Studio Limbo

It’s been a month since we temporarily closed down my studio and toted all the stuff that shouldn’t freeze into the basement of the house.

Fabric surface design media.

All my fabric surface design media, art supplies, and jars of natural dye concoctions were boxed up, hauled downstairs, and piled near the table where I edit video for online classes and have my Etsy shop storage and shipping.

Studio winter of 2014.

It made good sense:  My studio is an old building that leaks heat like a sieve. With the extreme cold we’ve had this winter, the propane shortage and the price spike, we couldn’t afford to keep the heat on out there. So for the past month I’ve been running out there for a piece of felt, a bin of yarn, this book, that spool, a handful of selvedge strings… You get the idea. Now I have disorganized messes in two locations.

This week I had hoped to turn the heat back on and get started on a long list of tasks that require simmering or a sewing machine. But the forecast for Thursday night is 20 below zero again. So I’ll keep working in the house for another week before carrying stuff back out and getting it all put away. Maybe some of the ice on our porch steps will melt by then.

Icy steps to the porch.

If it warms up quickly this spring, there’s a very real chance my studio will flood. It’s been a while since that happened, but it’s kind of hard to forget. So I need to make sure I get things up off the floor — fabric on bolts, the sewing machine pedal, the old sewing machine stored in the back, boxes of natural dye materials, some other materials stored in cardboard instead of plastic bins. Not knowing when it might happen means… You guessed it: More moving, more mess, more studio limbo.

Winter drifts 2014.

So that’s enough whining from me. I actually do love winter, and this one has definitely been memorable.





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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin

2 thoughts on “Studio Limbo”

  1. I so feel your pain! I am well aware that winter here in Texas is nothing like winter where you live, but…. I do my dyeing outside, filling my huge pots from a water hose, which of course, freezes and produces no water. In my defense, we did set some records for cold weather and ice this year. I’ll be thinking of you.

    1. Sherri, I think you set some records for heat last summer as well, which to me is MUCH more challenging than winter cold. I can always put on more clothes in the winter but in summer… OK, it’s an old joke 🙂 I’ll think of you as I carry buckets of water out to the studio for dyeing when the heat is on again. Hope your hose thaws out soon!

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