Today’s studio sneak peek is with the Pixeladies! I am super excited to share the studio space of these fun and lovely creative ladies with you today. We met about a year ago while I was attending a Quilt Show in Florida and working with the Fabric Maker Printer launch. In this interview Deb and Kris both share how and where they work together on their collaborative art quilts, and some of their studio organizing tips! These photo’s are not styled and are typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day.
The idea for this series, Inside the Studio began in while I was attending an art retreat at Penland. While there I observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. In this series I’m interested in showing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
Pixeladies Interview and Studio Sneak Peek Part I.
HKPS::When did you suspect or know you were an artist?
Pixeladies::Deb knew when she was 7. She had always drawn and painted, but she was 7 when she discovered fabric. And she didn’t need no stinkin’ patterns. When Kris was a teenager, she and her sister-in-law (who is 10 years older), got together to make crafts. They sold them out of the home at Christmas time. It was wonderful to be so productive with her hands.
HKPS:: What materials do you work with? Do you find it challenging to locate certain things when you’re ready use them and do you store things frequently used in highly visible locations?
Pixeladies::Fabric, paper, computer. Something we rarely use are business cards from a conference. We have those in a few places but haven’t systematized them yet.
HKPS:: Where do you make your art, how big is your studio and how long have you been in this space?
Pixeladies::We work in Deb’s studio, which is attached to her home in Cameron Park, CA. The studio is app. 500 sq feet. We’ve been working in the studio as the Pixeladies since 2003.
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once? Is this due to space constraints, creative process, organizing systems or other influences?
Pixeladies::We tend to work on multiple projects at the same time. Because we use the computer so much, we can be working on something in the computer. We have lots of printer breakdowns, so we need to have something else to do while we’re waiting for the printer to be prepared. Also, sometimes we want to work on our collages, because we can cut out words and phrases and watch romantic comedies at the same time.
HKPS::When you began working in this space did you plan any systems for the overall set up or did you let things evolve organically? How did past studio spaces or systems influence this space?
Pixeladies::Deb had already installed cupboards and had a cutting table. When Kris joined the space, we did a major reorganization, adding a second computer work station, wide-format printer, and a new cutting table arrangement (we doubled the size of the cutting table with existing materials). In 2014, we wanted to change our wide-format printer, so we took the opportunity to change our work stations to accommodate Kris’ hearing loss. (Deb needs to be to the right of Kris, so Kris can hear her.)
Now go read the second half of the Pixeladies interview in Part II! Then, please see more of their work, learn about their workshops and read their blog (loaded with great creative and technical info!) here.