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Art Studio: The History of My Creative Place in Savannah

As an artist, I consider my studio space a place where I should be able to think, create and be inspired.  I’ve always prioritized carving out a space anywhere I’ve lived for this purpose.  It’s also important to me to be able to make a mess without worrying about spills or drips.

#1. RENTED STUDIO: I rented a studio in my neighborhood when I was attending graduate school.

Only once have I had a studio space outside of my house.  (See THIS POST if you want to see pictures of this studio.)  I gave myself this luxury when I was in grad school, and kept that space for about 3 years, eventually giving it up when I was able to create a space to work at home.

#2. 37th ST. STUDIO:  Then I moved my studio back home.

It was a room that I finally renovated in the 37th St. house.  This space has the best light of any of my studios so far.

(**You can click on each picture to see it larger.)

This was in my house when I lived on 37th St.

Another view – 37th St Studio. – sitting/storage area.

#3. THUNDERBOLT STUDIO #1: Then I moved to another area in Savannah.

Almost two years ago, I moved to the Thunderbolt area of Savannah.  We purchased a major renovation project house, and I was able to renovate a small space quickly to have a space to create.  Here is a picture:

This is the first studio in my current house.

The above space never really felt comfortable to work in because we had to install carpet in the space.  After working in it for a while, I knew I had to figure out another solution, so we decided to renovate a bigger room in the house so I could move in there.

#4. THUNDERBOLT STUDIO #2: Current studio that I just moved in to this weekend.

New studio looking West. I’m finally able to have all of my supplies in one room and organized for easy access. I have another table in storage that will eventually go along the wall on the left to give me more table space for printing.










New Studio looking East. I Ieft the window area really open to give me room to have yoga breaks. I still need to make curtains for privacy.


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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel Series

I submitted 6 prints from the Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel Series (below) into an exhibit at SCAD called “Figuratively Speaking”.  They all have been selected to be included in this group show at Gutstein Gallery (201 E. Broughton St., Savannah, GA) on view June 18 – Aug. 5, 2012.  They will hang together in a grouping to further express the multiple “views” of the same experience.  (See this page to read more about my ongoing concepts.)  I’m excited to share my latest work with a public audience so soon after creating them! 😉  Next week: I will share images of the new print edition in my Arrowmont Series that I began printing today!


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #1, 2012


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #2, 2012


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #3, 2012


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #4, 2012


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #5, 2012


Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #6, 2012


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Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion – Experience

Well, I’m back from the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion trip.  I had a sleepless blast.  Everyone left egos at home, and became an immediate family.  There were all different ages and types of people, but because everyone had the Arrowmont Residence experience in common, that was enough to form a tight bond in a mold of inspiration and creative energy.  We had a TON of laughs and clinking glasses toasting and honoring old times and future endeavors.  My mind is still spinning with a flood of information, and ideas unrealized.  We all want to do this every year….an unrealistic endeavor, but I don’t think this reunion idea is over…it will just take a different form.

I was able to take over 2 tables in the studio space provided so I could work on many pieces at once.  I was able to finish about 5 prints, but many more are still in progress.  The one I’m most proud of is below.  I will post pics of some of the others at a later date, as I finish them in the coming weeks.  I donated 2 of them to a future auction for fund raising.  We also worked on a few collaborative projects which was really fun to watch unfold.  Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the final results, but I will include a picture of my favorite one in progress.

I was able to experiment a little with the print press, but it was a bit of a challenge to really get focused in the studio, so I did not experiment with it as much as I intended.  I really wanted to get something finished for the donation, so I tried to focus on what I already knew, but introduced new media instead of new tools.  Below is a picture of a jack press that was homemade and brought by Fenella Belle, a fellow fiber artist from Charlottesville, VA.  It was made for 11″ x 14″ paper.  Todd is going to help me design and build one for bigger paper.  He already has ideas for it.

It was such a treat to be given a large studio space to work with like minded people.  Everyone left inspired, well fed, and tired…a perfect combination of a productive and fun week!  Thank you Arrowmont for a memorable week!!  You will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart!  For those of you who are looking for a creative vacation, I HIGHLY recommend Arrowmont.  It is at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where beautiful hikes are very close, the food is great, and even though it is in the tourist attraction town of Gatlinburg, TN, you never really felt that tourist energy unless you ventured off the campus.  The campus is tucked away off the beaten path and creates its own oasis of beauty and talent.

