Studio Tour

Yay, art school!  Hmm, that probably means I need a studio space that’s actually workable, not covered in the leftovers from six months worth of projects . . .  Every time I clean my studio, it gets just a bit more organized than the last.  By the time I’m completely happy with it, it will probably be time to move.

I live in a two-bedroom garden level suite (I think that sounds much nicer than “basement suite, but it’s above ground and quite nice, really!”) with my boyfriend.  Which is much better than a normal roommate because a) he doesn’t get too mad when I get art/fibre-y stuff all over the living room and b) we sleep in the same bedroom, which means there’s an entire room for a shared studio.  And c) he does my laundry, but that’s probably TMI.

Anyways, over the past few days I’ve had a great procrastinating from homework cleaning spree, and the studio looks fantastic, if I do say so myself.  So while it still looks nice, you get a private tour.

We’ll begin with the wall you see first upon entering the room.  This is the only wall that doesn’t have a window or a door or otherwise space-inhibiting thing, so it does most of the storage duty by means of several sets of shelves, plastic drawer-tower-thingys, and hooks.

Left Wall

The empty space in the top left is where the table loom hangs when it’s not in use.  Below that is the sewing machine and machine embroidery stuff.  The high shelf is most of my knitting yarns and books.  I’m sorry, it’s one of the smallest stashes I’ve ever seen a picture of online.  Nothing worth bragging about there.  In the middle is the bulletin board, which I have finally actually hung instead of having it propped in various corners.  In the two white sets of drawers are current projects, sewing supplies, and other random things.  On top of them are baskets with current projects that are actually being worked on.  To the far right on the metal shelves are the dyeing supplies and equipment.  Shoved in the space between the metal shelves and my desk are two hockey tape dummies, one of me and one of Boyfriend.

Moving along clockwise, is the wall that is mostly window.  The sun hits at about two in the afternoon, which is awesome in the winter, but deadly hot in summer.  The desk is in front because, well, it’s the only thing short enough.

Window Wall

The main occupant of the desk rotates between laptop, sewing machine, and serger.

The serger hides in the cupboard underneath the desk:

Serger Cupboard

The drawers are mostly full of thread:

Thread DrawerI love those adjustable drawer organizers, they do an excellent job of keeping the thread from going everywhere.

Next up is the drawing/fabric storage area.  The second level with lamp and ferns is a recent addition, after deciding to make the room a cat-free zone.  At least until I can trust him to sleep quietly in a corner instead of climbing on everything and wreaking havoc wherever he goes.  Two plastic tubs holding spinning fibre hold up the board that my pencils etc. sit on, and most of my fabric lives underneath the drafting table, along with various large flat things that don’t fit anywhere else.

Lamp Sillhouette

Pencils

Drafting Table

Fabric Storage

Continuing around, we come upon the bookshelf that until yesterday was crammed full of stuff.  It still kind of is, but there is WAY more space than there was.

Bookshelf

On top is my home-made swift.  The next shelf down is where my other spinning stuff is, along with my camera and tripod.  Next is artwork that will eventually go up on the walls, and our growing collection of nifty boxes.  Below that is more drawing stuff, magazines, and, um, assorted.  Lessee . . . under that is another project box and my new calligraphy stuff.  The next one down is actually completely empty, it just doesn’t look like it.  And on the bottom shelf is my iron, a box of yarn leftovers, and a box of Fimo.

The next stop on our tour is the door alcove, which turned out to be a horrible picture so I’m not posting it.  There’s an ironing board hanging on the back of the door.  That’s about all you need to know.  Oh, and this picture on the wall next to it leading back around the corner and into the studio:

Fencing Picture

And now we’ve reached the final wall, which is Boyfriend’s section.  Mostly.  His workbench sits on our brilliantly improvised floor made out of a piece of plywood covered in stick-on vinyl flooring tiles.  My inkle loom and mini tapestry loom do live on top of his workbench.

Randy`s Desk

Inkle Loom and Drill Press

Dishing Stump

And, last but not least, I have pictures of some of the silk, cotton, and paper dyed with my woad:

Woad Dyed

Sorry for making you wait so long, I’ll try not to let it happen again!

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