Name: Jane Carlstrom
Shop Name: Glorious Hats
Description of work space.
Light and bright is the key for me. It is wonderful to be at a stage in life where a true "studio" is possible. Two years ago, we moved a small modular home onto the farmstead and the whole building is mine. ALL MINE!
The kitchen became the cutting and pressing station. (*note - the awesome cutting table is the husband's drafting table - re-purposed. Am so glad I did not fuss and fume when he bought it 30 years ago.)
The "living room" became the sewing and work area.
The three bedrooms are storage rooms. It is so lovely to be able to shut the doors and not see the boxes, shelves, etc.
One bathroom tub is a hang dry area, the other is the place for spraying adhesives, stiffening agents, etc.
If you could change one thing in your creative space, besides the size, what would it be? Please describe your dream creative space.
Oh sure it would be nice to have every thing match, but hey eclectic works. The only thing needed is greater self discipline to organize and store neatly. Am really working on this and indeed have improved. My dream would be to have Oprah surprise me with a professional organizer to come and fix it all up- neat, tidy, labeled.
Describe any tips you are dying to share:
Hang in, save your pennies, invest in good equipment as the years go along; a dream space can become reality.
Describe what inspirational items you keep in your creative space:
Being grounded, centered and rested enable me to focus intently on the projects. Bare walls, keeping it simple, and not obscenely messy - too much overwhelms me, is distracting. The view from the windows and MPR Classical station playing low are soothing. I had the great fortune and opportunity to go during the 1990s and take intensive sewing workshops with Bobbie Carr, she is always in my head while sewing. And her book remains the one most used and treasured.
Describe your creative process in your creative space:
I so admire those who do sketch out ideas, hard as I try, that just does not work for me. Ideas and concepts ruminate in my head, then progress and commingle with laying out fabrics, patterns, findings. Sometimes the creation changes as it progresses. Yikes, must I admit it? I listen to the fabric. It talks to me through my eyes and fingers. Really it does.
When one listens, interacts with suitable techniques; the fabric/fiber responds beautifully, going from flat and flaccid to three dimensional and shapely. That is all at once. the fun, the challenge, the joy of creating with fabrics and fibers.