Welcome to my studio.
I live in Sydney Australia where we have lots of sunshine and warm weather. It doesn't snow here so we can work outside all year round.
My studio is where I spend most of my creative time as it contains most of my toys and stuff and I just love being in it. It has a great feeling just being in there.
My studio was originally two bedrooms but when my kids left home we decided to knock down the wall between them and turn it into a studio for me. It is about 7m x 3.5m. How lucky am I?
It has two skylights, two windows and track lighting with 12 spotlights. It also has 24 power outlets. Too many I know but we put two double outlets in 6 different places in the room. Unfortunately not many are where they actually need to be so there are still cables running all over the place.
I also fill all the orders for Dyed and Gone to Heaven here so this corner is dedicated to admin stuff.
The two fireplaces have been converted into tables. They do fold down flush to the wall but it never happens.
The other fold down table is my ironing board which is a piece of mdf covered in towels/wadding/cotton top. Sometimes it doubles as a printing table but I usually do that ourside.
Underneath are 3 sets of wire baskets which are full of different types of fabrics like silks/satins/yarns/wool rovings/printed fabrics.
These built in shelves were custom built and were designed for those under the bed type tubs but i just fill them with other stuff. TV with cable is an added bonus.
I have a design wall running the length of one wall (about 6m) which is made of caneite (1/2" thick board made from recycled sugar cane waste I think) with a length of wide flannel pinned over the whole area. Extra height was created by cutting up and extra board and they are all screwed to the wall. It also doubles as a pin board for inspiration as well as works in progress.
My Bernina 820 is a wonderful machine and is set into an Sew Ezy table and then butted up to an Ikea reject office table. Ikea is also responsible for all the sets of drawers (Alex) and bookshelves (billy).
I also have a Handiquilter Sweet 16 which I love as it allows me to quilt any size quilt with ease. I move it around where I need to use it with the side flaps open but when I am not quilting it is tucked into a corner.
I have obscene amount of threads and beads and lots of drawers holding other art supplies.
I do writing and painting etc at this desk but get distracted easily by looking out the window so had to change my original machine position from here.
Most of my stash is just 'borrowed' from the 'sweatshop' next door (used to be the kids living room) where Peter does most of the cutting and packing of all our handyes. I usually just ask him to dye fabric specifically for projects and it just magically appears.
I do most of my wet type work in the garden and have a great table (made of industrial hoarding which is waterproof and doesn't buckle) and we both spend a lot of time here creating fabrics.
I know I am very fortunate to be able to follow my passion and have dedicated creative spaces.