Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sorting out the mess

And six months later…

While I haven’t been in the studio, I have been busy. It is hard to believe that our little girl is almost six months old. What an amazing journey. But now that things are starting to settle down and we are finding our routine, I am hoping to get back to a daily practice of making art.

Where did this mess come from?

Every now and then my studio becomes a dumping ground for the rest of the house. I can try and blame my family for that, but really it’s my own fault. It’s the curse of having a home studio. Sometimes it is just easier to hide things away behind the closed door rather than deal with them. Out of sight, out of mind. But since I was literally on the last stitch of my Quilt National submission when Maya was born, things have gotten out of control in the studio. Six months of clutter. Plus, I never cleaned up my studio back in September. That’s not how I like to leave things. I may be messy during a project, but afterward, I like to put everything back in its place. So, while I have not had time to create in the studio over the last six months, I decided that a good swift cleaning was in order before I start on anything new. First things first, getting control of my fabric.

Like most textile artists, I have an abundance of fabric. And while I typically purchase fabrics with a particular piece in mind, sometimes those fabrics don’t work out exactly the way I planned. So they stack up. And stack up. For a while I used a series of hanging organizers in my closet to hold them all. When I outgrew those, the fabric piled up in baskets. It really became too much. So I have emptied out the drawers in my studio armoire and started folding the fabric on boards.

It was a huge effort, but most of the fabric is now neatly tucked away in the drawers. Slowly the studio is coming back to life. Of course, that just takes care of the larger yardage. For those who have seen my work in person, you know that I often use pieces smaller than a pencil eraser. So, there is more organizing on the horizon. Look out scraps. I have my eye on you.

This week I am grateful for:

1. baby giggles
2. sunshine
3. iced tea
4. having a studio space

5. nap time


Marianne said...
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Marianne said...

Not very nice comment deletion. It was not spam, it also uses fabrics in Switzerland but we speak French and I use a translator for English. Delete the comments section if you do not want

Lisa Kijak said...

I'm so sorry, Marianne. I get so many spam comments and I was working quickly. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my post. My apologies again!

Alice said...

Greetings, Lisa! I am the mother of Katherine Baird Darmer, and Abby and I have recently become Friends on Facebook. She saw some of my recent work on FB and told me about YOU! I'd love for you to visit my blogs, two of which focus on my art quilts: one of them is http://thematerialmavens.blogspot.com/. This is a group blog, set up much like the original 12 x 12 group which published the book by the same name and inspired me to start our group! Tomorrow is our Reveal Day, and our quilts on the theme of Communications will be posted. My other art quilt blog is http://artquilteraspirant.blogspot.com/
This is a personal blog on which I discuss my various art quilts. I still have a foot or a toe (!!!) into traditional quilting, and those quilts are discussed on my blog http://aliceslookingglassblog.blogspot.com. Visit any one of them, but in particular, the MM one tomorrow or Saturday, to see our latest quilts!

Alice said...

Thanks for visiting my group blog, Lisa! It was exciting to me to see your comment, since that told me that you knew that I had commented on yours! Come back any time!

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