I’ve moved from my studio this week, so it’s all been rather busy. I had quite a lot of stuff there; it was a large space. I don’t have huge stocks of fabric, but do have a lot of work in progress.
At least at home I will not be accumulating so much wip, but I have been working hard moving furniture and shelves back into the house from the garage, to accommodate my materials. This is good as I like to use what we already own, although I do admit to the purchase of a plan chest, which seems to be taking quite a while to arrive, from an educational supply company. I imagine them sitting in their office, having a good long think before despatching each ordered item. I’m hoping this will swallow much work, paper, and bondawebbed fabric.
So although the title suggests I intend to take over the house, this isn’t actually the case, although I do have a work presence in most rooms, excepting the loo and my daughter’s bedroom. I must admit that a couple of years ago I had had a studio for 2 years and fully intended give it up and work at home again, but wasn’t ready. So I hired another space for 2 years, but this time round have no doubts about where I want to be. All that wip has been good too, as I am just working away at it, without having to start new work; one thing at a time, but see below, all plans have to be flexible…
I have a good space in our small but light knocked through conservatory, I’ve made a messy paint/print area in the garage, the wee box room has new [old] shelves and a cleared desk for drawing, the plan chest is going in the bay window of the bedroom, and when that is done, things will mostly be sorted. I’ve always done the hand stitching in the living room, so that seems to me to be a good use of a house! The family are happy; I thought they may disturb me, you know, when I was having great artistic thoughts, but I like people around these days, and the noise I make when I’m machine stitching is more likely disturb them. It’s great not to commute, and of course, not to pay the rent.
Now, my new discipline of one thing at a time has naturally slipped, and I don’t care, as this is an emergency project I have to do…
It’s a recycled textile project, and I have gone through my collection of fabrics, taking out only those which are truly recycled. All these were, in fact I didn’t pay for any of them, they were all old clothes, pillowcases, and fabric that was being given away. I’m being very strict about this project. The first 2 images are of the reject pile, however, and the third is of some bits and pieces I want to incorporate into 2 new rain forest pieces. [But not the basket lid, it’s too large.]
Now it’s up the garden path to our glorious heap of a garage, damp, and with much interior plant growth. However, it’s a good place for messes. I made ceramics in here for 14 years, it’s worked hard as a space. It has no sink, it’s all down to buckets. Naturally we’ve never put the car in it.
It’s a shared space, as you can see, with tools and the odd garden implement, and my husband’s wood workshop behind a wooden dividing wall. But actually the table is a good size, not quite as weedy as it looks here, hiding in the corner.
The two pieces have been painted and printed, with two helpful hosta leaves. I’ve also painted some map pages and paper to use in these works,of which I will post the progress.