A visit from my friend Nicole last weekend inspired me to post photos of my studio/work space. So here's a short tour of where my artwork gets made (excluding the mosaics, which are stored in the basement, and noone will want to see the mess down there!).
The design table is where I spend most of my time . This is my favourite part of the whole process, partly too because it's the quietest part (my sewing machines make quite a bit of noise), and I get to listen to audio books or the radio while I'm working.
Below is some work in progress (3 buggy thread sketches, after the initial thread sketch).
Here's part of my fabric collection. I used to have the baskets alot more organized (i.e. colour coordinated) than they are now. These days I prefer to work from just a few stacks of variously coloured batiks.
And below is my stash of thread. It makes me so happy to look at all those colours!
The past year or so I've been using alot of paper in my work. These hand-dyed Thai papers are just gorgeous. I've been buying them at Hollanders, in Ann Arbor.
I use two sewing machines for my work. Neither is very fancy (one is pretty old), but they get the job done.
My Sears Kenmore (grey, on the left) is fitted with a darning foot, so I use it for all my free-motion quilting. The Brother (white, on the right) I use for straight-stitching and zig-zagging.
I've been adding paint to my quilts the last little while, so here's my collection of paint brushes and watercolour and acrylic paints. I've been known to use oil paint sticks as well (but don't like them very much; they smell!). And I guess I lied about not showing pics of mosaics - the grey tote under the paints is where I keep most of my bits of broken tiles, glass, rocks, and mosaic-making tools.
My design wall doesn't get used very much, or at least not for the purpose it's meant to be used for. A lot of quilters tend to work vertically on a design wall like this, but I prefer to strain my back and neck and bend over a table! My design wall ends up being a resting place for unfinished pieces that I'm not happy with, or of fabrics I like too much to cut into.
And, to finish off the tour, here's where I display my finished work.
Prior to shipping to various galleries, most pieces hang on my dining room walls.