Yes, renovating, again! We have big plans but I’m starting with my studio.

The last studio iteration was not as functional as anticipated. I work small, I work large and I work in multiple media. I don’t have to tell you how much tension that creates in an average-sized space where materials and works that are wet and stain-making deliberately provoke materials and works that must be kept dry and squeaky-clean.

So they have to be separated. They must have their own space so they don’t squabble any more.

I have two big tables that will now own all the floor space. Together, we will manage ‘the work’.

Three walls of storage will house the materials and the works. On one wall I already have a sink and storage for canvases, paper, paint and drawing media. The other two walls will have new floor to ceiling built-ins to house yarn, fabric, beads, cord, wire and as-yet unanticipated kit.

Here’s my design. The shaded/coloured shapes are existing shelves and containers that will all go behind closed doors. I get a new easel and mannequin.

In planning, sorting and organising for this refresh I discovered some unfinished projects. (What a surprise). Here is a subset of the cache of incomplete (knitting and crochet).

I’m reminded that I like stripes.



I’ve lacked a bit of focus lately (work wise) because we are renovating. There are a couple of reasons for renovating but mainly I hope to have some more storage space because I can barely walk in my studio. We’ve had the garage fitted out with storage cabinets, Chris’s workroom is having a huge makeover and the ‘wardrobe’ in my studio will have a wet area and lots of customised storage space. Also new bathroom and kitchen, just because we’re gluttons for punishment.

We’ll be finished mid-year, and I can’t wait to get back to working in my new space. Meanwhile just have to be content with doing some digital work, some knitting and maybe even some drawing!

Image based on Frances Hotel being demolished 1911 by Seattle Municipal Archives, CC-BY-2.0