Open Studio Weekend has become a lot more complicated with the addition of Anna to our family. While I might have been able to put off my preparations until the last minute before, I don’t have that luxury now. I have to grab every free minute I can in between hanging with the nut baby and running errands.
Here’s what my studio looked like at 12:10 p.m. on Friday:
Not too bad, right? Well, then this:
Hey, you! It looks like you barely did anything in the last NINE HOURS. Oh yeah, Anna. Okay, it’s still not too late. Just keep moving and you’ll be fine.
I am so screwed.
It’s pretty much a given that no matter how much I accomplish earlier in the week, I’ll still get little sleep the night before Open Studio. It’s all worth it though – I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling after putting out my yellow sign at the end of the driveway.
Let me give you a tour! When you walked in my front door, you would have seen this immediately on your left:
Then walking towards the studio, this bookshelf would be right in front of you. It’s a bit of a lighting dead zone, but the clip lights help (sorry the pics are so blechy).
After entering the door you see in the image below…
…you’re in the studio!
It doesn’t look like that 1:49 a.m. shot from Friday night, does it? Clean floors! Nothing to trip on! Books, books, books!
On the left wall is another bookshelf, this one filled with my artist’s books – some are one-of-a-kind and some are editions.
Right next to the bookshelf is a desk with bookbinding supplies and small books. That metal triangle display thingie (to the left of the Kelsey) is an ornament tree. I started making ornaments last year that include three small leather long-stitch books, strung on wires with beads and they come in a bunch of colors. I plan to have them for sale on Etsy soon.
Across-ish from the desk is my stack of flat files, topped with a selection of photo albums, accordion books, and collaged cards. And behind those is the ever-watchful, inflatable Jerry French (get your own here).
Thus ends the studio tour. I’m fairly certain that my studio is smaller than most others on the circuit.
It feels awesome to have a clean studio when folks visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last for long once the event is over. I’m very talented at both throwing things on and piling things on the floor. But before the mess commences, I get to break it all down.
Thanks so much to all of the wonderful folks who visited me during the weekend – it meant a lot to me to be able to talk about the book arts and share my work with you.
If you couldn’t visit me during the event, just contact me and we can set up a private tour (please, oh please, let me clean first).
The next Open Studio Weekend will be October 13 -14, 2018, so save the date!