hangs my original design wall, a flannel backed plastic tablecloth. Right next to it is my new design wall, the fleece covered insulation board I received for Christmas. I hadn’t considered how often I’m in this room until my husband said to me during our recent vacation, “I don’t think you realize how much time you spend in there.” All I know is it’s my happy place where I spend a lot of time staring at the walls. On occasion my husband pops in and says, “studying things again, eh?”
My modestly sized studio is 12 by 14 feet. It holds a work table on bed risers, a bookcase, my fold out sewing cabinet with drawers and lots of surface area, a chair and a stool, two cabinets that hold fabric and other raw materials, an ironing board, a plastic tub, a round basket filled with batting, a plastic trolley for fat quarters, and loads of other boxed raw materials such as ribbons, yarns, paints, stamps, brushes and markers. The closet is filled with fabric. It’s getting a bit crowded.
If I could bring myself to throw out items like the big roll of craft paper or the bag of poly stuffing I would have more room. But somehow the day always comes when I find I need that stuff. I cut templates from the craft paper and improvise pillow forms with the stuffing and batting.
It would help if I rearranged items, but then I wouldn’t remember where I put stuff. My brain doesn’t deal with updates as well as Microsoft Windows does. It always reverts to an earlier version.
If I could wave a fairy wand there’s some aspects I’d change. First, and top priority, would be the lighting. I have two Ott lamps – one floor, one table. I move them around as best I can given the location of electric outlets. The ceiling fixture is the usual feeble bedroom kind. I thought of replacing the bulbs with higher wattage ones, but the fixture warns not to use bulbs higher than 60 watts. So, I want skylights for lots of natural light and wall lighting.
Then, I want an ironing table. Ironing boards are made for pressing shirts, not fabric yardage or 72 inch wide quilted tops. I’d also add a heavy duty steam iron with the gravity feed. I use one for theatrical costume work and I’m sold on it. Forget those Rowentas and Olisos.
Moving on to storage, I’d like built in open shelving for my fabrics with adjustable blinds or curtains to protect them from light and dust. And, as long as the builders are in, I’d have them plumb and install a utility sink and drainboard for wet work.
After reading this wish list over, I believe it would be easier just to build a new house with my perfect studio than to retrofit my current room. In the meantime I’ll strive to emulate my favorite artist, Paul Klee.