My former pit of a studio.
Every year I like to celebrate the anniversary of my new studio. Six years ago my new sewing studio furniture and lighting were installed. Previous to that I had worked in this desolate pit above. Like a mine shaft filled with sewing debris, my old studio was one scary place!
After much sorting, tossing, cleaning, storing, and painting of the space all was remodeled. Here you see my design wall and 2 new sewing tables.
And I have a table just devoted just to fusing. (Note: don’t be deceived by this photo. I’m not that neat.) It’s so lovely to work in a bright, clean, welcoming studio perfect for making art. Let’s celebrate!
Remember Summer? Remember how the world was full of color and your toes were warm? As I sit here is my basement dye studio watching the frost form on my glasses, I long for those hot, humid days of summer.
Plum Basket #3 by Laura Wasilowski
Ah! Summer! When fruit was fresh and the only thing chilly was the ice cream served with it. Hope you’re keeping warm!
My fusing table was in dire need of a major clean up. That’s what happens when you make a lot of stuff then leave town hoping no one notices.
But someone did notice. My lovely assistant (also known as my daughter) is way organized and cleaned it up for me. Notice the “You Complete Me” sign with an image of Tom Cruise on the top shelf that she added. Not sure what that means but it makes me laugh!
She sorted the fused fabrics by colorway and even put little notes in the bins like “Already Fused for your fusing pleasure”. I am so lucky to have someone who looks out for me. A clean studio makes me want to dive in a make art….and, OK, make a mess again.
Thanks to the ideas and sympathy of my fellow artisans, I decided to clean up my fusing table, a large table covered with Teflon. True, it took several cups of tea and a lot of talking to myself. But the area is now free of clutter.
The first thing I did was to place all my tools in this tray from Ikea. As a result I found all my tweezers! I am so very happy!
Then I sorted the fabrics by size. The fused color chips or smallest pieces are sorted by color into cardboard bins that reside on the back of the fusing table. I know it looks messy but the open boxes allow me to grab color at will.
Larger fused pieces of fabric are stacked and placed on a shelf nearby. A few of the fabrics are folded so I may have to iron out creases at a later date. Anything really big is rolled back onto release paper from the fusible web and stacked on another shelf.
And finally I swept up the small fabric scraps and dust with a piece of batting. It’s the best way to gather tiny specks of fibers off of the Teflon sheet.
Thanks for your support! Now I’m free to mess it up again!
This is a mess. It is what greeted me upon my return to the studio after a week of teaching in OH and MI. (Put them together and they spell Ohmi!) Which is what I said when I saw this mess.
Can you believe this mess? Part of my clean-up-the-studio duties is to sort through my fused fabric scraps and place them into colorways. This mindless activity is perfect for the mindless. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much!
I need these precious fabric scraps. They are the source of many a quilt design like this one above, My House #20. In fact, most of my small art work begins by picking out an odd fabric shape that triggers a design idea. Without my scraps, I can’t make art.
Turns out, it truly is the little things that are important.