Out With the Old...

Here at Wax & Wane we really like to talk about the moon phases in regards to our own artistic journeys. One thing the New Moon has brought us is a new studio space. Exactly on the day of this beautiful new phase (June 15th to be exact), we began moving our belongings from our old space to our new space. Stay tuned for blog post coming soon that will explain exactly where we are moving and all the exciting details surrounding it. 

Over this past year, we were so fortunate to gain a studio space from one of our community partners who worked with us on The Quilt Story Exchange. The space, although small and cramped, allowed us to really grow and develop our creative works and skills as a business. It was great to have a hub for the work we were doing that was spread across the greater Baltimore City area. The days of toting our studio around in our cars was over, and we will always be grateful to our friends for giving us a safe space to grow. 

Although we are sad to leave our first shared studio, we are VERY excited to move into a place that is a bit more functional for our creative practices. The space we are moving out of was very small, and was housed in a larger organization's center. It was hard for us to really spread out, get messy and keep our voices at a respectful volume when other community functions were going on ( we both really enjoy singing in harmony whilst quilting, and we do a lot of great Portlandia impressions that become ever so boisterous).

And yes, we become very VERY messy. In our next studio  we will show you some of our own personal tips for keeping things organized in small spaces. 

And yes, we become very VERY messy. In our next studio  we will show you some of our own personal tips for keeping things organized in small spaces. 

Imagine like ten more dye pots on the floor and then you will get a better idea of our once lived reality.

Imagine like ten more dye pots on the floor and then you will get a better idea of our once lived reality.

Just a snapshot of the ridiculously random objects we attempted to curate into more intentional objects. Also, the doll on your left is really a MERMAID ( I mistakenly cropped her tail)…and her name is Donatella.

Just a snapshot of the ridiculously random objects we attempted to curate into more intentional objects. Also, the doll on your left is really a MERMAID ( I mistakenly cropped her tail)…and her name is Donatella.

Once again….this is a perfect example of what we will avoid in our next space. We have some great ideas on how to avoid this closet-o-fabric sadness. 

Once again….this is a perfect example of what we will avoid in our next space. We have some great ideas on how to avoid this closet-o-fabric sadness. 

This was the desk in our dye kitchen. Usually it was stocked with more mason jars full of highly concentrated natural dye solutions. mmmmmm yesss

This was the desk in our dye kitchen. Usually it was stocked with more mason jars full of highly concentrated natural dye solutions. mmmmmm yesss

Our one successful space on our studio was on the top of a tiny bookshelf. All of our succulents, bones and crystals lived here. ( I think Donatella did too for a hot minute but she totally harshed the vibe). This will be in our new space times a million percent. 

Our one successful space on our studio was on the top of a tiny bookshelf. All of our succulents, bones and crystals lived here. ( I think Donatella did too for a hot minute but she totally harshed the vibe). This will be in our new space times a million percent. 

As you can see, this is not the most conducive environment as a working artist. There were a lot of challenges to deal with in this space. I think as a fiber artist in particular it is really hard to stay organized and clean. I personally have a hard time staying on top of scrap fabrics….I also hoard them and then never do anything with them. Honestly if anyone has a good idea for what to do with tiny scraps, please send information my way! 

Something Ashton and I are both interested in is how other artists curate creative spaces for themselves. As artists on a shoestring budget, it is so hard to find studio spaces that meet our financial needs. As a result, lots of young, financially vulnerable artists often have to sacrifice style, space, location, organization and safety in order to attain some sort of studio practice.  I am always interested to see how other folks use the spaces they have to create warm, one of a kind and inviting work spaces for themselves. I firmly believe that the more you put into a studio, the more you will get out; for me personally, my work suffers when the state of our studio suffers. Something we really want to do on the blog is to feature young artists like ourselves and show how small studio spaces can be styled and organized. (Think of Dwell Magazine but for twenty something artists who realistically can't live up to those expectations. But hey, we can sure as hell try!)

Our goals for our next space are to create better lighting, find more ways to combat mess, create more organizational elements and to create one large surface for the both of us. 

Stay tuned to see if we reach these goals!

 

With love&light,

Claire

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