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13 November 2012

Updated Studio

Now that I have more time to focus on my studio practice and environment, I've spent the last couple of weeks taming the chaos of the studio. I usually do a quick clean of the studio each time I return from a break, but this fall a major overhaul was in order.

This year I began using my drawing/sewing/framing upstairs studio for my new acrylic paintings. At the time, I just jumped in despite not having a practical painting set up. Over the summer, it became more cramped as I added a second easel and worked on bigger paintings.



Here the sewing table is turned into the paint & palette surface, also sporting small paintings in progress. The drafting table was a kind of catch all. Behind the easels are the matte cutter and flat files.

Now, after some table wrangling, three spaces have been updated and made more user friendly; the office now has a better work flow using a table from the downstairs studio, the downstairs studio now has booth sewing machines and all the stuff that goes with that and the upstairs studio now looks like this:



I know as I work this fall, it will have a more "worked in" feel, but it's great to have a clean and welcoming space.

For me, a clean studio let's me focus on the work with fresh, uncluttered mind and I feel more responsive to the work when there is an openness to my space.

How about you, how do you like your studio space?

10 November 2012

Nice reminder

I found this video from the Doug Aitken exhibition The Source at the Tate Liverpool, which looks like an amazing exhibition! The interviews in the online videos in this exhibition are all about what sparks creativity.

Architect Liz Diller talks about creativity and experimentation this way
"...what it takes to do creative work is naivete....if you're curious and you're naive, you step off the cliff often without a parachute or anything; and you find yourself in trouble and then you work your way out of it."

Exactly.


find out more about the exhibition here

24 May 2012

sewing machine and more


Last month I purchased a used industrial sewing machine from Craig's list.


It needed some minor repair and a slower motor so it would work with paper. I just got it back from Missouri Sewing Machine last week and then re-assembled it today!!

new motor with customizable
speed control
It came with that great blue lamp attached and the manual (with instructions on how thread it and all).


After a quick test run with some larger paper, I can say it works great and I'll be using it again tomorrow!





Plus, earlier this year I had a jig made (by Jonathan who makes my panels) for the older Kenmore machine - so now smaller paper sews without getting caught on something.


More sewn drawings to come!

31 January 2012

good bye to Seaside

cypress on Western Lake -an inlet lake

This residency inspired me in so many ways and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to be among a wonderful group of people.

My fellow escapees Molly Murphy, Karla Morton, David Wayne Reed, Vanessa Olivarez, Elizabeth Elkins, & Charrissa Terranova plus the dedicated E2C board Marsha Dowler, Karen Holland, Jane Crews and Cathy Toole made this an incredible and memorable month. Plus, George the cat was always around to keep me company...



I heart George
moss
beached man-o-war






More shapes and forms to think about in the studio...







"Escaping" allowed me to relax, immerse myself in the creative space and achieve the goals I had set for myself. I spent time experimenting in new ways and with new materials - it will be interesting to see what all this will mean for my studio practice.






For me, there is something in the rhythm of the waves, the cycles of tides, the smell of the sea air that reaches deep inside allowing me to let go and create.  
E2C has been such a gift....






25 January 2012

subtle suggestions


Many times when I am working, subtle changes take place. Much of the work I have been doing throughout this residency has this quality - still, there are the days when I throw it all out and try something really different.


Some of the things I have been looking at involve the varied uses of media, materials and tools while working with shapes, pattering and negative space in different ways. 





Inspiration is all around in Seaside - colors here are just amazing (the sky, water and sunsets), this winter  beach is different each moment every day and so is the weather... I'm noticing that the subtlety found here is finding it's way into my studio work.


 

shadows from Karla & I walking on the beach

2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Karla Morton




more sand patterns, no dark cirlces this day
lines produced by the surf