First Friday Studio Tour – Jane Davila’s new studio

When we visited with Jane earlier this year, she ended the tour by showing us the newly rented space she and her husband planned to turn into studio space for both of them.  This month Jane shows us her new space.

In May my husband and I rented a studio in a loft building in Bridgeport Connecticut. We moved in, finally, in July. This is the first time that we have shared space and the first time I’ve had ALL of my art supplies, teaching supplies, vending supplies, etc., in one room for at least 12 years. The past couple of months have been an adventure in sorting, donating, organizing, and letting go.

NestStudioFrontDoor   The front entrance to the Nest – come on in!

The building is called the Nest Arts Factory and is home to about 30 artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, poetry, and music.

NestStudioBeforeA The raw before space. Great big windows and really tall ceilings!

NestStudioBeforeBWe’ll divide the room so that Carlos has the half closest to the windows and I have the half closest to the door.

NestStudioPaintedFloorThe first thing we did before we moved in was to paint the floor.

 NestStudioHall We’ve hung some artwork on the outside wall of our studio.

 NestStudioInstallation

 I’ve started an installation project hanging from the ceiling in the hall outside our studio. I’m making giant feathers of Lutradur, stitching them and painting them, and hanging them from white thread at different heights and angles.

NestStudioCuttingJust inside our door is my cutting table and some shelves for storage.

NestStudioPress Just beyond my cutting table to the left is my small etching press. An Ikea kitchen cart makes the perfect base for it.

 NestStudioDoor Looking to the other side of the cutting table you can see the door to my studio and my dress forms.

 NestStudioMirrorMannequins

I’ve hung the mirror that was featured in Modern Patchwork next to the dress forms and added hanging rails for storage below.

NestStudioScissors I reused the ceramic kitchen organizers from my previous studio on the hanging rails for pens and scissors.

NestStudioEpsonI tucked a wireless Epson printer into the corner next to my cutting table for image transfers and general printing.

NestStudioBrushPots  Flower pots make excellent storage containers for paint brushes!

 NestStudioMomiji It’s fun to display art and other collections in my space. I have a collection of one Momiji figure from Japan right now but am on the lookout for more.

NestStudioClassTablesOpposite my cutting table are my working tables. I can use these tables for workshops and for the mentorship group that meets monthly in my studio, as well as for sewing, painting, and printing. And eating lunch or dinner!

NestStudioTable I built the tables from birch plywood and some quirky magenta legs from Ikea (which is dangerously only 15 minutes away now!) I added a pop of color with orange washi tape around the skirt of each table before coating the table tops with polyurethane.

NestStudioPatterns Behind the tables, on the same wall as the door, are shelves holding all of the patterns from my pattern company, The Country Quilter, and the merchandise from my supply company, Flourish http://www.flourish-art.com

NestStudioFarWallAt the far end of my space are the tall bookcases from my previous studio, filled with fabric and books. I added a comfortable and stylish dog bed below the table for my studio mascot.

NestStudioDaisyDaisy comes to the studio with us most days and loves seeing what’s going on.

 NestStudioViewWhen I look into Carlos’ side of the studio, this is what I usually see – most of the time he’s working and sometimes he’s playing his African drum along to whatever music we have playing!

NestStudioCarlosSideCarlos works on his wooden sculptures on his side and it’s pretty cool to see what grows over there.

 NestStudioClock I added a few custom touches to my space to reflect my style and add energy and color. I bought this $2 clock in Ikea, taped off the center and spray-painted the previously white frame a lovely turquoise.

NestStudioPendant After I hung tracklights on the ceiling, I decided that I needed more light in the center of the room and “MacGyvered” some light pendants from heating duct reducers, acrylic paint, light kits, picture wire, and more washi tape. I love the way they turned out.

 We are in our studio most days and if you find yourself driving on route 95 (the major north/south highway that runs from Maine to Florida) in Bridgeport, please let me know and you can come for a tour.

There is an Open Studio event here the weekend of November 8-10, 2013 with many exciting demonstrations and performances taking place. Please join us!!

Thank you Jane for letting us see your new space.  What a bright and cheery place you have created.

Check out Jane’s website see more of her work and learn about her workshops.

Next month: Gill Clark

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