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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Studio Tour

Technical (modem) difficulties this morning kept me from posting earlier, but here is a quick tour of my studio:
Last winter I moved everything out of my basement laundry room, including the enormous washer/dryer, and converted this 120 sf space into a designated studio. The laundry sink doubles as waste water pump for the machine which has been relocated to behind the wall as well as a quick wash up space for paint brushes and dye covered hands. I painted the walls a pale yellow and put up an 8 foot design wall so I could better view my works in progress. The back wall contains a bookshelf with very few books - mostly mixed media supplies and my most frequently used tools and fabrics. Although there is no natural light, I spent all of my studio budget on lighting and electrical upgrades so I can see what I am doing... it's a necessity to have a "well lit" room of one's own.
What you can't see in these photos is the fabric collection: mounds, no, mountains of fabrics are in a back room in my basement, along with two large cutting tables, my husbands tool bench, the extra range which I use only at Thanksgiving and for canning tomatoes, and about a million spiders.
PS: The hanging over my machine is a painted African textile and the three small quilts over the telephone are Karen Loprete's!

10 comments:

Sarah Ann Smith said...

I LOVE the sunny yellow...so perfect you'd never know there are no windows! ANd spiders...sounds like a perfect New England basement! Teehee, cheers, Sarah

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I, too, love the pretty yellow you have. Great idea to repurpose a laundry room. Thanks so much for the tour!
Cheers
Mary Anne

Wendy said...

The yellow is awesome! I just moved my studio *out* of my laundry room so I could move one of my kids in there... they're tired of sharing a room! LOL

di from di-did-it said...

You've done a great job with the lighting. I wandered further in your blog and must tell you... I absolutely love your art with birds... gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your studio with us.

Ruth Anne Olson said...

Your room looks great. I spent a lot on lighting, too. It's a necessity when you have a basement studio.

Anke Martin said...

HI! My Studio is in the basement as well and I had to put another little window in, so I can give classes here in Germany....rules and laws!
Anyway I love your artwork and enjoy your creative time! I know what it means to balance with art. I have three kids myself....so enjoy whenever it's possible!
Smiles, Anke ;)

Vivika said...

Thank you, everyone for the kind comments on my blog. I didn't have all of your emails to respond personally, but it is always wonderful to have positive feedback. Let's keep the creative spirit moving... and keep making art!

V

Gina said...

You've created a great space! And your quilts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

The lighting is really, really good; those natural light fixtures are a necessity everywhere except my sun room and even then in the evening hours.
Great tour and like the soft yellow; it makes the room so warm and inviting.

LLAbbott said...

Sorry for being so late, I'm on LTD and just couldn't make it through the tour in one weekend.

I too appreciate the yellow paint job! there's a sunny day feel to it. and I would LOVE to have a dedicated design wall. How fortunate you are. Blessings

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