Today’s sneak peek is In the Studio of Paige Hathaway Thorn. I met Paige after realizing that she lived in Charleston and I’d admired her work since attending SCAD. She completed her BA degree in Fibers (after beginning in Architecture) before me (in the 90’s:). I reached out to her to get to know her and she graciously agreed to participate in this interview! She returned to her native Charleston and pursued a Masters in Art Education and went on to teach for a while before being drawn back into the studio full time. She has been steadily working on her vibrant and luxurious textile creations ever since! We met at her business studio space which is in her home and garage. There she shared how organizing affects her creative process and products as a designer, product and developer and textile artist.
HKPS::Have you always known you were an artist?
PT::Yes, I remember as a small child painting every piece of my bedroom furniture chartreuse!
HKPS::What mediums do you work with?
PT::Fabrics, dyes and screenprinting.
HKPS::Where do you make Art and how big is your studio?
PT::Studio’s Inside my home & garage, about 400 sq ft total.
HKPS::Do you consider yourself to be an organized person?
PT::Maybe? I’ve organized in certain aspects but not as well in others.
HKPS::How or where did you learn your organizing habits and systems?
HKPS::Does your artwork/style tend to be cyclical in terms of being neat vs. disorganized? What are your observations about the process?
PT::I tend to organize (maintain systems) and clean up as I’m working.
HKPS::Do you ever have problems locating specific materials you want to use?
PT::No, I know exactly where the materials I need are.
HKPS::Do you purge or declutter your supply stash on a regular basis (due to space or other constraints)?
PT::Yes, regularly and as needed.
HKPS::What creative cycles of organization/dis-organization affect your process?
PT::Things get pulled out as I’m working but I to stop and clean up at the end of the day.
HKPS::Do you have any systems, tools or tips for staying organized you would like to share?
PT::I sort things into bins (mostly clear) and I label almost everything. I keep 3 ring binders with all my inspiration in clear sheet protectors and I constantly refer back to these images.
Thank you so much for inviting us to see your studio and explaining the way that organizing affects you as a working artist and designer. Please check out the Charleston Garment Manufactory website for more information on her services such as pattern drafting, sample sewing, design consultation and her sewing classes! I’ll be back with another artist ‘Inside the Studio‘ feature next month!
If you missed my last Inside the Studio with Leigh Webber and Becky Hoppmann please take a look!