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Redress: New Studio Check in Part 2

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It’s been a month or so since I moved out of my home studio and into the office space. I decided to leave a workspace for myself at home so I could work on my painting and drawing there. Mainly my more messy crafts–dyeing, basket weaving, painting, paper making, collage, etc.–are all done at home where I have running water and big windows.

The four main fixtures of my workspace are my drafting table, easel, cabinet, and peg board.

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My pegboard is part utilitarian and part inspiration.

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That little notebook is was my grandma’s project journal, I love having it where I can see it. The tapestry is a piece I did for my weaving class at NIU. It was based off of motifs from the eastern european (west pakistan) weaving tradition.

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This is a segment of a larger piece I made. It’s all paper filigree made from junk mail. I’m totally going to make a whole installation using this as my “gauge swatch” in a year or so. I’m collecting the junk mail for it right now.

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Here are two works I’m currently playing with.

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My little knitting basket tucked under the desk. It’s always good for taking a break.

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I’m really excited about this. I just moved a huge binder of resource photos and drawings (done on loose paper) into this portfolio. It really helps to be able to just flip through it.

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And that accessibility has lead to some fun new work. Like this little wip painting. I did the sketch it’s based on in the fall of ’07. It’s fun to have all these old drawings to draw on for new, larger work.

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And this guy I started last summer and I finally decided how I’m going to finish it up. Sometimes things just need to ferment for a bit. I’ve decided to do freeform crochet across the entire surface of the painting, which will hold the two panels together. I had stopped after finishing the stitching around the steer and doing one row of single crochet. I’m now on my 4th row. It will take awhile, but I think it will be worth it. I’m going to do a few other smaller pieces like this to group all together.

So the conclusion? I’m totally loving my at home studio just as much as my out-of-the-home studio/office. In fact, I think it’s more complete than the out-of-the-home office.

I’m ramping up for a few shows, so I’m spending one day a week at home to work on an ongoing series. You can read more about it on Kro Studio. I just posted about the steps I’m taking to get shown more, get into some juried shows, get a few solo gigs, and then end with a residency.

3 thoughts on “Redress: New Studio Check in Part 2

  1. I love your studio space! I’m still trying to get mine into a more workable configuration.

    Anyway, I’m particularly enamored of the weaving piece and the junk mail filigree.

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