First - Thanks Suzanne!!! I had a great time and thanks for including me!! (check out Suzanne's site)
Second - Thank you Lowell Fiber Studio! It was wonderful meeting all the women who were there yesterday and learning more about their art, their process and inspirations!!
Third - Again, thank you for letting me talk about my process and my art!!
Fourth - I am slowly discovering the amazing ways that Western Avenue Studios is enhancing my own self-discovery and how embracing all that it has to offer is one of the greatest gifts I've ever had!
I had to move the furniture around yesterday as I am trying to create a beautiful entry way for when I open up to the public. The ferret babies are now hiding behind my big closet design wall (yes in my bedroom) and I've had to piece together a wall of particle boards in order to keep them within this area. They seem happier down here than near the door so I guess it's ok. I no longer need an alarm clock as these guys are on my timetable and want out of their cage at 6:30 in the morning (even on the weekends, ugh). I think they may sleep later as it stays darker in the morning longer.
So here are some new pics. The studio area is kind of a mess right now while I am still putting things away after shifting stuff yesterday. One thing I realized was that I was trying to reserve specific spaces within this open plan for my living room, dining room and bedroom when it occurred to me that I had not sat at my dining room table nor had I relaxed in my living room since I've been here. So I blew open the floorplan and I like it much better. There is more flow.
The dining room table is now right off the kitchen. I put the expansion section down to make the table smaller which makes more sense.
Studio floor is messy as I had to shift rolling storage and push my fabric into the studio away from the bedroom windows. The ferrets would have a hay day if left to their own devices.
The former dining room is now my massive desk and computers.
I set up a new table for my sewing machines as I started to use them again. You can see way back above the kitchen that I've been able to store boxes above the bathroom after my wonderful brother-in-law set the plywood up there. You can see it if you go looking for it but I don't mind that.
Everything is much more open and blended. It will definitely make for better presentation to the public (when I get the darn studio straightened up again). I'm starting to visualize how I want to hang artwork on the outside in the hallway as many other residents already have their art hanging on display. I need to create some backdrop with paint near the door inside and outside. I wanted to be ready for October 6th to open but then I realized I will be down in CT at Art Is taking a workshop with Seth Apter. I guess I will have until November 3rd to get ready and set up my sales area.
Time to take a shower and get going!!! Lots to do here! The good news is I will be on vacation for a WHOLE WEEK September 24th. CREATING PERSONAL IMAGERY 101 is the priority as I intend on finishing it up COMPLETELY and launching the workshop!!! Has it really been 6 months since I hoped to have it done???? I'm inspired, energized and focused and I've purchased a pack of Red Bull for the 7-day ride!!!
Have a great weekend and I hope you are nurturing your own creativity!!