Packing up an art studio is hard! Who would have thought that a “few” jars of buttons and beads would be so time consuming?
When I first began writing this blog about my beaded art quilts and the other forms of art that I indulge in, I had quite a full room. As you can see in the photo on the left that the plastic shelves were bent from the weight of the treasures that I had from which to choose for embellishments. A lot was hidden, behind other jars and assorted containers, and many were balancing at a precarious angle.To get to some of those back ones, I would have to take down maybe 5 or 6 jars to get to the one that I wanted. I so wanted a neater studio!
Well be careful what you wish for. A few weeks back on my Facebook page, I posted a photo of all of those materials in boxes. Here’s what the left hand corner of the above picture looks like now after the stagers got through with it for the move. In all of those bins are my business materials. I just looked around the room, and the only sewing supplies are my sewing machine on the desk where I’m writing this blog, and a pin cushion.In the closet is a collage that I want to work on for a Christmas present, and that’s it regarding sewing. The Ansel Adams print on the wall was put there by the stagers. They kept asking me if I didn’t have more of my work to display. However, I had been told to make the place as bare as possible, so most of my art quilts are in a storage unit with most of my clothes and furniture. It sounds kind of hollow in this room.
In the same blog where I wrote about my studio, I showed the chair where I actually do the sewing. I still have that same chair where I sit and watch TV where I add on the beads one by one. However, what you can’t see in this photo is that at my feet were many big jars of beads. The small wicker trash can in the lower left hand corner was sitting on a large plastic tub filled with other jars of beads that I needed at at the time. Sometimes, I had to climb up and over the fort that I had built, just to get out of the chair. Well, that’s not a problem any more!
This last photo shows my chair after the stagers emptied out the room,and I donated a lot of the furniture to a charity. A lot of the tools that I need are in the sunflower box to the left of the chair. In that box are also the little containers for the beads that I’m using at the time. Everything has to be ready to be put away within an hour’s time, as I can’t be in the house while the potential buyers are there with their realtor. Before I sent my buttons, beads, and fabric away for storage, I cut out three art quilts, and put the buttons and the big beads on them. I figured that that many would last me a year. I then selected the seed beads that were needed for each quilt, and they’re in a closet behind and to the right of the chair, along with a rack of quilting thread. The house has only officially been on the market for two weeks now, but it already seems like a long time.
The house that I’ve picked out (after selling this place) would have a room about the same size as where I’ve worked for 30 years.I’ve been using a small bedroom that was dedicated from day 1 to making my art work. The new one will be a little more interesting, in that it has more angles than just a rectangle. Unpacking all of those jars, fabric, and frou-frou will take quite a bit of time. Should be ,,, interesting!
Have you ever moved a studio? Got any tips for me to make it easier?
Why not leave a comment as to your thoughts on this posting. Please take a minute, fill out the form below or by clicking on the “comments/no comments link” at the top of the posting, and then share your ideas with the rest of us. We all grow when we share our thoughts and impressions, so why not join our growing community of those who appreciate art quilts and textile arts. We’d love to hear from you!… and PLEASE tell like minded souls about this blog! The more readers and contributors, the more I write because encouragement helps the words flow!
You can see more of my art work on my web site at www.fiberfantasies.com (be patient as it loads; it’s worth it), my spiritual healing work at www.transitionportals.com and can find me on Google + , Facebook (for Transition Portals) Facebook (for Fiber Fantasies), and Twitter.
To find out how to buy my art work, please check out “How to Buy my Art Work” in the “Pages” section to the right of this blog.