Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thrums

thrum 2  (thrm)

n.
1.
a. The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off.


thrums
Finals are coming up and I've got a lot to do to get ready. See you on the other side!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Creative Spaces

This isn't going to be a pretty photo filled blog post. My studio isn't fancy, with designer fabric covered boxes, fancy lighting, and posh flooring.  My spaces are often cobbled together, rigged, purposed and made up of found or built parts.  I'm okay with that.  My studio has stretched and flexed a lot this past year and eventually it was divided up a few months ago.  So without further ado, the photos.

Weaving studio/home office.  This is the original studio, where I used to design, quilt and weave. It has been redesigned to accommodate the two large floor looms and the sewing things moved to the other studio space.  It is a cozy space though it is tight at times.

My favorite corner - and my design wall made out of foam core board, green duct tape (only roll I had) and quilt batting.  Because wall space is at a premium, my design wall is attached with the Command hooks to the closet door.  These days I mostly use it for photos.

Another favorite area of the room.  this shoe organizer is perfect - I can store a lot of things and see what I have.

The other studio lives in the basement.  I've had to make peace with this fact.  The basement is cold, with no natural light, and unsightly as basements can tend to be.  When I'm heads down working though, it doesn't make much difference.  One one wall lives the design wall (foam core & quilt batting - super light and held up with the Command hooks) and sewing table.  I have other various work tables for dyeing, surface design work, cutting and ironing.  Most are simple lengths of wood covered with contact paper and held up by filing cabinets and shelving.
 Another view.  The shiny floor is due to plastic shower curtains which help contain spills.  Space is a little messy as I'm in the middle of some projects and deadlines.

On the other side of the basement near the laundry sink and washer/dryer lives my indigo vat and drying rack.  Today I have lengths of dyed warp drying.  I rigged up lengths of pvc pipe on clothes line to dry yarns and fabrics.


So there is my space.  Nothing fancy but super functional.  My spaces will be able to be adjusted as I find better ways of working or add in more equipment.  Unfortunately, most of what I work with is equipment dense and that takes up space.  I will move some of my dye work to the covered patio now that temperatures are rising.  I love seeing dyed yardage hanging on the line outside.

This post is being linked up with Nina Marie's Sew Many Spaces blog tour of artists' studios.  Thanks for visiting if that is how you found me!  Have feedback?  I'd love to hear from you.