Where I sew right now
There is a dream in my head of a space that is just mine. There are high ceilings, lots of natural light, a comfy chair, shelves of fabric, beads, books, baskets, and the walls are hung with images that I love to look at. In reality I would settle for a corner that is permanent because right now this is it for me. The dining table on which I have to keep everything and I move between it and the closet in the spare room where my "stuff" is stored. I used to have a room that housed my art self but I'm afraid I took that for granted big time. It seems becoming a mama teaches you tons about yourself and one of those things is you never realized how much time you had for you before baby until you have baby. I had a lot of time....and I wasted most of it.
So for now I dream, I sew, read a story, I cut fabric, get some juice, I pin, look for a lost train, I rip out a seam, put dinner on....the juggling of a creative life melded with family is often not smooth, dinner sometimes overcooks, and projects get put on hold with the inspiration in danger of drifting away. But I try to live right now and sew with my family around me and enjoy the closeness because while it is harder to focus sometimes it is certainly not lonely.
I wanted to fill this post with photos of studios I'd love to have but I didn't find as many as I thought I would. I created a little gallery on flickr that has some inspiring images. I seem to be drawn to clean lines with hints of feminine and whimsy, natural light and comfy colour. There is a series of studio tours here too. I'm glad that I can create in chaos because if I couldn't I wouldn't be able to sew much at all. So amongst the tractors, crayons and puzzles I'll be and the pace may be slow but I'll keep creating just the same and keep my dream of a studio in the back of my soul for when it is time. All in good time.