Last fall I signed up for an online studio class. The class is called "Working In A Series I" and is taught by a very talented fiber artist, Lisa Call. I have followed Lisa on social media as well as her blog for awhile now. I was intrigued with her class schedule and so I made the commitment and signed up.
Today we received our initial class syllabus and instructions for the coming weeks. This is a 10 week class and will end the first of May. When I initially became interested in Fiber Art, I took a variety of classes. In fact, I would often commit to several sessions a year. As I have progressed with my craft, I have become much more selective as to what I sign up for and or am interested in pursuing.
The initial assignments this week will guide us through the process of selecting our subject matter that we want to expand into a series of work. I will be working through a couple of exercises to get the creative juices going to explore as many options that I can before I make my final selection.
One of the reasons I was interested in an online class that I could pursue in the comfort of my own home was that I felt it would give me the freedom to really dive in and work hard over the coming weeks. I also will have the freedom to work virtually any time of the day or night for that matter.
Sometimes when I enroll in a class that I attend outside of my home, there is usually a specific technique or subject matter that I know in advance and can somewhat prepare for. Classes usually have a set time to create a fiber piece and hopefully everything creative comes together. I have to admit though, that there have been times where I get off to a slow start and have my moments of "creative panic"! With a class in this format, I will have a little more breathing room. Assignments will be posted weekly that are to be completed. At the end of the week we turn in our work and attend a weekly conference call. All of this is done online.
I will be posting here regularly over the next 10 weeks to show you how things are progressing. Today, I made sure my work space / studio was ready to go. Here are a few pictures of where I create: (You can click on any of the photos to see a larger image.)
I converted a bedroom in our home to use as my working studio. It is not a large space but I have done my best to utilize every inch effieciently. The room measures about 10' x 12'. The hanging system on the wall is actually a closet organizing system that is all suspended from a single rail that runs along the top of the wall and ceiling. I can adjust any of the shelves or hanging components differently if I need to in the future, that is why I chose this system. I have a drafting board in the middle of the room that doubles as a cutting surface. My sewing machine is under a cover along the same wall as the shelving. It sits in it's own table that puts my machine at a comfortable working height.
I also use this area for my "office". There is a small closet that is also outfitted with shelving for supplies and projects.
The last photo is my "design wall". I had a takable homasote material applied to the entire wall so that I can pin or tack into it wherever I want. I also have it covered with batting and a gridded design surface that allows me to place my work up on the wall as I am creating. You will see more how that is used over the weeks to come if you are not familiar with a design wall.
Last but not least, I had some great, clean, lighting installed in the ceiling that literally lights up the entire room with a natural daylight effect and literally no shadows while I am working. I have learned that lighting is probably one of the most important tools and if it is not great it is not fun!
I am looking forward to this class. It is my desire that I will start a body of work that will continue well into the future, that is my goal. I am going to give it my very best over the next couple of months. I am anticipating that it will be intense but so worth the time and creative energy. I am up for the challenge and have high hopes for a productive and fulfilling studio time.
See you back here in a week or so....
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