November 27, 2009

Beyond Saturation Point

Here it is, my new studio, with many more things than I have space for. I'm moving back in and weeding out unwanted/unfinished items.

I've limited storage to a reach-in closet, three Ikea kitchen cabinets and a baker's rack. If it doesn't fit, then there is more than I need. Five sewing machines is far too many, even if they each do different things (standard, serger, embroidery, blind hem, felting).

I realize many items have been a way to hold onto my past and, as I age, the past has less importance. The present holds more weight. Acknowledging this has allowed me to let go (throw away) -- it's freeing. Today I decided to toss every movie ticket from the 14 years my husband and I have been together, among other keepsakes. This is an idea of what I save, along with every bit of fabric that could be used in another project, yikes.

Other things I like to hoard are blank notebooks and containers of all sizes. I'm sure my therapist would have an explanation for this.

Be on the lookout for giveaways. Maybe you can benefit from my over-spending.

November 22, 2009

Talmadge Art Show

I finished working on my new display the day before Talmadge Art Show and was very happy with the outcome. I knew there would be things to work out once I began using it. The only thing I hadn't fully considered was lighting.

Installation at the show was easy. I could carry two shelves without much trouble, although Tien's help always makes set-up easier. The skirt goes on with Velcro, so there's no need to make sure a tablecloth is on straight.

I'm usually behind my table but the back-drop doesn't allow that. I like to hide administrative stuff (and coffee) too, with tissue for wrapping (seen on the left side here). Eventually I worked it out and the Velcro skirt allowed for access to these items which I hid below.

My next tackle is lighting. Items under shelves were dark, plus different heights for display might have worked better. No one recognized the hat/scarf set on the Ikea vase for wine gifts, so I'll have to drink a half-bottle before the next show.

Here are a couple of images of the show. Even with the slow economy, this show is always fun to do.

November 15, 2009

Show Display Shelves

Long time no see, eh?? I have a bit of work to show. These boards were shelves in our garage. Now they are shelves for my art show display.

Boards were cut to 6'. A fabulous woman at We R Fabrics, Mandana, helped me with fabric selection and yardage measurements. The boards have two layers of quilt batting for oomph and substance, and everything was staple-gunned to the boards. Wow, what amazing transformations can be done with fabric and a staple gun! Next, Milo will nail-gun guides to the underside (see previous post).

Check out my shelves, filled with inventory for sale, at the Talmadge Art Show this Sunday at San Diego Women's Club.