It’s nearly six years since I last presented my first virtual tour of my studio. Although things have not changed dramatically, I welcome this opportunity to participate in the SAQA Oceania Studio Blog Hop and refresh the tour. And I am pleased to be part of Where I Sew Month with Pink Chalk Studio too. It’s always nice to have visitors!
I live and create at Copacabana on the Central Coast of New South Wales, about 100km/60 miles north of Sydney, Australia. When my husband (aka the Laundry King) and I decided to make Casa da Praia our full time (and only) residence, we built an extension to include a dedicated studio for me and a workshop for him. Here is an exterior view:
Although the studio is attached to the house, it has a separate entrance. The Laundry King was under the misapprehension (delusion?) that this separation would quarantine pins and threads to the studio but somehow the accoutrements of quiltmaking still migrate into the main house on a regular basis.
The Laundry King made me this beautiful sign to guide studio visitors to the right location:
I call this the stairway to heaven:
In this corner of the studio, I have some custom book cases (also built by my husband); radio (great to listening to public radio and the cricket!), CD player and TV. The TV doesn’t get used much – the remote still has its original batteries from 2004! The pontillist artwork is by my youngest sister (18+ years my junior) from when she was about six. I don’t have much other art hanging in my studio as the strong morning and afternoon sun causes fading.
Besides, I have plenty to see out this panoramic window – the middle section is about 3 metres wide. Whale watching season is nearly upon us and I have the binoculars ready:
Continuing clockwise around the room, this is my main design wall. I use a 6×6 foot Blockbutler on which you can affix loose blocks without pinning (heavier quilt tops require pins). I have qualified praise for this product. When the Blockbutler works, it is great. However attempts to hang a smaller one above the work bench on another studio wall were unsuccessful. (Your mileage may vary.)
My counter and cutting board are at a perfect height for me. Indeed, I often stand while working on my computer too. The screen in the corner is all that is left of my desktop computer that was zapped in an electrical storm. I still keep it for auditioning website designs that I work on for clients.
And this brings you back to the corner at the top of the stairs:
With a little domestic negotiation, I can usually borrow the wet area in the Laundry King’s workshop for dyeing and painting:
I am also fortunate that, as a recent unexpected Christmas present, the Laundry King built me a storage area under the house for my quilts, files, batting, fabrics and other overflow such a boxes and packaging for the 30 textile works in the Beneath the Southern Sky travelling exhibition that I am curating. (Incidentally, US readers may be interested to know that this will be a special exhibit at the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah in March and April 2013.) The storage space is tricky to photograph but this gives you an idea:
Thank you for joining my on this updated tour of the Serendipity Studio. (The prospect of public disclosure was also a strong incentive undertake some decluttering which was well overdue!) Alison Laurence is next up on 25 May over on Ali George’s blog. Here is a full list of the blog hop participants:
- Mel Forrest (1st May)
- Sue Dennis (3rd May)
- Lisa Walton (5th May)
- Linda Robertus (7th May)
- Dale Rollerson (9th May)
- Averil Stuart-Head (11th May)
- Beth Miller (13th May)
- Sally Westcott (15th May)
- Ali George (17th May)
- Pam Holland (19th May)
- Felicity Clarke (21st May)
- Brenda Gael Smith (23rd May)
- Alison Laurence (25th May)
- Jenny Bowker (27th May)
- Sue Domeney (29th May)