While sitting the ‘Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters’ exhibition in Sidney’s Tulista Gallery, I worked away in a basic studio set up. I was at the gallery everyday so it was an opportunity to see if I would like having a studio away from home.
After a couple of days of dyeing, I washed and blocked ‘log cabin’ style knit pieces depicting the colours of different crops grown on the prairies.
The main reason for setting up a mini studio in the gallery was to show people how fibre artists work: the materials, the techniques, the processes.
There was a sign put up each day, outside the gallery, saying ‘Artist Demonstrations’. It was effective in bringing people into the gallery.
Peas, right to left: Spring growth, in flower, pods forming.
Knowing I had to be at the gallery by certain time each day made me leave the house. I don’t think I would give it the same priority if I was going to my own ‘away from home’ studio to work. I would find many excuses and reasons to delay going or to not go that day. This revelation comes as a bit of a shock to me. Does it mean making art is not top priority in my life? Or do I lack self discipline? Or do I avoid hard work?
I started machine sewing on the now dry knit farm blocks using my portable teaching sewing machine.
The Janome open-toe, free motion foot kept getting caught in the knit loops. I will continue this step at home using my Bernina with its large, circular free motion foot.
It was an interesting experiment to work away from home for 2 weeks. It has made me think about how I use the hours in each day.