Friday, September 23, 2011

Come on in...

From my sinks... behind the curtain is a storage area with resist materials, finished felt, more wool (of course), etc. Big heavy tables made by my dad (counter height). the two in this configuration gives me 8 ft. and a great little "arm" to keep dry fibre etc. while I work/layout.

from the other corner...difficult to see but the table along the wall is now turquoise :o). I am going to put fabric under to conceal the ugly, but needed bins. Line over my sink to hang wet plastic/bubble wrap. Spinner on floor.

enter!
another from the doorway
from the corner closer to the window...

I mentioned on my FB status that I had bought some new vinyl to cover the MDF counter area I have under my window beside my sinks (also my machine table area, which has plastic on top as the vinyl is not water "proof") and some wanted pictures of my space.

I am sometimes asked about how to create a studio space and it really has been a process. As you work, you figure out what you need and as what you do changes, what you need changes too. The biggest things for me are my double sinks. I, believe it or not, have not had them very long. I hauled a bucket of water (no big deal, really), and rinsed in the kids bathtub, and came back to the studio to spin. Being in the basement required a pump and it just seemed a hassle, but now I can stay in my studio to do everything!

This leads me to my must have: my laundry spinner/centrifuge (from Laundry Alternatives in California). To be able to spin it almost dry and iron the work means dry time is shortened greatly. My rolling machine (from Don Evans in Colorado) is a big presence in my studio. It is rolled out, on occasion, is table space is required, but it is used for scarves. It does not speed up the process and I still do most of the work by hand, but it saves a bit of wear and tear on my body. It has been well worth the investment. I just figured I had to sell 35 scarves or so and it had paid for itself. Not a bad way to think about it.

Today I begin work for an important show. I'll keep you posted!

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8 comments:

Karoda said...

It was your blog and another blogger, Elizabeth, her first name but I've lost her blog, who enticed me to THINK about throwing myself into wet felting. I've since backed away from it knowing I don't want to yield space to supplies from my dyeing cloth and quilting. But I love love love your work!!!!!!! Thanks for the peek into your studio.

Loco Lindy said...

Your studio space is great, Andrea, love the orange! My studio is a hell hole right now, but I'm beginning to accept that it's just how I seem to work. I'm trying to do a little bit of clean up organizing every day (just a TINY bit), and that does make a difference. You are so neat!

filz-t-raum.ch said...

beautiful studio, good to work!
bye from switzerland...
monica

Becky Utecht said...

Thank you for sharing these photos of your studio Andrea. I'm SO jealous of your space! Your tips will come in handy as I'm preparing for an open studio in honor of FeltUnited day - only 8 days away - yikes!

Katie said...

a wonderful space! I am moving in tomorrow! hee!

Andrea Graham- Feltmaker said...

Oh, it was long in coming,all. I went from the kitchen to the basement hall to half the space I now have and then the whole space. I am happy with it and do love to keep it tidy so I can focus on my work and not the mess!

KerryFelter said...

It certainly is a process. I had a room with no sinks and water or drying line and I had to felt in studio and then lug everything home in black plastic bags to rinse and finish at home. Now, I am renting a studio space with large tables and storage (not enough!) and public viewing/workshop space and a dye kitchen and a large laundry line outside. Lots of room to improve, but the light is good and there is heat. Small things get you there...x

Senna said...

A fantastic studio with really professional conditions. Regards Senna

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