Goodness me, what a day for the Internet to go out (or go slow) I did manage to get the video up in a previous post… but I will change the blog when Keith can get onto the server (Bless you Telstra)
I have two studios.
My 'Shed' which is indeed a shed. It's 30 ft X 20 ft and was built about 30 years ago as a base for my Fashion Design business and stands in the garden separate from our house.
Previous to that my business partner and I had a shop and we ran the designing side of the business from there.
I designed 100 garments each season and the factory was elsewhere, but running a shop, family and the design business at the same time was difficult so we built the shed at home and worked from there. It was so nice being home most of the time.
At times the shed looked like a sweat shop when we had samples and patterns etc in there.
Our husbands lined and insulated the shed. To be honest it's not too flash, they don't have a degree in renovation !!!! sometimes the bugs do get in and it gets a little dusty.
So the library and drawing desk are in the 'Summer House' which is my more formal studio.
Its a place where I can isolate myself in the garden and lay on the settee and read. Well something like that.
The 'shed' is part of me. I almost live there. I go out at 4.00 am and retire around 8.30… but if you think of visiting when I'm not there… we have a darn good burglar alarm system.
I have everything I love in my shed.
The center piece is a 15 foot table. Actually it's 3 draftsman's tables set together. I bought them for $10 each in an auction, but they would be around $400 each normal price. You can raise or lower them to the desired height.
One corner is cut out ofeach of the 3 tables so I put the two cut out pieces together in the centre which allows me to sit 'in' the table and my machine then has table on 3 sides… great for quilting.
I have another large table which used to be our old dining room table until we grew out of it.
My other pride and joy is a 6 ft X 4 ft light box. It's a table top from Ikea. It has a glass top with lights underneath and it works a treat when I'm working on the long pieces of the Bayeux.
Right now the entire shed is set up for the construction of the Bayeux. Files, lightbox, fabric storage etc.
This is my office, my soul place, my recreation and my work… and I have been known to fall asleep in the chair at times.
When the kids were young, it was a place where they could hang out with me, or at times we had long personal chats.
I taught classes there many years ago and I had a visiting group visit monthly for almost 10 years, but no more.
I have an occasional visit but it's a more personal environment nowdays.