Sunday, December 12, 2010

Details, details, Part One

Detail of my Sgt. Pepper-esque
Jacket for Peter B. Lewis
 By nature, I am oriented to details. I have found this to be an odd quirk of my otherwise creatively driven personality. Some of my artist friends don't seem to have this side to their personalities, and it only seems to apply to many artists when it comes to their work. For me, I inherently pay attention to the details. It doesn't matter what I am doing. Planning a garden? Learn every name of every plant. Measure the amount of sunlight in every area of the yard at each time of the day. Do this for a week. In each season of the year. Writing a book? Interview every person in the field who was alive at that time. Read every issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine from its inception, (and make detailed notes by subject) so you can have the proper questions prepared for your interview subjects. You get the idea. I'm not what is fondly called these days, "anal"; I'm just thorough, and obsessively so. It's just the way my mind works.

When I am creating a new art piece, after the thrill of creating the actual composition has passed, I love the layered stitching and embellishment part of my process the best. 
Recycled tags for my TagTalk cards wait to be taken to my downstairs sewing spot. On the right, a four drawer catcher for fabric scraps takes the overflow from my wire fabric storage. Knits and flannels are at the ready under my pinning wall, while a holiday order waits to be ironed at my mini ironing station.
You can see this on my Masks III, below.

When it comes to construction by stitching, my love of details transfers easily from creating my artwork to my designing my Magic Baby line of clothing. You would never know I am focused on the details, however, by looking at my studio at the moment:

On my sewing table, various "piles" wait their turn.
The embroidered black velvet is up next.

Here, a snowflake swing dress waits for its binding,
while a design experiment sits underneath until
I have more time.

My studio only looks like a mess. Since I have little space, I make piles, then work my way through them each week.


  1. Honey---your studio is SPOTLESS compared to the disaster I am currently calling *my studio*.
    Yes, it will pass when the commission is out, but great day---I'll be cleaning well into the new year!
    Hope this makes you feel better.
    And yes, I am utterly anal..... LOL! :D


  2. Well, Anne, I hope your space is bigger than mine! And I insist on picture proof! I am itchy for a cleaning frenzy myself, except every (normally) free space in my house currently looks like my studio. Not sure where to start. Guests coming for the holidays will be my only saving grace.

  3. Piles in motion :)
    Your workspace looks very productive :)

  4. Great description, Kimmie : ) Everything is in flux. It is a productive space by force of its limitations!

  5. I am sending you snowflake kisses and warm woolen mitten hugs for the new year in 2011! Productive is the correct word my dear :O)! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  6. And my wishes for you, Mary Helen: a Happy, healthy and productive New Year surrounded by love : )