Thursday, 23 December 2010

The domino effect

I think I've bitten off more than I can chew. I decided on Sunday that as I'll be working in my studio full time now it needed re-arranging to make it more efficient. Well I'm still going, I needed to move one of my steel plan cabinets to get to my very long work table, this required me to move a smaller table out of my studio altogether while the move was on. I moved boxes, books, fabrics, papers and tools out into my workroom where I hold my workshops. Things were thrown out, that was very painful, others went into a give away pile. Now you'd think after all of that I'd have a very tidy, neat studio. It's now Thursday night and I've just found the top of my work bench, all of the furniture is in it's new position. I'm not sure what went wrong but I still have a pile of stuff left in my work room that now won't fit back into my studio, even after I've thrown all the other things out. It looks like I'll have to do another cull before I can hold my next workshop.

This is the new home of my fibres and sari silks. I have strung them from an old metal film reel that my lovely son-in-law found for me.

The ribbon reels are now housed on an old skirt, pants, tie rack, not sure what it is. I've had it for years and new it would come in handy for something one day.

Tonight was the first time I've done any art all week. I made some 'leather look' paper above and did some more gelatine printing below. I'll be putting together some paper and fabric kits in the new year to add to my etsy store. These can be made into small journals or used for collage and card making.

I'm going to over print this one as it's a little stark.

I'd like to thank you all so much for your lovely, encouraging words re my new career. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time now. I'm really looking forward to going to my studio each day rather than all of the travelling I've been doing over the past twenty years.

I'd like to wish you all seasons greetings and I hope you all have a very creative and happy 2011.


lisa_crofts said...

Good luck in your new venture Ro and merry Christmas to you and your family.

Doreen G said...

Well I thought that I was the only fool who was trying to sort out her studio on Christmas week but alas I have a friend.
I can now see the floor which is a miracle--haven't seen it since last Christmas.
Ro I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and that your new venture will be all that you wish for.


Hi Ro

You always seem to produce so much beautiful work whilst being busy with so many other things. Hope you get your studio just how you want it! I'm doing the same thing at the moment ... it will be worth it in the end

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thank you for all your lovely thoughtful comments and I always enjoy my visits to your blog :o)


Heather said...

It's bad enough emptying a drawer or cupboard, never mind a whole room. Stuff seems to multiply while you aren't looking, even after you have thrown some away. I love your prints and the colours of your paper and the storage ideas for fibres/yarns and ribbons are great. Happy Christmas.

artymess said...

Good Luck and good on you for going for it ..genius way of keeping skeins of wool ....have a happy holiday ........x

Lynn said...

Always fun to see the lovelies you produce in your studio.
Happy holidays!!! Enjoy your new excitement and changes.

kim said...

Like many of your regular readers, I wish you best of luck in the career move, but especially in the studio sort-out. I enjoy your colorful blog so much. Although our styles are different, you are such an inspiration! Thank you, and Happy New Year.

Jacky said...

Merry Christmas to you too Ro...may it be filled with the joy and wonder of the season.

Looove the looks of all of your sari silks and yarns hanging from the film reel. What a lovely son in law you have

I am sure 2011 will be a wonderful year for you!

Love to you and Steve.

Jacky xox

Elizabeth said...

I have been in the middle of trying to find my work tables for a couple of months now!! I desperatly need something to store all of my large sheets of fabric paper and painted papers in and more shelves and less stuff!! Your FILM REEL hangar is brilliant!!!!!!happy new year to you to dear Ro!!! ti si going to be a wonderful year!!!!!!

Julia said...

Oh what fun, and hard work , but I bet you had a smile on your face the whole how it looks already, more pics please...when its fully up and running.
I know how you would have felt about throwing things awful for you, ...xx..julia

Julie said...

Have a very Happy Christmas Ro and I look forward to following your exciting new journey in the New Year. Thank you for the interest you have shown in my blog and your words of encouragement. I really appreciate it.

downunderdale said...

Merry Christmas Ro - the sari ribbon looks wonderful - I have bonded the hank to a backing and hopefully will get to the next stage today when I have been shopping.

Look forward to seeing what wonderful things you get up to next

Lost Aussie said...

Fabulous career change Ro! All the best for a wonderful Christmas and a great 2011.

suziqu's thread works said...

Rearranging the creative work space is almost daunting and a bit scarey knowing what it involved - looks like you have done a great job - love all those sari ribbons hanging there ready! Have a very Joyous Christmas and may all of your beautiful creations continue to spill over into the New Year!
x Suzy

Kim Henkel said...

Congratulations on becoming a full time artist! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work - it makes me want to create!

Sophie Munns said...

Hope you are enjoying the festive season Ro... may 2011 be all you hope for and more!
abundant blessings,

Gaby Bee said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours; may the New Year keep you safe, healthy, and creating more art so I can continually be inspired.

Gaby xo

Emma said...

Oh, yes, mine needs another overhaul already, hope you had a lovely Christmas day!

KatrinaRecycled said...

Hi Ro
Found your blog via Sophie Munn's and am really looking forward to following you on your artistic adventure in 2011.
Very inspiring and what an exciting leap, becoming a full time artist.
kind regards

Dot said...

Sounds like you have been very busy Ro! You are very organised. The sari silks look great hung from the old film reel. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Lots of love. Dot xx