“No Strings Attached” at Sky Gallery

Last Monday we hung a fiber arts show at Sky Gallery at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, a beautiful venue to highlight the work of seven fiber artists working in southwest Missouri:

Marty Corcoran – weaving
Stephanie Hornickel – quilts and mixed media
Rachel Denbow – weaving
Paula Rosen – needle felting and weaving
Dani Ives – needle felting on embroidery hoops
Janice Casey – nuno felting
Pam RuBert – art quilts

The exhibition “No Strings Attached” will be on exhibit until February 22, 2016, so if you’re flying over the holidays, allow a little extra time in your travel plans to see the artwork space through the public areas of the airport (before you get to security). Even if you’re not flying, the airport is open 24-7 and you can park in short-term parking for up to 30 minutes for free.

Thanks to Kara Reminigton, graphic designer for the Springfield-Branson National Airport and Sky Gallery director, and Stephanie Cramer, education and exhibitions director for the Springfield Regional Arts Council for putting together this exhibition! Also to Meganne Rosen O’Neal and Larry Askren for all the help installating the show:)

pamrubertkiosk2 pamrubertkiosk3 pamrubert5 pamrubert6


“Threads of Thought” at 21st European Patchwork Meeting


Rhintex-biglogoThis coming September, I’ve been invited to have a exhibition of my work titled “Threads of Thought” at the 21st Carrefour Européen du Patchwork / European Patchwork Meeting, a quilt festival that spans 4 villages of the Val d’Argent and draws 22,000 visitors from France and around the world. The festival will display 1200 to 1500 textile artworks, both traditional and contemporary.

Rhinetex, one of the largest wholesale supplier of patchwork and quilting suppliers in Europe, has generously offered to sponsor my exhibition!

I Dream in Color

What a fun show! We did this last December at the Creamery Arts Center, and it was so successful that this year it became PoP ArT ReMiX2. As you can see, it’s a colorful exhibition that is sure to shake off the rainy day winter blues. The show will be up the whole month of December 2014 at the Creamery Art Center, 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, Missouri.


Next to that is Darlene Prater’s colorful pug dog painting is my contribution is called “I Dream in Color.” She’s covered in knitted and crocheted yarns. The hair is crocheted curls of eyelash and bulky yarns.


The table was an ugly old thing that I painted with gesso for a chalky look and then wrapped the legs with yarn. I’m kind of excited about this process and now am imagining all sorts of things I could paint and transform next.



Happy Email and Pumpkin Cars

Although I wasn’t able to attend, the International Quilt Festival is happening this week in Houston. I did send a quilt – Prince Charming’s Shoe Sale. Patricia Kenndy-Zafred kindly send me a photo from Houston.


The white ribbon is for Third Place in the Whimsical Quilts category. Patty’s quilt is across from mine in the Digital category.  She did better than me — she won a First Place in Digital Imagery with a silk-screened quilt! You can see her quilt “Shared Destiny”  her homepage and on the 2014 IQA  awards page at Quilts.org.

The award-winning quilts from IQA/Houston (which ends tomorrow) will be traveling to IQA /Chicago in March, IQA /Minneapolis next May, and to Quilt! Knit! Stitch! by IQA /Portland next August.

Looking at Patty’s website, I just realized we will also be in a couple of upcoming shows together – Quilt National 2015 in Athens, Ohio and Expressions in Equality at Visions Museum in San Diego in 2015. So it’s kind of cool that although, I can’t go all these places, my quilts can. And I can develop these long distance friendships!

Yesterday on Halloween I was looking at lots of creative pumpkin carvings. It reminded me that last spring when I made this quilt, I was thinking a lot about pumpkins. Although Cinderella may have ridden to the ball in a pumpkin carriage driven by mice, I thought a modern Cinderella could drive herself to a shoe sale. So I made a pumpkin patchwork SUV, VW bug, van and sedan for her and her step-sisters:)


Curious Curium – An Alternative Quilt & Journal

photoLast year I made a quilt using alternative materials for an exhibition called Radical Elements. Each artist in the show selected an element from the periodic table and was asked to create a quilt to the same size dimensions and without relying on traditional fabric and thread.

