Monday, March 10, 2008

Settling In To My New Studio

I signed a lease on a studio at Western Avenue Studios late last month, and, on March 1st, it was ready!


Here are Carlos and the munchkins looking out the (huge!) windows at the canal. Which looks like this:



Neat, huh? WAS is in nearby Lowell, Massachusetts (about five miles from our home, nice short commute), and there are over 120 artists working in studios on four floors of an old, renovated mill building. Lowell was one of the centers of the industrial revolution in the U.S. Most of the old mill buildings were textile mills - how fitting! And many of them are now being converted into lofts, studios, and work-live studios.

Anyway, not sure if you could tell in that first picture or not, but the floor of the studio was in *really* really bad shape...

Eegads. Carlos has definitely won the Husband of the Year award... He spent the entire day last Tuesday sanding the floor for me - three different grits, a huge amount of work. I stained the floor in the middle of the night and we got a couple of coats of polyurethane on it before we left for the weekend to ski. And this is what it looks like now!

Hooray! Much better! I have started moving in - yarn, a work table, nothing too complicated yet. I'm hoping we'll get my big 60" 12-shaft LeClerc Colonial moved in tonight - right in front of those lovely windows, so I can look out once in a while as I weave. Very happy!

I've been meeting quite a few of my neighbors, too, they're all so nice! If you live in the area, WAS has Open Studios the first Saturday of each month, from noon - 5 p.m. It's definitely worth stopping by, just to see lots of artists at work (and to maybe buy something if it strikes your fancy!) - painters, photographers, jewelry artists, fiber artists, mixed media artists, one other weaver that I know of - lots of different types of art to check out.

8 comments:

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

That is awesome!!! Congrats all the way:) I can't wait to see how you set this all up......ooooh...I'm jumping with anticipation!!!

DreamWoven said...

oh that is such exciting news!!! congratulations. when i saw "Western Avenue" in the header, i thought.... ohhhh i would love to be back on western avenue. (I lived on western avenue #102, in cambridge back in the 70's)....

how wonderful for you though. my hub and i are looking for a loft as well... but someplace to purchase, where we could live and work (he is a fine art artist, photographer, etc.).... we are sick of traditional houses with walls!!!

wish i could come visit you!

Rachel

Alpaca Granny said...

Kristen, this will be so incredibly awesome. A studio of your own - and surrounded by other artists. What motivation. I'm really, really happy for you.

Knitted Gems said...

You lucky dog. You have a real studio. And it's gorgeous. I'm sure it's going to provide you with lots of inspiration!

Weavermania Productions said...

WOW!! that looks amazing Kristin!! so much space! :) good luck!!!
Oh! and your March challange scarf is AMAZING!!!!! it looks ab fab! hehehe :D
hope you're well!!!

Katherine said...

Congratulations! Amazing transformation you and your hubby made with that beaten up looking floor. Looks like an awesome location for your studio. Be sure to show us photos after you get moved in, especially your set-up in front of the windows... I can feel the positive creative energy of the place from here ;o) Enjoy!

Leigh said...

Wow, is this a dream come true or not! Does it feel like a big step? It sure seems like the right one for you.

skiingweaver said...

Thanks everybody!! My big loom is finally in the studio, hooray! With room to spare... Thinking I'll move the little one over there, too. :) I'll post pictures soon...