Actually, where I create! Several years ago my husband and I decided to add on to our home to establish two master bedrooms, one being for my mother during the winter months. Since then her health and vision have declined, and she no longer stays with us for the winter, but the room above the new master bedroom is still my get-away, my bliss, my studio!
I am a very lucky person to have this room, so I'd like to share it with you! Come on, let's go upstairs....
As we walk up, you'll see some of my photography on either side of the steps. These pictures are of one of my favorite gardens, the Fenway Victory Gardens in Boston. I can change the photos at any time with other themes I love to shoot - the beach, birds, Florida wildlife, or my pets.
Historically, photography is my newest creative passion. I'm exploring how to incorporate it into my collages, create collages by cutting and regrouping my photos, and collage by using only bits and pieces left over from these cuttings.
Isn't it fun to think back on how this creative journey began? As a little girl, there was always Barbie and the crude clothing I would cut from Mom's leftover fabrics....furniture and rooms I would create from anything I could find in the house, and dead frogs I would dissect with sticks when I found them.
By 12, I was sewing my own clothing (with help from Mom), at 16 I began quilting, and somewhere in my 30s I discovered stamping. Then the floodgates opened! To this day, I have to force myself not to learn something new, to learn more about what I am most interested in. Do you have this problem? Oops, I digress, back to the tour....
Oh, what's that big canvas at the top of the stairs, you asked? The largest collage I've ever created, and one that is near and dear to my heart. The circle of small pieces is made of inchies collected in a year long inchie trade with artists from all over the world! At the center I began with January's inchies, and wound my way out to December. The flowers are napkins!
To the left, as you stand on the landing, you will see two lovely girls painted by my friend (and one of my favorite artists, Christy Sobolewski, aka Gulfsprite). I own several of her pieces, and have my next order in for one of her cut-out journals.
"Red Balloon", the top painting, reminds me of my youngest daughter, and the bottom one reminds me of my oldest daughter.
We're about to turn to the right to see my large, open space, which is about 17' X 23'. See what I mean by lucky? When we met with the architect I asked for lots of windows for natural light to work by, a bathroom with a utility sink, and a closet. The rest was up to me!
favorite things sewing/office supplies Sophia, my Dane
This stash of lovelies rests in the bookcase that walls off my small nook from the largest workspace. Before I continue, I'll add that I have three of these bookcases, which were purchased for only $30 each from a fascinating little shop that, unfortunately, went out of business several years ago. Everyone loves a bargain, right? Had I not been forced to give up my faux finishing business at this time, I'd feel guilty about capitalizing on their loss, but others were enjoying my materials at a bargain as well. So here's another "stack" of bargains, my old suitcases and baskets, all of which were purchased at - you guessed it - garage sales!
My fabric stash is stored in the suitcases, more trims and larger vintage pieces in the picnic basket (trash picked with pride), and messsages from the heart which I made from them all proudly displayed.
Onto the area that NEVER, I repeat NEVER looks this clean, because when I work on a project it, and everything I think I might want to incorporate when creating it, is spread out and left out!
One of my favorite investments is the paper cabinets holding this old (yep, garage sale find) art deco glass door which serves as my painting table. The paper cabinet on the left holds mostly stamps, on the right, paper. Parallel to this is another table where I cut, paste, stamp, ink, sort, etc...although, I must confess, it sometimes spreads over onto my paint table....
|Lovely little paints, pearl ex, alcohol inks, etc., |
are stored in this
|And the majority of my paints and tools|
are stored here.
Oh, my, this is a long tour - I'll hurry it up a bit....we'll jump sides and see where I store my overflowing ephemera, ink, ribbon, etc. collection...
|Drawers full of|
|Vintage text - want|
|More vintage text|
sources - I have
far more than I need!
|Where I store my|
|The far wall on the|
right of the studio - storage.
The decoupaged suitcase was
and made new!
|A chandelier to re-create,|
display torsos, collections
of art, mine and others', on
the closet door.
|Art I have created, traded, purchased, or won,|
here and in the photos that follow.
And I have detained you long enough..it's time to go downstairs.
Thanks for visiting!