We were also asked to make a journal incorporating work samples. Since I used my real work samples, the book is sort of messy and irregular. It is spiral bound with a nice orange fiberoptic cable.

Curious Curium – A Radical Elements Journal


Curium is named for Marie Curie who pioneered research on radioactivity, was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the only person to win in multiple sciences.  I was fascinated that she like to ride bicycles. She and her husband Pierre went on a honeymoon bicycle trip after their wedding.

I had just bought a new bike and asked the bike shop to give me old used bicycle inner tubes to use in the quilt. Looking at photographs of Marie, I wondered how a forward-thinking person can look so old-fashioned to me?


I collected vinyl remnants that had a retro print look because I am drawn to those patterns and designs in my stitching and drawing style. As I began experimenting with cutting shapes and sewing, I realized the vinyl would be hard to work with, so I simplified my design and concept.


I started sketching, and from the beginning, I knew I would give her stars for eyes. Since at the time, I was also doing a lot of crocheting and yarnbombing, I decided to make the stars from yarn.

Blending images and concepts from 1895, 1950, and 2013 seemed impossible until I finally realized, regardless of our time or age, whether a scientist or artist, it is the commonality of curiosity that drives us forward.


Curium is a radioactive element used in space exploration and space probes. Last year we had visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and I had seen how varied and beautiful were the designs of space probes and satellites. It seemed a perfect fit for those starry eyes.

I collected odd metal parts to make my own space probes — door hardware, old sewing machine parts, brads, rivets, wire. My friends teach art in school, so I raided their stash of recycled junk and computer parts. In one box I found a folder of old classroom math acetates, so I cut and sewed them into the quilt.

Today space exploration seems futuristic, and yet at the same time, there is old space junk floating out there from years ago.


Sewing all these objects onto the quilt was a challenge and an addiction. Once I started, I did not want to stop creating fantasy space probes.

By some odd coincidence, although the bicycle image was lost long ago in the making of this quilt, I found the best way to hand sew onto the vinyl was wearing leather bike gloves. I’m not very good at using a thimble, but wearing the gloves, I could push and pull the needle through very thick material.


The end.

Here’s the quilt. At first I was going to finish it like my drawing. Then I realized that if I stopped right where it’s at now — instead of one face, there are three faces. This was purely an accident. Can you see them?


The exhibition is now booked for the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. for April-September, 2015.

The concept and initial curation is by Jill Rumoshosky Werner, managing curator is Gigi Kandler with loads of help from SAQA traveling exhibitions coordinator Bill Reker, and the catalog designed by Deidre Adams. Other booking include the initial opening that was at Montgomery College earlier this year and in 2016, at the Funk Center for Textile Arts.

Detail photos:


p.s. The blue spot inside the test tube is part of a yoga ball!



Uncommon Threads exhibition at Evangel University


Uncommon Threads group exhibition
Evangel University  – Barnett Fine Arts Gallery
1111 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65802
Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am to noon
Free and open to the public
March 15-28, 2014

Doppleganger by Emmie Seaman

Uncommon Threads is a network of art quilters of 15 fiber artists from the surrounding Springfield area working in the contemporary art quilt medium. Each fiber artist maintains an individual style of work and subject matter.


About Uncommon Threads

The individual artists’ works are informed by a variety of inspirations, ranging from the natural world of trees, gardens, animals, mountains and oceans to the abstract world of adventures, dreams and experiences.

Birch Moon by Lettie Blackburn
Birch Moon by Lettie Blackburn

Each style can include realism, abstract and portraiture and can be serious or comedic. The medium lends itself to a wide variety of techniques or treatments, including but not limited to dyeing, painting, cutting or tearing, fusing or seaming. The art pieces are often embellished by hand or machine sewing or embroidery.

Tempest by Merrille Tieche

Individual members have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, receiving varied awards. These artists have established sales histories with work in public, private and corporate collections. Some members have taught art and design at the university level; some teach workshops nationally and internationally, both in physical venues and online.

For additional information, visit the group’s site: www.uncommthreads.com, or contact Michael Buesking at Evangel University, (417) 865- 2811, ext. 7281.

