Thursday, July 4

Free


After a week of sorting, tossing, sharing and reorganizing, things are looking pretty good in my studio.


I have been through every cabinet, every drawer and every box in my studio.


I have thoughtfully reorganized the things I decided to keep and have sent the stuff I didn't out into the world to other artists, non-profits, church groups and Girl Scouts. It makes me happy to think that those things will no longer sit idle in my studio, but instead be fodder for someone else.


I also feel like I've given myself a gift. 


A gift of space and organization -- free from chaos.


I have a station for soldering, one for sewing and one for drawing and painting, binding or simply staging.


There is even open space for setting up tables in case I decide to teach here -- an idea that is forming in the open space of my mind now that the clutter has been cleared.


But, in the meantime, I'm sitting quietly with more discovered goodies, stitching prefelt with bits of lace and silk and roving . . .


Using methods I learned from India Flint a couple of years ago when she came to teach her Landskin workshop. 


Calling on my reserve of elbow grease, I fused the layers together. They are currently boiling away in the dye pot. I will let you know how it all turns out.


Happy Independence Day!

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful Leslie, serene and calm. Enjoy the 4th. xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrine! It is serene and calm, and too clean to use! Hope you enjoyed the 4th. I did!

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  2. OK! I have to admit that it looks a lot better and cleaner than before. I am ready for a class...in anything that you will be teaching in this wonderful space.
    Happy 4th...on my way to the shore. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Mo'a! I'll have to think up something! Hope you are enjoying the shore! xo

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  3. inspiring ... i have the next 3 days open . i am going to finish the job. i would love to do a class there .

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! It was a big job, but I'm so happy that it's finished. Actually, it's not finished, but the next stage can wait. I want to tear up the carpet and I want to replace that tree/stick thing with something else. Good luck with your clean up!

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  4. These photos seem right out of an issue of Where Women Create! I am lagging a bit behind you.....inspired nonetheless......and has it been TWO YEARS since India gave that workshop???!!! yikes, how time flies!

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    1. Thanks, M.
      I know. It will be two years in September. How time flies for sure!
      It was a monumental task going through everything, but I'm so glad that I did!

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  5. It looks great. I'd love to poke around inspecting all of your treasures!

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  6. Leslie, this work space is beautiful!! I have to congratulate you for organizing it. I have so much stuff to go through and it is so difficult every time I start again. Too much! Your studio results are inspiring to me.

    Teaching there? a GREAT idea!

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  7. Thanks, Chris! It is tough to keep going through it all. Actually, you see that book press on the side board? It was a big part of why I cleaned as deep as I did. I wanted to find a space for it, AND I wanted to get back in there to work! AND clear space for long tables to teach in there.

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    1. Your book press did not go un noticed by ME! I passed one up here last summer because I could not imagine lugging that around with me too. I still long for it. I'm SO glad to know you have one and now keep it perched in the center of your shrine. ox

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    2. A traded it with a good friend for a book. Great trade, huh?

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  8. oh my, your studio looks great... and what a perfect place to teach... love your old book press... just fabulous!

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