No, my “studio,” isn’t featured in the new Cloth Paper Scissors Studios edition, but since the blogs are abuzz with creative spaces, I thought I’d share mine.
Until my daughter was born, the dining room table was my studio. With her arrival came permission to move to a three bedroom apartment, and now a three bedroom row house. Of course, I didn’t see a room for my daughter (she can share with her brother until they hit puberty) — I saw a “studio” (and guest bedroom) that I could shut the door on when it got to messy or I didn’t want to clear before dinner!
Here’s where I spend most of my time:
Above the sewing and cutting tables are my pin board and mushroom collection. There’s a smattering of my kids’ artwork and a new silk screen by Ana Ventura. Lots of inspiration in the bookcase as well.
There is one concession to our guests — a bed. It is, however, on loan from the Army and not so comfortable, so I’m contemplating using our sofa bed in our next place (assuming our next place has a room for me) and buying a new couch for the living area. I’ve just about finished sewing binding on all the quilts laying on the bed too. (Yea me!) The forest fabric on the wall is one I bought from Dijanne Cevaal. I’m hoping to do it justice with some mushrooms and fantasy foresty embroidery.
This room is about 187 square feet with one rather large window. I think that’s a pretty average bedroom size, by European and American standards. It has no built in closets, but an eight foot wide row of wardrobes almost two feet deep. The one on the right is filled with my fabric stash, and the one on the left is assorted art supplies. Up top is batting, stabilizers, and assorted “other” fabrics. I suspect the movers will hate me when they get to this room. Above the bed are a small quilt by Linda Colsh (fans of Quilting Arts’ calenders may recognize this from November 2004), and a small “Bundle” by Sonji Hunt.
Back where we started, across from the door (so I can stand waaaaay back in the hallway) is my design wall — also known as a piece of cotton batting stuck to the wall with pushpins. I’ve had a great week artwork-wise and not only have I bound four of the quilts on the bed, but I’ve finally made some progress on these houses which have been hanging on teh design wall for at least six months, taunting me. I’m not sure why I was making it harder than it had to be, but I was. The flour paste resist piece finally convinced me to just get to it. Oh, and the bookcase is pulled away from the wall so I can keep all my fancy papers behind it. I just can’t seem to let go of the paper lover in me that collected and used all those treasures when I worked as a graphic designer.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. 🙂