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