Mandy Pedigo
2015 Recipient of the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis Award for
given in memory of Helen Wenzel  

Tapestry mounted on grey canvas 
Hand dyed cotton 
14" x 16", April 2014

Mandy Pedigo received “The Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis Award for Excellence in Woven Tapestry, given in memory of Helen Wenzel” for her tapestry, Enough, exhibited in Fiber Focus 2015 at Art Saint Louis, August 8 – October 8, 2015. The award was conferred by juror, Marci Rae McDade, artist, instructor, curator, and editor of Surface Design Journal. The Fiber Focus 2015 exhibit, comprising 50 works by 43 artists from eight Midwestern states, is held in collaboration with Innovations in Textiles 10, an exploration of contemporary textiles at galleries throughout the Greater Saint Louis region.

Enough started out as a quite different tapestry, a simple color block work using some cotton yarns that Mandy had hand-dyed sometime ago.  However, after one particularly challenging day, she redesigned the work, integrating the word into the partially-woven textile. She says that she is “very interested in text in textiles and finds it enormously challenging to integrate.  What results captures a moment and a feeling that many can relate to.” Thoughtful viewers led to wonder “Enough of what?” might come up with quite different, yet personally relevant, answers.

Mandy thanks Helen Wenzel's family, friends, and the Guild for providing this award.  She says that “tapestry is a special art form and it is lovely to be recognized in Helen Wenzel's honor.” 

Mandy is an artist living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her interests in fiber and textiles include weaving, quilting, surface design, and yarn design. In addition, she is an experienced dyer who maintains a potent indigo vat for dyeing shibori fabric and ikat warps. Examples of Mandy’s work can be viewed at  Mandy holds a MFA in Texiles from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as well as degrees in psychology and education. She is past-Secretary of the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis.