To publicize the latest issue of Studios magazine, Interweave, the publishers of Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, FiberArts, and more, is hosting a virtual tour of studios across the internet, which I am fortunate to be a part of. You'll want to click HERE for the list of other open studios and links to their photos on the web.
After putting my family through years of artwork and supplies stashed in various rooms and closets all over the house, everyone was happier when my daughter and I decided to move our shared supplies into what was our family room, re-arrange everything into a working studio, and give the family their house back.
Aside from borrowing furniture from other parts of the house, most of the storage boxes which once housed toys when kids were little, were moved back in from the garage to store our "stuff", collected over the years, and shipped by vendors who have supported and sponsored my work in the past. The paper rack came from a local store. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. They had just installed walls of shelves and needed a home for the rack. I happily offered to give it one, and we loaded it into the car!
The truth is, we didn't spend an extra dime on this room. Everything was pulled from other parts of the house. It isn't usually always this clean. A normal day will have you wading through a sea of paper, paint, brushes, pens, scissors, glue...but, these pics were taken the day we finished our room re-make, before the real work began. We are every bit as happy with it as we were on day one, and are thankful to have a spot where things can be left out overnight undisturbed for the next day.
Everything, including the sewing machine, is neatly stashed, tucked away in one of the larger cabinets, but can as easily be left on the table for days on end when needed.
I was so pleased to be able to participate in this tour. Interweave holds a huge soft spot in my heart, as FiberArts was the first place my work was published-- fiber valentine postcards, two years in a row. I've also had a full page in Quilting Arts, October/November 2007 issue, when my funky spacemen art quilt was chosen as part of the "doorway to the imagination" challenge. I am always truly amazed at the quality of all of their publications.
Have another look around, click to enlarge the photos, and peek inside the bins. In my opinion, studios are always a work in progress, so feel free to leave comments and suggestions! In the meantime, I'm off to take the tour myself!! Maybe I'll see your studio, next!
Have a great day, Everyone!