Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio visit

Fortify yourself dear Reader - you are about to see the current state of my studio. My friend and mentor Seth Apter is hosting a studio table show and tell via his blog The Altered Page.

I work happiest surrounded by stuff: if I put things away neatly and tidily they cease to exist in my mind. So when I'm working I have everything around me that I might need. Which means I end up with an actual work space of about a foot square...

Ready? Let's plunge in.

Here's the view from just inside the door. My studio is technically the laundry, although who ever heard of a laundry five metres by three?? So that accounts for the laundry basket and the washing machine at the back.

You can also see my wonderful stash wall of Ikea baskets that Kind Dog assembled for me. The baskets are full of paper, fibre, paint, pencils and other necessaries. And the top is covered with bigger stuff such as sheets of mulberry bark, wire, blank canvases and works in progress.

So, wall of storage on the left, painting area and washing machine and more cupboards on the back wall, work table on the right.  Decorations include dragons hanging from the ceiling, the jackolope that Emily gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago with my copper wire and feather sculpture hanging jauntily from one antler, various artworks from Central Australia, bone, feather and glass collections on the window sill.

And here is my studio table covered in the detritus and necessaries of my work this year. Mainly paper and paint - brushes, oil sticks, gorgeous soft pastels (which also work well with water), charcoal, graphite sticks, sketchbooks,  and my new book on watercolours from the Tate.
Seth introduced me to liquid acrylics so I have been playing with translucent layers of paint mixed with glazing liquid.  I've also discovered Daniel Smith watercolours which are just delicious - soft intense colours and, depending on the way you mix in the water, a lovely graininess of texture. The colour wheel has been getting a workout as I try and get different effects. That piece of textured white paper is actually a wallpaper sample drying off after I used it to add texture to the wet surface of the canvas.
 Here is the view to the left as I sit at the table - an old butler's tray that holds tools, pincushions, threads and my camera. That red globe is a vagina dentata piece in progress. It awaits teeth and solutions to reducing the shininess.
And here is my current hands on work space. I haven't done much textile work this year - life has been full of study and work - so I have focused on drawing and painting which I really love and am slowly improving (I think).
More studio spaces here via The Altered Page.

11 comments:

BLockHEad said...

A fabulous light, bright, space!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

It's like a treasure trove of goodies. Makes me want to dig in and get my hands dirty. Love the header by the way too.

The Creative Beast said...

I like your studio space - full of LIGHT and COLOR, my favorite things to be surrounded by when making art!
Also love that you have the washing machine handy - it's great for large DYE projects =)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Marvelous space. Love your header, so beautiful. xox

librarygirl said...

Love it F, glorious arty chaos!

Marjie Kemper said...

Fortified! Loved the peek.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It took me awhile to find your sewing machine after seeing that incredible blog banner. But I was not disappointed, and like how you have added paints and glazes to your repertoire as well as fabric. Thanks for sharing with us this great space.

Bill said...

Such a marvelous space! Looks like lots of awesome treasures, too! :-)

Sharmon Davidson said...

What a wonderful space you have for art making! Thanks for sharing it!

trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits said...

An awesome share! I love the light in your workspace! :)

dryadart said...

love the dragons - and how bright the space is! Thanks for letting us visit.