Friday, June 6, 2014

The Art Barn

We had such a stimulating discussion yesterday morning that was the perfect ending to an amazing retreat - I can hardly wait to get home, get into the studio, touch my stash, and create. This is good.

Visiting The Art Barn was incredibly special. Not only was it wonderful to see Marcy and Katherine again, but we got to tour their studios, see where and how everything happens in The Art Barn, meet Beth and Roxy who work there, and - of course - buy fabric. I'll show you what I bought when I've finished shopping and am back home. My table mate - Collins - and I traveled together and met up with five more women from the workshop - it was like a retreat after the retreat.

Marcy has the most amazing studio. It's located on the second floor of her home with large windows looking at at the trees and fields. It's like being in a tree-house. I loved looking at how it's arranged and where and how her bits and pieces are stored. I've been wanting to make some changes to my studio for a while so I was looking for new possibilities.

I'm not sure if Katherine built her studio specifically or renovated an outbuilding. It has a large main area, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and two smaller rooms for specific activities. The setting is so peaceful that I - naturally - immediately wanted to move to the country although I'm not really a country girl anymore... if I ever was... briefly.

Early Thursday morning, I set up my challenge piece on the mannequin by Gwen's work space so she'd see it when she arrived at the classroom. It received rave reviews. You can't see the details in these images but you can at least see...

... the finished project  - which should have been tugged down to avoid the staggered front - and go back to the previous postings to see the up-close details. I'm pleased with how it worked out and how it fits. I just need to fine-tune the back facing a bit when I get home.

This morning, I'm having a breakfast visit with one of the women from the workshop who lives in Ashland and then I'll travel to Portland to meet my friend for a weekend of shopping and sightseeing. I'm sad to be leaving but - as I said - eager to get back to the studio and to new directions in my work. That to me is the perfect wrap-up to a workshop - energy, a lit fire, anticipation. YES YES

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - visiting The Art Barn


  1. I am soooooooo jealous that you got to to to the Art Barn! AND to tour Marcy and Katharine's studios...pea green with envy over here! So glad that you had a wonderful time at the retreat!!!

  2. Love the jacket - you look great!

  3. oh, the jacket! It is wonderful... and your short hair is extremely flattering... you look like a kid! Happy Birthday a tad late!

  4. I've so enjoyed reading all your posts about the retreat. I, too, am green with envy and have resolved to save up so I can attend next year. Your jacket looks great and I'm anxious to see what you create in the next few weeks. Thank you for your inspirational blog!


  5. The energy of the retreat shows in your face - you look radiant! The jacket looks fantastic and that short haircut is fabulous. So glad the retreat has lived up to its anticipation.

  6. Now I'm even more jealous, as a visit to the Art Barn is on my bucket list. Your photos of Marcy and Katherine show them so relaxed and at home in their studios - great pics.
    I'm glad the retreat turned out to be so wonderful for you. I'm eager to see how it translates into what you make in the coming weeks and months.
    Your jacket is very nice. A great way of saving the fabric from your former endeavor. I like how you pieced the center panels but used the whole cloth for the remainder of the body and the sleeves. It looks great on you!

  7. I'm here to say that I've seen that jacket in person and it really is quite lovely. The pictures don't do it justice, as the fabric is subtle and Myrna's handling of it is nuanced and quietly elegant.

    Okay Myrna, don't buy up all those buttons! ;)

  8. A link on scrap-busting you might find interesting:

  9. Belated Happy Birthday! I love the jacket, and had you not said anything, I would have assumed the offset was on purpose. The fabric is lovely, but now that I see what you did, it would have made a nice but somewhat boring "normal" jacket :-)

    The sewing room organizing is a never-ending process. Even if things don't get out of hand, it seems there's always a neat idea that I should try in mine. I need to do some *serious* thinking on mine, now that Mom's Necchi has joined the herd, and I got the 201 unstuck. Sometimes I think sewing is not really my hobby, organizing the room and acquiring stash is...

  10. I'm glad that you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing what you create. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  11. I'm glad that you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing your design processes and the end results. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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