29 Oct

Peek Into My Studio

My studio room has been looking pretty crazy lately. I try to keep things under control since the room doubles as a guest room, but since there are no guests on the horizon, and I’ve got a lot going on, I spread out! I took these photos after I’d cleaned up and cleared out a bit and I must say, it doesn’t look quite as full as I was feeling last week.

Wanna see?

Studio pan 1

 

Walk in and look to the left. There’s an ever-growing stack of framed or mounted artwork ready to go. This is after I took four framed drawings to a new gallery in town, so the pile doesn’t even stick out as far as before. There’s also only one mannequin loitering by the ironing board. Normally there’s three, but two are now at Walter Reed Medical Center for another few weeks. On the ironing board is a finished sample for a new project. There’s some excess fabric from a few quilts and costumes under the treadle machine as well as uniforms. Cut up uniforms are taking over the floor! They are also joined by a pile of painted quilt bits that hope to become another Flag piece in my Americana series. Oh, and there’s a box with my sister’s Christmas present, and a staging area for things I want to take to Houston. The table itself is so full of fabric, paperwork, and general supplies that I hardly have room to cut. Kitty is helping though.

 

Studio pan 2

 

Looking to the right, there’s another sample quilt on the machine, and a bag of scraps underneath waiting for me to do something with it (I have a plan, but haven’t gotten to it yet).  Next to the bag of specific scraps is a pile of random scraps waiting to be sorted into the small bins also under the machine. The bed was completely full last week, but I’m slowly clearing things off. There was a giant roll of batting that’s now been cut down to fit all my in progress quilts and is now small enough to go in the closet. There are six quilts ready to be basted and quilted, but the space next to their pile is now empty  since I finished the most important of the baby quilts. There was also a pile of backing fabric which is now, you guessed it, on the backs of quilts!  The Macy’s bag and the pile next to it are quilts waiting to happen. The big blue pile is my next Security Blanket which I am excited to get back to. The glossy pile next to it is a bunch on hankies and transfer paper which will become another piece in my Army Wife series. Behind that is a pile of painted quilt parts and canvases that are halfway to becoming two more Americana series pieces. At the end of the bed is artwork that will go to McGuffey Art Center for their November show, and my knitting and drawing class supplies.

 

Studio Closet

 

A peek inside of the closet. It’s a huge closet and I like to be able to walk into it, but between Broken Bob the mannequin and drawing supplies and framing overflow on the floor, it’s getting tough. My fabric stash is in here to the left, and the big bins hold miscellaneous supplies, uniforms, odd fabrics, and batting. There’s some finished and unfinished projects in here too. Behind Bob are seasonal decorations, portfolios, light boxes, my aprons (hanging) and just more stuff.

It feels a bit out of control to me, but as I finish up things and clear spaces that feels great. It’s actually nice to see tangible evidence of accomplishment!

17 Oct

The After

Remember the before?

Here’s my studio “after:”

I’m not calling it done, but it has plateaued to the point where it is functional and I’ve been spending my mornings there. The table is a new addition since our belongings that were in storage arrived. It’s a vintage Saarinen table that belonged to my parents and even though I’ve parted with nearly all of my college and graphic designer reference, inspiration, and tools, have purged my collection of California pottery, and I plan to garage sale a good deal of furniture and stuff that doesn’t work in this house, I just can’t part with this table. It’s too short for lots of cutting but I don’t care — it’s bigger than the even shorter dresser I was cutting on before the storage stuff arrived. Margaret of Resurrection Fern found my table’s daughter and made magic with it. Too bad Canada and Hawaii are an ocean apart because I’m tempted to try and convince her that the mushroom stool really belongs at my house!

Opposite the sewing and cutting side of the room is this side. I had set up the dresser as my cutting area, but when I couldn’t find any studs in the wall on which to hang the box of drawers, I moved them here (where they are working just fine) and brought in the pedestal table to cut on. The green paper collage is my son’s work. The rest of the wall is pretty much filled with my collection of mushroomy fun.

The wall between these two is mostly one long window and will eventually have some sort of sleeping arrangement in front of it. Whether that’s the white sleeper sofa currently downstairs, or a new fold-out foam thing has yet to be determined. The fourth wall is the closet with it’s mirrored sliding doors. They may be covered with a batting “curtain” for a design wall, but as long as I’m making garments and small stuff I’m not going to worry about that yet.