Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Studio Tour

My computer is - unfortunately - having major issues. The hard drive seems to be eating itself. Files that were there the day before disappear in the night. Howard is working on it but he doesn't have a lot of time or energy right now so it's a slow process. Hopefully all will be better next week. Until then, a couple of videos. These - and the test one from Monday - were first posted to YouTube so they should show up in all sorts of formats. If you missed Monday's video, it's "corrected" now. Please let me know if there are any problems.






The studio tour videos were taken at the end of July when I cleaned. The project on the work table at that time is no longer the current project. I was fiddling with making chains from a silky fabric for necklaces. They turned out okay but only. You'll see that Millicent is still wearing the dress in the video. She's still wearing it now. No progress has been made. The knitting project...





... was knit to the halfway point of the yarn which was not the halfway point of the project so I ripped it out and started over in a smaller size only to repeat the problem. Yesterday, I found another ball, different dye lot, of the yarn on Ebay. When it arrives, I'll see if the color is close enough to continue on with. Right now I'm knitting a long, wide to narrow, throw over the shoulder, shawl from some recycled yarn. If all goes well with the computer repairs, I should be able to post regularly again next week and I'll show it to you then.

Thanks to Peter for helping me with posting a video.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - more learning on how to post a video

I think we have to admit that we do not own our art. It owns us. I think the sooner we admit that and try to relinquish control, the better off we are. For some reason, God has chosen some of us to write (or sew in my case) and we have little to do with it. I believe all people are creative, and that I have have been given this form as my own. I have to try to set my ego aside and stop letting it vote on everything I do. The ego's votes are so often incorrect. If only I could remember that. 
- Julia Cameron

20 comments:

  1. Great tour Myrna, thanks for sharing. I can only aspire to your organisational skills! Lyn

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    1. LOL - I'm glad you appreciate my organizational skills. When I was teaching Studio Makeover, one thing I really stressed was that each person has their optimal level of clutter/organization and how important it is to know your own and to know the signs of shifting too far from that balance. What I love about cleaning my studio is how it opens flow and new potential.

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  2. Oh, Myrna! You are so organized! I like the idea of boxes on their sides to corral like fabrics on long shelves! And baskets...you have so many! Even inside the drawers...nice! Those purple doors are fun, too...
    Thanks for sharing! Oh, and your voice...not surprising (I think I saw you once on an episode of Simply Quilts?)...a pleasant friendly voice!

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    1. The boxes on their sides work great and they are so easy to come by at Staples or any office supply store. I like the consistency of size as well. I'm glad you could use the idea. The baskets inside the drawers were such a lucky find - that six fit perfectly. I was thrilled when I found those. LOL - nice to know that my voice is pleasant and not surprising. I had a lot of fun making that episode of SQ.

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  3. how fun! i love to see videos and other peoples' studios, too. So nicely organized and laid out, with just enough room to 'breathe' without everything being crammed together. And the colors are so cheerful with all that nice light!

    a few years back i posted a couple of pictures of my workspace, scroll down in this post:
    http://dashingeccentric.blogspot.com/2010/10/you-feel-just-like-ice-cream-cone.html

    the dining room table is now at a ninety-degree angle to where it was, and i have a couple of pretty cardboard storage boxed in which to store tools and current projects, but otherwise it's the same setup. Sometimes i feel like i wouldn't know what to do with myself if i had a gorgeous studio space to myself - but honestly, i think i'd be able to adjust ;)

    Happy Day! steph

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    1. LOVE the light in my studio. I find that so critical. If we didn't live in a strata with rules against it, I'd make that window lower so I could sit in front of it and see out easily. I'll look up the pictures of your studio. It's always fun to see where others play. More important than anything is having a space set up but I yes, you'd be able to adjust if you had a studio. They are quite delightful. I've always had one - varying in size but always present - for which I'm very glad.

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  4. Myrna: Loved the videos & your studio but I have a burning question. You referred to yourself as a former fiber artist. Why former? To me, you have the soul of an artist. You should definitely own that!

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    1. LOL - I do call myself an artist. In fact, artist is what's on my business card. What I meant by the reference to former is that I'm no longer making textile wall art. That piece was one of the last ones I made and I haven't done any in the past four and a half years. And that's okay. There's no yearning to return so far. But I'm always an artist in some form. Now when people ask what kind of art I do, I say creative fashion which covers both sewing and knitting and works well for me.

      What a lovely compliment to say I have the soul of an artist. Thank you.

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  5. Beautiful studio , Myrna! I have a tiny studio space in the world's smallest den, nonetheless a studio of my own..... I still have to use guest bedroom for cutting. I dream for a beautiful studio like yours. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. Someplace to leave the machine up is the most important part I think. Not having that makes it so much more difficult to sew in little spurts and it's amazing what a little bit at a time can accomplish.

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  6. Holy moly - this is SO pimped out! M - I love this! You never have to shop again. I also appreciate how beautifully organized everything is. I can see why you are really grateful to have this space :-)

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    1. LOL - pimped out. VERY funny. I do have to shop. I know it doesn't look like it but inevitably you don't have that one thing you need. BUT... I certainly do have a lot to work with. And this is good.

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  7. Thank you for showing us the studio - I LOVE the light. And the uncluttered walls. That's 2 things that bother me about mine - one small window, and shelves (filled of course) on 2 walls. Of course having 2 extra sewing machine cabinets doesn't help :-) I also really like using boxes on sides as shelf dividers for fabric. I wish I'd seen that before putting mine on foam core boards.

    Now to see if I can get this google account set up so I can comment from work...or at least something productive besides cruising blogs & forums on a vacation day.

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    1. Sounds like you're the kind of person who likes closed storage. Me too. I like things in drawers, behind doors, or contained in baskets if possible. I even prefer bookshelves with glass doors - like barrister bookshelves - only the ones I had previously didn't fit in this studio. I've found some more at Ikea that I like... oh... for a thousand or so. Maybe not now. Good luck with Google.

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  8. Beautiful studio - and I love that you have space to put things away - to unclutter when you are finished working on something. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. You're welcome for the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I can't work with too visual much clutter. It sits on my nerves and agitates me. If I need to put something aside for awhile, it gets a box.

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  9. Thank you so much for posting your studio tour, it was very inspiring! I loved seeing where your beautiful creations are born! I am impressed with how organised your space is, and how full of light, and the fun colors really reflect your personality.

    As I am in the middle of major decluttering, I have bookmarked your videos to help motivate me, and also sent them as a link to my friend Kate who is helping me

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    1. You're welcome. It was fun to make the video. When I taught Studio Makeover, I was always quite emphatic about not making due, that your studio should reflect your personality and needs. I've had these pieces for a long time and I'm working toward an overhaul of some of the pieces and painting others. It's always fun to personalize. Good luck with your space.

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