Late Monday night/early Tuesday Morning, I boarded a plane headed to Charlotte, North Carolina and the McColl Center of Art + Innovation where I will be an artist in residence for the next two months. Here’s the proof. This is the door to my studio.
And this is what it says on the wall.
It’s a official. I’m here.
In between meetings, orientation, artist studio visits, social gatherings of the informal and formal sort, I’ve been cobbling together my studio. When I arrived the space was really a blank canvas.
The art supplies and quilts I had shipped were just waiting in the corner to be unpacked and organized.
So I got to it. It took me a while to figure out the best configuration to maximize the outlets in the space. The white walls do not have outlets. The brick wall does.
At first I had my cutting station next to the sink.
I really didn’t like it, but felt that I needed to use all of the other tables for fabric organization.
My ironing station is great.
Notice the large box of fabric waiting to be ironed. When people come to visit, I can iron.
Last night, I figured out an improved cutting station. I needed to turn the large table and make room for my cutting mat on the end.
It is perfect now as I can cut from three out of the four sides of the table This is great for cutting large things.
I have two sewing machines set up.
One belongs to the McColl Center and is an industrial straight stitch machine. I am hoping to teach others to sew while I am here, so having two sewing spaces is really nice. The other machine is mine. A beautiful Bernina 930. These really do have to be the best machines ever made.
On the other half of my L-shaped sewing table, I have space for journal writing, design work, cutting out fabric, or welcoming guests to sit and talk while I sew.
I have a large shelving unit for fabric and supply storage.
Local quilt artist and former McColl resident Nancy Cook donated several boxes of beautiful fabric to the Center. I will be using some of the fabric to make a community quilt. Other artists will be using the textiles for different non-quilt related projects. Thank you Nancy for your generous gift!
The second shelf is my office shelve. If I find whole punch my life will be complete.
For the most part, I am going to be working with solids while I am here. Trying to select the right prints to bring from home was too big of a project to get my head around. A more limited palette frees me up to think about other things. This photo is with the large table filled with fabric and against the wall.
I’m using the flat storage unit to house sewing supplies.
I built a very crude divider system out of a cardboard box. It works though.
Who has a studio with cathedral windows? I do.
Soon, all these bare walls will be filled with finished quilts and design walls. I can’t wait to fill those walls with color!
See, I’m already busy at work.
I’m ready. This is going to be an incredible experience.
Thank you Rasmuson Foundation for this amazing opportunity.