till the wedding in early October, I decided to show you a few pictures of my wonderful studio, wherein I create art and, in the last 10 years, garments. Several people have glimpsed the studio in pictures and wanted to see more...
When we bought this property, in 1994, after selling our winery, there was this wonderful old redwood barn, built in 1910.
There was a small, rundown house, also dating from 1910, a workshop-that-used-to-be-a-chicken-house, and a
garage that had been converted into living quarters. I don't have any pictures at hand of the original buildings, but the old barn was the selling point for me.
The barn was single-wall construction (which means you could see through the very holey walls), had no insulation, no foundation and dirt floors. The north side was partially covered in a wonderful chartreuse lichen, which has been the backdrop for many of my outfit pictures.
We took it apart, numbered each board and put them in a safe place; the same with the aged metal roof. Then...we poured a foundation and cement floors, built walls, added
insulation, plumbing and electricity and some recycled windows to capture the wonderful northern light. Then we put all the boards and the roof back on.The barn had 3 bays, and a hayloft; we kept the bays and added stairs to reach the loft.
You can see the loft here.
We left the rafters exposed...those are the old windows. The original barn had lots of industrial shelving, which I kept.
You can see some of the shelves in the background. For 10 years or so, it
functioned as an art studio...I held many workshops there and hosted a weekly painting group for 3 years. Then I decided to return to sewing and transformed the studio to suit my needs.
This is the middle "bay"; (it's not curved, it's a panoramic shot!)
When we renovated the barn, I had a table built by a carpenter friend; it has morphed from a painting/art table to a sewing table with ease.
It's 4' x 8', so with the addition of a cutting mat, it's perfect to cut out fabric. I had it made tall enough so I don't have to lean over...bliss! I use the right hand bay for storage, the loft for storing fabric in large plastic tubs, and the left hand bay for dreaming and planning...
The sink and lavatory are very useful, especially when I'm working on various
Now the studio is my retreat and my creative cauldron, where I think up and carry out all manner of ideas! I am so lucky!
I'm joining Patti's Visible Monday again...come and visit!