I thought I’d share a few pics of my workroom. This is what my printing table normally looks like. As though an art supply shop had vomited all over it. With some haberdashery chucked in for good measure.
Every so often I have to have a good clear out or it gets too much to create anything there, it seems to mess up my head as well.
One afternoon I decided to clear everything off and put the dropcloth in the washing machine. This is what the print table looks like underneath all that clutter. Wow, wish it looked like this all the time!
I have a large piece of MDF laid on top of the table, and a piece of carpet underlay over that, which creates the soft surface for printing.
Here is the table with a clean dropcloth on top, bearing the dyeing marks from a previous printing session or ten!
Wish I could say it still looks like that now, but unfortunately it is more like the top photo again… that clean table top lasted less than a day. But it definitely unleashed some creativity…
I thought I’d put a picture of the only thing I’ve sewn in the last few weeks (apart from turning up the hems on umpteen pairs of trousers and mending DS2’s coat).
It is another sample for the ladies of the sewing studio in Zambia for Health Help International. Ron is there now and took it with him. It is one of those wall tidies which you can hang on the wall and use to store small items in pockets.
I have been busy this week, tidying and organising my studio yet again (well, I prefer to think of it as continuing the tidying rather than reorganising everything Yet Again….). Instead of organising my cotton fabrics by colour, I decided to do it by value. Reading Lisa Call’s blog inspired me. I ironed them all and folded them into approximately the same size. Sorting them was relatively easy after that. Looking at them, I have come to the conclusion that I have far too many in medium values and not enough at either end.
After that I was energised (inspired, no doubt, by all the fabrics I had forgotten I had!) into sorting all the other sorts of fabrics, which previously I had organised by colour, into each type of fabric… the rusted fabrics have a container to themselves. I enjoyed stroking the silks and rediscovering the shiny fabrics, the velvets, the scrims, the sheers…. now I just need to use them in something and not just return them to the shelves….
I spent a long time this morning looking at the Fiberarts Magazine studio competition photos – PamDora is a finalist in the Best Stash section. Then I thought about what my studio looks like…
Unfortunately, the work table (where I do my designing and cutting etc) looks like this at the moment:
It has been raining for about 5 days solidly and we have a leaky wall above it (or a leak in the roof of the bay window). The wall on that side faces west where the prevailing winds come from, and when they blow strongly the wet comes through. It needs a special waterproofing paint on there about every 8 years – unfortunately we can’t do this now till the summer and it all dries out. Hopefully. Meanwhile, this is my work area:
A pink bedroom carpet (it used to be a bedroom). And yes, that is a melted iron shape on it. Needs hoovering too….
I stress about my studio about once a year, when everyone else is making goals for the coming year and assessing what they did in the previous one:
This morning, I sat down and sorted out what uses I made of my studio, and the various areas I need in it…
Fabric, papers, threads, beads, etc etc
Works in progress
Notebooks, inspiration sources etc
Completed quilts etc
Wet area (at the moment this is either the kitchen or the floor!)
Framing and finishing
Catalogues, invoices and other stuff
Information, entries to competitions
And all the stuff on my computer!
I’m glad I’ve sorted all that out because at the moment all the areas are too mixed up and some things just don’t have anywhere to live…I’ve got quite a big room (about 15 foot square) but I need to work out how to make it work. And I need a design wall. Or something. At the moment it is a floor! Still – just shows you can do anything anywhere…