Roxie Castro exhibition at Arts & Letters

Math to Go — Anywhere, March 7-28, 2014
at Arts & Letters, 214 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO, (417) 830-8186
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Math to Go — Anywhere is a clever idea by Roxie Castro to create paintings on vinyl fabric inspired by her sister, the “Mad Mather.” This body of work on exhibt at Arts & Letters, Springfield’s newest downtown gallery and eclectic boutique, has been developed over a number of years.

Upcycling cast-off wallcoverings and outdoor fabric, Roxie prepares the surface with gesso, then layers imagery of mathematical formulas, tools, rulers and theories using acrylic paint and colored pencils. The  paintings can be rolled up, displayed by hanging, used as table coverings, floor cloths, or as a portable work surface outdoors.

Well-known in Springfield as a print-maker, Roxie also has on display a few mathematically inspired mono-prints, and she has taken the time to print posters that can be cut and folded to make geometrical shapes such as the octahedron that is part of a blue and yellow installation in the gallery.

Statement from the artist:

Math to Go—Anywhere is a study inspired by my sister, the Mad Mather, who skillfully, cheerfully and patiently describes mathematic concepts. This body of work has been developed over many years. The Mad Mather’s fun attitude toward her passion is contagious! For me to understand, I must visualize the concept and am thus driven to paint.

My paintings take form at a tall, wide table where I stand and paint on large vinyl mats. I choose vinyl to incorporate upcycled cast-off wallcoverings and outdoor fabric. The vinyl is prepared with layers of gesso, as one would prepare a canvas. The structure of the painting begins with traditional mathematic tools, rulers and protractors, paired with colored pencils. Happy, bright colored pencil lines show through the final varnish and add sparkle to large planes of color. Sometimes, painting in the lines feels necessary, but often the color leads my brush or dauber away from sharp angles in favor of fuzzy edges. Handmade stencils and tape add to the contours and edges.

These mats can be rolled up and placed anywhere—table, floor, wall, desk, grassy knoll. They become backdrops for viewers to explore numbers and concepts in a fun way. A friend of mine used to say, “if you have a difficult text to read, put the book under your pillow as you sleep.” The implied result: learning by osmosis. Maybe it works for math concepts by imbedding them in artistic mats to be absorbed while sitting on or walking on or gazing into them. The general idea is that the exploration is internal and meditative.

Thank you for reading and I hope you find some enjoyment here!
Roxie Castro

Metamorphosis Show at the Creamery

Giant Girl in the City by Pam RuBertSuddenly I thought of what I could enter in this show. I made this small 12″ x 20″ quilt last summer for a Squidfoo show. It’s stretched on a gallery wrapped canvas and called “Giant Girl in the City.”

Our SRAC Visual Arts committee thought up the theme for the show because the Creamery will be undergoing sort of a metamorphosis later this year when the front entrance is remodeled for better visibility and parking. It interesting because each of us had a different idea of what metamorphosis is – some said change, some said nature, some growth, Jonathan said David Bowie, I thought Kafka. That’s when we knew it would be a good theme, because there are so many creative possible interpretations.

It’s funny because while I was making it, I was trying to decide if she should have plain glove hands or eyeball-tipped gloves, so I made one of each for her and posted a photo on Instagram. Almost everyone said they liked the combination, which I never would have thought of one my own. So metamorphosis – done!

My friend Stephanie who is organizing the show loves the eyeballs. She says they are great because we all see the world now using our fingers on computer keyboards, smart phones and iPads. I didn’t think of that either, I was just thinking she’s so tall, she needs eyeball gloves to see into people’s windows, so I think that Stephanie’s insight (ha!) is amazing.

2nd International TECHstyle Art Biennial at San Jose’s ZERO1 Festival

Tomorrow I’ll be shipping my quilt “Tango with a Technopus” to the the San Jose Quilt Museum’s 2nd International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB) as part of San Jose’s larger ZERO1 festival in Silicon Valley.

Continue reading 2nd International TECHstyle Art Biennial at San Jose’s ZERO1 Festival