Work Space at Arrowmont

This is where I set up at Arrowmont. I was able to take over 2 tables and spread out to work on many prints at once.

Home made print press

Home made print press using a car jack.


From my “Front Porch” series. This is my favorite print from the week. 22″ x 30″

This is the collaborative project in progress. There were about 8-9 people that worked on this. It will go up for auction at a future fund raiser.

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Arrowmont Inspired Project

I finished embroidering the printing plate for my Arrowmont project.  (See below…and read THIS post to see collage inspiration for this embroidery.)  So, during my Reunion at Arrowmont, I will take this stitching on fabric and create prints on paper using a printing press.  (Using a real press for my printing process is unexplored territory.)  I plan to run this through several times on the same piece of paper, creating multiple layers on top of each other.  Before I leave for my trip (which is next weekend),  I plan to print this at home using the method I’ve already developed to get a couple of layers started to take with me.  I think I’ll go start now! 😉


Embroidered Printing Plate – Size: 30″ x 22″


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Collage pick #1 – Arrowmont Reunion

I started my collages today for the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion.  It took more than a week and a half to filter through and download all the pictures I thought were good enough to pull information from.  All of my collages are put together in the computer using Photoshop.  Since I’m just trying to achieve a composition, I’m not worried too much about edge detail, so forgive the roughness of the collage image.  Here is the most successful one for the day.

Mrs. Profitt, Me as a child, Mrs. Reagan (Aunt Lizzie)

I made the above collage using the following photos:

Gatlinburg's first health clinic. Also, where I lived when I was a resident artist at Arrowmont in 1994-95.


Mrs. Profitt was the housekeeper for the Boy's Dorm (left) Mrs. Reagan (also know as Aunt Lizzie) was the Housekeeper of Teacher's Dorm and also an accomplished weaver.


Aunt Lizzie spinning yarn most likely for her weaving.

Me as a child.


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Arrowmont School of Arts And Crafts – 20th Anniversary Reunion/Retreat

I have a new adventure, fast approaching, that I’m very excited about! Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a 20 year anniversary of the Artist-in-Residence program that they offer.  To celebrate, they have invited ALL of the previous residents over the past 20 years to participate in a reunion/retreat!  (Yes, that’s right, I was invited because I participated in their program as a resident artist from 1994-95.)  Arrowmont is hosting 5 days of creative collaboration and full use of their studios!  They are even housing and feeding all of us!  How generous is THAT?  (very)  It looks like it will be just above 50 participants according to the last count of attendees.

Arrowmont has organized several different collaborative ideas for us, as a place to start from, and we are asked to choose our top 2 choices.  My choices are:

1.  Create a large format print project. Or a print edition.

2.  Each resident to bring a small personal hand-made object (size restriction) to be embellished and or responded to by other participating residents and staff.

Most (or at least the successful ones?) of these collaborative projects will be donated to Arrowmont and either be sold at fund raising auctions, or added to their permanent collection.

My personal goal for this experience is EXPERIMENTATION using a printmaking press.

Even though I have taken a printmaking class in the past, at the time, I was not using my current process of mono-printing.  Since I’m using stitched fabric as my printing plate, and I work in my home studio (which doesn’t have a print press), I had to develop a way to print without a press.  (I create the pressure using bricks and books.)  My printing plate (stitched fabric) sits under pressure with the paper substrate for days.  This helps to achieve some of the texture in my prints.  I am also printing with inks used for drawing and painting instead of traditional printmaking ink.

Taking this process to a printmaking press will change what mediums I can use for my mark making….I know this.  This is what I’m most excited about! 

Inspiration for my Arrowmont project has begun!

In most of my work, I use old photographs for my inspiration.  I have mostly worked with family photos, and I usually create collages with them to create a new composition.  You can see some of the collages I’ve done in an old post here.  Doing these collages lead me to my current working process, which you can also read more about here.

The history of Arrowmont is interesting and goes way back.  You can read more about it here.  ” Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Arrowmont’s rich history has been preserved in digital format with fully searchable archival materials including letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks.” (from Arrowmont’s website) These can be found here.   When I discovered this resource, I was ecstatic!  What a wonderful way to begin my research for my print edition!

OK, that is it for now, but I will be posting some ideas in more detail in future posts leading up to the retreat, which will take place from May 14th – 18th.  (next month!) Thanks for stopping in to see what I’m up too!   Here is a little eye candy taken from the scrapbook section of this website:


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