Cleaning out my studio. This task actually took place In August of this year when I moved to the 2nd largest bedroom from the smallest. My studio is always organized unless I am working on a project. Everything has its place. I must be a neat freak! The fabric is on it shelf, thread in its containers, paints, dyes, brushes, gloves in their cabinet, etc., scissors in the drawer, and the list goes on. I did notice that one basket (approx. 21x10) that I left for later. So, I guess later is now.
To begin this assignment with a fresh start, I decided to re-look at everything again. To my surprise, I found some items that I really didn’t need or want anymore. I made a decision to give these items away to a few quilt friends that I know would treasure them. Now it was on. As I looked around to make sure I covered everything, I notice my quilt tote. Did I go through that? No. I found four zippers in that tote. Lol. No zippers for me! Next, I revisited the last shelf on my fabric rack one more time and I found two projects that I decided to make as gifts for two friends of mine. I knew these projects were there but they were on my “to do list.” This time, I felt different. I just looked at the projects. I wanted them done. I had already purchased the fabric. I only needed to purchase the pillows. I guess I didn’t want to make any more pillows since I made practically all of the throw pillows in my house (without zippers). The more I thought about those pillows the madder I got. I moved the half done projects from the shelf to the table so that I can remember to purchase the pillows and make them. Oh well. I finished going through the basket I mentioned earlier and one small file case of papers for my business. Nothing else left in my studio do but to take inventory. I have never taken inventory of my studio but I am glad I did. Afterwards, I just stood there. Then it hit me. I went into the small bedroom where my computer, quilt magazines, books, and a filing cabinet for our personal records. The books and magazines were easy but not the filing cabinet. Cleaning out that cabinet was on my to do list also. So, I dove in and straightened out the filing cabinet and shredded lots of papers. Whew!
Moving forward in this assignment…I just realize I lack Content, I LACK CONTENT! I LACK CONTENT!
I sat in my studio looking at fabric on the design wall. Fabric that I have hand dyed or paint and commercial fabric that I purchase. Where do I start? I have ideas in my head but nothing is connecting.
What do I love? I gave myself time to think about it and I can’t shake that fact that I love Nature! I take pleasure and connect to Nature. I have numerous pictures of sun rises, oceans, rivers, leaves, mountains, trees, plants, clouds, gardens, etc. I love creation! I have never thought about what I love until this assignment because it’s just a part of me. On numerous occasions, I have stopped the car to take pictures of trees, mountains, clouds, etc. I have so many pictures of nature that I have had to delete some of them.
Why do I love about Nature? Connection to the Creator. I am fascinated with the formation, color, growth, movement, calmness and the intense side. I watch blue skies with white clouds that form so many different shapes and stare at the movement of the water in the ocean. I love crape myrtle trees and roses bushes, flowers and growing my own veggies.
I decided to use a piece of fabric where I had practice painting on. Yes, it was my first time playing with paint on fabric. (I have actually gotten better since the first piece). To make this piece better I choose to add some leaves. My original thought was to appliqué the leaves on the fabric but I wanted to do something different. So, I played with my silk screen for the first time. I have only had the screen for a year. I really enjoyed it. However, I could not get the piece dry. I figured I used to much ink. It’s still a little sticky to sew on it but it was good to be in studio again.