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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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One more day!

My class starts on Tuesday.  I am taking Seminar in Fibers this quarter, so the focus will be on researching and writing about my ideas.  Time in the studio will be very limited.  I’ve decided to dedicate a space in the house to be creatively spontaneous on the rare occasion when I have some extra time.  I figure that if I don’t have to drive to the (cold) studio to be productive, I will actually be able to get a little  accomplished with my studio practice.  I was able to set up this nook in the room that I was supposed to renovate during my break.  I’ve decided to embrace the idea that it will not be renovated any time soon.  I’m glad I took the time to clean out this room so that it is now usable space.  I don’t know what this BLOG will be like this quarter.  Since I will be mostly researching, I may not have too many visuals.  I’m really going to try and keep up with my collages, but I’m not sure if they will be daily.  We’ll see.  I’m going to enjoy my last evening of freedom with my boyfriend. 🙂

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Room Renovation

This weekend I relaxed in Charleston, SC with family.  It was really hard to sit still, but somehow I allowed myself to slow down.  The rest of this weekend, I spent clearing out the rest of the room I want to renovate.  I found temporary and permanent places for the furniture and knick knacks that took over the room.  Here is the room all cleaned out.   I still need to take out the air conditioner in the window.  I don’t need it anymore since I have central heat and air now.  The first thing I will do in here is scrape the popcorn off the ceiling.  It’s a messy job, so I will need to put plastic down before getting started.  The pictures below are traveling around the room to the left.  I stood in each corner to take the pictures.

I took a picture of this loom before I moved it out of the room because I’m ready to sell it.  I don’t see myself weaving anytime soon, and if I want to weave later in life, I will use the other one we have.  If anyone is interested in buying it from me for $300 let me know.  I live in Savannah, GA, and you would have to pick it up.  That is pretty cheap if you live around here.  It is set up for plain weave because that is the process I used when I was weaving, but it comes with some parts to turn it into a 4 harness loom, however some parts are also missing so you would have to order these.  Also, a bench is NOT included.  I’ve always just used a chair.  It is a LeClerc loom from Canada.

It will collapse for easy storage when not in use.

Here are the parts I have for the other 2 harnesses.

I also spent some time today to see if this sewing machine, that was salvaged off someone’s trash pile, actually worked.  It works!  I think they thought it was broken, but really they had the bobbin in upside down!  SCORE!  I did some research on how old it might be, but reached dead ends with my search on-line.  It’s a Bamberger – Deluxe 149B.  Has anybody heard of it?  It looks pretty old.  Maybe 50s or 60s.

from the back:

Well, next weekend I’m planning on visiting a friend of mine in Camden, SC, so I may not have a post for next week.  I might post though, so check back just in case!  Have a great week!

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Winter Break

The quarter is over, and I am ready for a break from my crazy schedule. I’ve decided that I’m not going to commit to anything this break. If I feel like working in the studio, I will. I probably will since I’m working on some new ideas, but I’m determined not to feel guilty if I don’t.

I also really want to spend this break renovating a room in the house. For those of you who don’t know, I own a house that turned 100 years old this year, and I’ve been renovating it very slowly over the past 4 1/2 years.  Since I started graduate school, this project has been put on the back burner for over 3 years.  Most of the main rooms have been renovated, so I’m very comfortable here, but really the project is only half done.  There are 2 rooms in the house that still need to be worked on (among other things). The small office space and what used to be my studio before I decided to rent a space away from the house. My old studio turned into the “catch all” room, so I’ve decided it is time to reclaim this space as usable space. So, this is the room I’ve decided to work on. Below are the before pictures that I took a few minutes ago. Pretty messy, huh? It is time to make it a nice space.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but it has popcorn ceilings. After I get the room cleared out, the first thing I will do is scrape this off. It’s a real pain, but worth it in the end. Today, I plan on slowly clearing out this room. It will probably take all week. Even though school is out for me, I still have to work full-time.

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