Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blog Hop Party Post - Where Artists Create

"A creative mess is better than tidy idleness."

Welcome!  My name is Lorri Scott and I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

My studio is a somewhat converted two car garage.  Slowly over the years I have been making it less and less a concrete floor garage and more an inspirational environment.

Step into my studio single file because it's rather crowded in here.  Sorry the entrance is a bit messy because I'm under construction, but this is a good thing and you'll soon agree.

Studio outside where the addition is being built.  Slab gets poured in two weeks and after that things will go up fast.  My husband is a contractor so it's a blessing and a curse.  Good because he can build this for me, a curse because it's unknown how long it will take.

Outdoor set up for indigo dyeing

Looking into the whole picture, try not to be overwhelmed.  I had visions of tidying up for the photo shoot but really this is how I work most of the time so I want you to see that.  

I'm a fiber artist, mostly designing garments and accessories.  I love to color fabric with dye and use all types of dye, natural, fiber reactive, and acid dyes.  I was a weaver for over 25 years.  It seems weird to say "was" but I haven't woven anything for several years now so I had my 48", 16 harness, AVL production dobby loom taken apart and it is in the storage area in the back part of studio.   I shibori dye, vat dye, eco dye print, you name it I'll try it to add color and pattern to fabrics.  I teach workshops and sell my wares on vendor days and on Etsy.

Let's continue the tour.

See how congested this area is?  When my new addition is added it will become like a giant closet and this space will be free to set up more tables so I will have room to have workshops.

Inspiration I have displayed that is art from friends and acquaintances or antique pieces I've bought.  And of course the mountains of vintage laces, doilies, and linens I incorporate into my "wayward threads" garments.

Here's my main work table where I have been eco print dyeing, a technique I learned from India Flint's book "Eco Colour"

My ironing station

Old pressed tin hinged screen I use as background for photos and my dress form with what I'm working on now.

The variety of items I create

I'm so glad you stopped by now have a seat and let's create!

If you don't have time to stay try and join me at Art Unraveled in Phoenix next month or stop by to see me on vendor day in Sept. at Art Is You Petaluma!  Or perhaps we can meet next Feb. at An Artful Journey?  I won't be teaching but am attending.

To see other participating blogs click here.

Have a wonderful and creative day!


Joanne Huffman said...

I love you studio. I love your fibers and fabrics. I love your creativity.

deb said...

Awesome creative Space ♥

Anonymous said...

I just love love that crochet is amazing...and I've had it on my list of things to do for some time of these days.....and thanks to you and your creative post...maybe it will be sooner than later!

thanks for your inspiration.
your studio space looks like a great place to let loose and create to your hearts content!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Anonymous said...

What a neat space and a great expression of your creativity! I love your creations especially the ones using the crochet pieces!! Enjoyed my visit!

Hope you might come by and see my new space!

bee blessed

JoeyLea said...

I just love it - it's real! I too love various fibers. I am hoping to be part of the hop next year. I am loving being able to see all the wonderful blogs and 'happpy places." Feel free to visit my blog if you like:)

Kathleen Conard said...

You were right - I loved this blog post and the photos of your working studio! I am so excited for you and and what you have in store with your new addition. Thank you, too, for showing some of your gorgeous creations - you are so talented!

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Goodness. I LOVE your creations and love that quote you started the post with! Thank you for sharing.

The Creative Beast said...

WOW! You have an AMAZING creative space Lorri and I love how it's filled to the brim with lace, trims and dyed fabrics...Congratulations also on your beautiful new blog look! It's very pretty =-)

I look forward to seeing you at the Artful Journey Retreat next February and I'll be sure to have a few dollars to buy some trim if you are selling your wares =-)

Brigitte said...

What an inspiring studio...wonderful for a Monday Morning! Thanks!

A China Cupcake said...

Where can I buy one of your creations? Your designs are so gorgeous. This is a working energetic studio
with real deadlines and business going on !!! I love how much work is in progress on all the tables in your studio.My nails are always colored from natural and synthetic dyes. Or they smell like bleach !! I also love your lace scarves. Thanks Pat Beglin

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Lori!! It is awesome to see a real working studio!!! I loved seeing all your creations too. I'm so glad you joined the party and shared it with all of us!!! See you in August!!!

Anonymous said...

I loved the quote at the beginning. Everything falls apart when I am in the middle of a project because that is all I want to work on. My husband is very patient. :)
Your work room is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Maureen said...

Wow, Lorri what a wonderful place and to have a contractor hubby? Lucky you! I adore your wooden cabinets; the multidrawer one and the glass fronted one; just my style. Your work is beautiful! Thanks for the tour!

Sandy said...

I am completely, utterly, and totally in love with your work, amazing! You have a wonderful creative space, thank you for sharing.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I really like your spcae and its getting larger wonderful

I am inspired to go home and get my studio organized a little better
and have decided I am keeoing all my lace & buttons

I have been packing for a sale , but my heart is in same thing you like
so glad I stopped by

StasaLynn said...

What a fun space to create and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your artwork..... this is an area I wanted to go into and I will definitely be back to see more of your work.

I wish I could go to the workshops in Phoenix! I was trying onion skin on eggs -

Take care!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Love your creations - the crochet piece!!! The slips!!! Can't wait to see your space when it's all done - 'course you could bling up that tractor - or whatever it is - backhoe??

Geralyn Gray said...

Love the crochet top and all the natural dye prints....great work space to really get down and create!

Rita Barakat said...

SO much luscious lace everywhere! Love it!Looks like inspiration everywhere you turn!

suziqu's thread works said...

I love your fabric lace and fibre work and so inspired by India Flint!
You have some special braids and materials to work with and loved you showing where it all happens!
Some of my dyed velvet in my WBC tour was dyed using India's method!
Thanks for sharing,

Kristi said...

Thanks for sharing your space with us! Your work is just lovely!

donna joy said...

wonderful studio!

Kate Palmer said...

OH WOW - that's almost like having a whole house to yourself - looks heavenly! I love how you have all your beautiful items stored where you can see them and find them at a moment's notice all that wonderful fabric and lace! Thanks so much for sharing your studio on Where Bloggers create, it's beautiful.

martha brown said...

I'm REALLY behind on my blog reading! I seem my Love collage there :) !
And I also see some of the pieces that I bought from you at AU. I'm feeling right at home, lol.

Creative Grammie said...

Amazing studio spaces! Your fiber creations are beautiful and you have an impressive collection of doilies and lace; just love it!
Thanks for the great tour.