Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hot Seat

If a chair could wear ruffle-rear bloomies it might look something like this.

Just another little detail in the path to a more thought-about studio space. I have spent so many years with so many different types of studios. The floor in this one is giving me art school feelings all over again. I like it. My fine art program in college gave us our own studio once we became a junior. I felt like the coolest person on earth. A raw and worn 150 square feet filled with turpentine, metal stools, bulk rolls of canvas, lumber (cause I built my own, I was so tough), stereo, and a drafting table. I painted most of my canvases with them stapled to the wall then transferred them to stretchers. What messes I made on those floors. Gritty, baby. I dared not let my love of sweet things like fashion and clothing show amongst the fine-art crew.

After I started making clothes to sell at shops while in school, the secret was out. I learned not to apologize for being interested in beautifully colorful things that were more obviously beautiful than all the conceptual fine art making I was trained under. So after college my next studio was an 1800 square foot store-which was amazing fun. But overwhelming too. When I translated the clothing line from retail to wholesale and took the studio home, wow, that was hard to fit it all in. Years and years of fabric. I actually sold off a lot of it.

Anyway ever since then we've had several homes but are settled now in the one we never want to leave. So I am at the point where I'm ready to focus on this 500 square feet as mine. It'll always be changing, I imagine, like the rest of my house. Those ripped strips of fabric on that chair will likely be part of a some project after another year or so. And maybe there will be conflicts in design between the gritty painting side with paint splattered easels and tables and the darling sentimental sewing spaces with cutesy nooks and granny fabrics. So be it. It's all me. I am a study in conflict.



  1. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Hi Anna Maria,
    Loved reading about the evolution of your work spaces, something I can relate to as I move every 2 to 3 years and have to figure out new solutions every time. I love the bed in your studio, your beautiful fabrics and the dreamy light you get in there, lovely...


  2. Anonymous4:48 PM

    Whatever it will be, one thing is for sure ~ it will be wonderfully brilliant! Love watching it all unfold ~

  3. Oh, I love it! So cute!

  4. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Can't wait to see what you come up with - love the bows on the chair!

  5. I love the bows on the chair!! That is such a cute idea!

    I love coming to your blog to get inspiration!

  6. Anonymous7:57 PM

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  7. just like our work..our spaces evolve. i love watching yours through it's evolution! thanks for sharing!

  8. Ohhhh, Anna! Your stories remind me of the good 'ol days in art school. I love your studio history. Fond memories of the turp and the globby paint brushes. I kind of miss the times where I would do a painting a day and have that fantastic feeling of accomplishment mixed with a high off the turpentine spirits! Ha! It is so fun working intermitently with paint and cloth! What fun!!! Can't wait to FEEL those new Chocolate Lolly's rather just SEEing them on the screen. Love the ruffled pretties!

  9. Anonymous12:09 AM

    I don't see the conflict. Painting, fabric, it all goes together in my mind. Looks like the studio's well on its way to colorful fun. Will those paintings from the last post be hung on the studio walls?

  10. Anonymous12:11 AM

    That last comment is from me. I don't know how I ended up "anonymous," but it wasn't on purpose ; )

  11. Anonymous1:54 AM

    Elle est MAGNIFIQUE!
    Quelle classe! ;-)

  12. What a pretty chair. I love the photograph with the pictures, dressform, and bed.

  13. Well said. I know what you mean. Had a very similar art school experience myself. No pretty just for the sake of pretty. I feel ya. xox.

  14. I love, love, love the chair!! oh so cute!!

  15. This is so origional!!
    Love it

  16. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Aw, you're just so full of cute ideas!

    I dream of having my own "studio," even though I'm not really an artist and never went to art school (I dream of doing it though!). I love it that yours is as much an evolving work in progress as all of your other projects. So appropriate.

  17. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the bow/chair idea.

    You are so creative!


  18. I am envious of that chair. Wow!

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