Saturday, October 18, 2008


My studio is a safe haven, the place I go to when my world isn't working. In there, I can let the cares of the world go, focus on creativity, and come away renewed.

I used the black and white piece and developed it further, adding green to hint at renewal. I think it still needs more, but the beading I thought of doing will be impossible. Note to self: bead first, add gel medium second. I think it needs more green. Off to paint some more.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Safe Haven

Yesterday, Paula left a comment that she also has no idea how to translate this month's challenge into fibre. I hadn't actually gone as far as thinking what my studio meant to me, so I also had no ideas what to do.

Then I had a conversation with my son and I realized my studio is a safe place for me. Inside this room I can forget about interpersonal conflicts--something I don't handle well. It is where I go for pleasure and re-energizing in a stressful world.

Now that I live alone, the need to close the door isn't as strong. But it is still the place I go for renewal. I'm not sure how to translate this into fibre. I'm thinking safety, but the idea of renewal might have some intriguing avenues worth exploring. Hum, I have the start of two black and white pieces. What if I added just a hint of green on one of them to symbolize renewal...

Oh, I might be on to something.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Studio Update

October's challenge was a nudge in the direction of taking photos of my transformed studio space. I meant to do this in August after I completed the painting and moved my fabric into the new room. But September was busy.

I tried to complete the black and white quilt for the online challenge but it fought me every step of the way. I let it fester in the old studio space while I moved fabric, paint supplies and furniture.

And I have to confess, I still haven't moved everything out of the other room. I promised myself I wouldn't move things until they had a home. Bad idea--there are bits and drabs on the floor still waiting for a home. And look at how messy my new space is already. Did you see how neat Sharon's is? I'm shamed I tell you. Shamed.

And in the old studio, bookshelves are up, books moved and a comfy chair in place in front of the corner fireplace. Which I'll be able to use once I take the quilts off the hearth and actually put them away like I'm supposed to.

How does this translate into fabric? Hum, guess that's why it's called a challenge.