought the resemblance between the wall and Kathy’s quilt was striking.

  9. Thanks, Connie and Rosemary. That wall did weird things in the camera when I took the photos…it had weird curvy stripes. The amazing thing is that when I moved them all to the computer, the weird curvy stripes disappeared! I am SO glad.

  10. Sounds like a great show. And love your piece. That shot of bricks was wonderful. I can see your mind working on that!!

  11. Thanks Lynda. I also took some other photos of a building restoration that has some pretty cool textures in it…can’t wait to play with them….

  12. Sharon Eley says

    Thanks for sharing your trip to St. Louis! I saw a couple of friends in your photos who are members of MOFA. Enjoyed seeing your piece.


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