For those of you who are new to my blog I should first explain what I do. I am a teddy bear artist making one of a kind collectible bears for the adult collector. I am also an award winning quilt and doll artist.. in my spare time hahahahaha. I work full time helping to run a family business of brewing wine but no matter how tired I am at the end of the day... I am still an artist at heart and cannot live without my art so I always find time for my bears.
I think I have the biggest creative space of anyone I know... that is because my studio is only a name not a place. I work whenever and wherever I can.
My Tiki garden workspace (built for me by my husband) where on beautiful, sunny, hot days I sit with my mohair and in shaded delight and cut bear parts so they are ready to be packaged for rainy days of sewing when I am confined to indoor spaces.
Or I sit and work on my deck in the company of my Pug and am inspired by the view of my garden.
I have a portable vintage Singer Featherweight machine that comes with me everywhere.
My Featherweight and Janome
My new quilted teacup design was originally created for a new set of bears...to be seen in the URSA awards contest... now I have fallen in love with them. They will be available in many colours to give you a lovely place to display your Seraphim teacup size bears. "Spot o tea" anyone?
I also have two other machines one of which was my grandmothers Singer 319K which needs to stay at home as it is super heavy and in a cabinet and the other is my modern Janome used for all my bear accessories and quilts but not for making the bears themselves.
My dining room with a big window directly behind my work space is great for fine detail work!
Working in the house on the Janome 6600 making a quilt for my grandmother's 90th Birthday.
My lounge area for rainy day creativity... in the company of my handsome Italian Greyhound. The inspiration flows naturally for beautiful expressive bear faces with my IG , pug and two Siamese cats around who have the sweetest most expressive faces.
I am an only child and travelled most of my growing up years and therefore found a hidden gift in having a forever changing scenery. I find inspiration in unusual places and can work wherever there is an outlet... or no outlet as I have been known to whip out my needle and thread and create in the middle of the woods.
How can you not be inspired by the beauty offered by life itself? This rabbit visits me often and is so absolutely stunning... I see another bunny creation coming soon!
I cannot tell you how many times I have come up with a new design or name for my bears and quilts while lounging in the tub with some nice bubbles. It's my favourite place to design. My mind is relaxed there and I keep all my art magazines, a pad of paper and a pen handy so I can either jot down an idea or name or browse through fabulous colourful pages that trigger my creative side.
Try ending your day with a 10 to 20 minute bath and keep a pad of paper and pen handy... you'll be surprised at how many ideas you get when you have a quiet moment to yourself.
My machine and I ARE my studio and in that my surroundings are forever changing and I am never short of inspiration whether it be something new in my setting itself or the people around me. I cannot tell you how many times someone has walked by and seen me sewing in a public place and began an inspiring and interesting conversation with me that has later influenced a bear or quilt.
Here I am all set up at the family business of brewing wine and beer. In-between setting up customers I sew with my handy Featherweight. My customers are forever sneaking behind our barrier wall to see what creations are being made this time! They are almost always the very first to see a new bear or quilt and have many times been the influence for a name, new colour choice or design.
I hope you have enjoyed a little peak into my forever changing creative space. It has been fun sharing with you and I welcome you to continue following my journey in creativity.
Don't forget to join me back here for the "A MAD TEA PARTY" blog post. It's a Wonderland blog party celebration hosted by A Fanciful Twist on June 26th. Its going to be wonderfully mad!