Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Studio Coming Together

I have been dreaming of a studio that had water and ventilation.  My current studio is in the office of our house.  It's a great studio, but there is no close access to water.  I have to travel 45 feet to the guest bathroom to use the sink.  The sink looks a wreck!  It's porcelain and I work with metal and glass.  Yuck!

So, I heard about this new shared studio space several months ago.  I took a look at it and another space in a friend's garage.  Neither one had close access to water.  So, I let it go.  But, you know how the universe works...  The first space I looked at had an opening in a room with a water hookup.  Yippie!

My new little space (and the emphasis is on little!) is about 10 1/2 feet wide by 12 feet deep.  I spent last week painting and my husband helped me build some counters on Sunday.  We have to go back tonight and bolt them down and put up the front facing board.  I'm also hoping there is enough material left over to build a desk.  We shall see.

Here's a peek at the work in progress...

Painting supplies.  In the middle of painting, there was a water leak.  We had a super heavy rain last week and the gutters were plugged.  Notice the sheet on the window sill?  Water was coming in the top of the window casing and running down the freshly painted wall.   It slowed things down a bit.  Once the gutters were cleaned out, I was back in business!
Left over cabinets from the former Coldwell Banker office in downtown Langley are in the corner.

The little "low boy" water heater makes things a bit challenging.  We have made a section of the counter top removeable in the event we have to replace the water heater.  I really hope that never happens!

This space will have a pull-out workstation - something like a computer keyboard tray.  It is also big enough to house two small rolling cabinets from Ikea that I have had in my home studio.  It's all about maximizing space!

Music lives in the funky cubby on the wall.  I wonder what that was for.  This space used to be a label factory and then a Montessori school.  Looking forward to decking it out more - once the counters are finished.

We will be having a big grand opening gala really soon.  I share the space with 7 other artists.  There is even classroom space, which was one of my other dreams for the perfect studio.  I can't wait to move everything in, get working and share this all with you!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whidbey Expressions Fund Raiser for Pacific Northwest Art School

This weekend was our intimate little fundraiser for the Pacific Northwest Art School.  The show started Friday.  This is a shot of my little Honda Fit filled almost to the brim with 5 tables, 2 chairs and 2 cabinets and a little jewelry.  I call it my clown car.

We had live entertainment...  A talented singer, Lisa Twoomey, played some fun and whimsical tunes Friday evening.  She was a gem!

This great couple just got married and was spending part of their honeymoon on Whidbey.


I spent a lot of time working on a new booth setup.  This one makes me really happy.  It's simple and classy, and it fits in my crazy little car!

It was great to interact with the public.  I have to say, I really do like participating in this type of show!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meteorite Series Addition

This pendant is set in sterling silver and hangs from a handmade chain of circular sterling links that hang from 4mm leather.  I handmade the end caps that link the chain to the leather.  It was a lot of fun seeing all the parts come together!

Here's a closeup of the enamel.  This was torch fired.  I wanted the control I would get with the torch to achieve the orange peel texture.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Art Fair Display Updated

I have really wanted to simplify and update my display for art fairs.  My husband built me a lovely display a couple of years ago, but it requires a truck to haul it around.  I wanted something that would fit in my Honda Fit.  Is that too much to ask?

Here's a pic of one of the new display tables all set up at home.  Sorry for the distracting bookcase in the background.  I built the earring and necklace stands and the acrylic stands as well.  We scored on the amazing handmade paper at the recycling center yesterday.  It was divine providence!

I finished the wire and wood stands today.  The acrylic and wood stands were made for the show I did in March.  The bases were kind of a funky color, so I painted them with a satin black paint, and I really like them now.  The acrylic came from the scrap bins at Tap Plastics.  I bought two drill bits that cut plastic and drilled the holes.  It was really simple.  The whole layout feels so much more sophisticated than my last booth.

Here is a shot of my old booth...

It was nice, but it didn't stand up well to the wind at the show I did on the Everett waterfront last year.  The panels are all hinged, and they started moving.  People were freaking out - including me!  I was all alone at that show.  If it weren't for two lovely good Samaritans that helped me dismantle everything, I don't know what I would have done!