our eastern market studio space
My space and surrounds have a huge influence on my work. Having a space that feels open and has lots of natural light is so integral to the process! Before this space, I was renting out a friend's tiny basement area, so this is a huge upgrade for me.
I moved in to a new studio space January of this year after hearing about it from my friend Ellen. I feel so lucky to be able to create my work in an environment that is so filled with light and conducive to creativity. The space is located in Eastern Market in Detroit up five flights of stairs (my endurance is rapidly improving due to this!!) on the top floor of an old brick building with high ceilings and windows all around. I share the space with amazingly talented artists including mural painters Meggs and 0uizi as well as an illustrator textile artist and a mixed media artist. It brings me so much joy to create surrounded by other people working creatively and have them around to bounce ideas off of or take a break and hang out with.
We call our studio collective Five Palms Studio and have open studio days on Saturdays during the market every now and again. We're excited to have them more frequently and open the space up for events.
I have a number of tools in my studio for natural dyeing including large stock pots, mesh strainers, thermometers, wooden spoons, and many jars of dried flowers and dyestuffs. We have a kitchen stove in the space where I do most of my dyeing. I typically have a few large cauldron style pots going at once.
I use a drying rack and a clothesline in the bathroom and laundry area to hang everything after it has been dyed and washed. A lot of the time I have multiple projects going on at once - lots of things pre soaking, mordanting, sitting in a dye pot, hanging to dry etc! Dyeing with plants takes much more time than conventional dyeing so it really helps me not feel impatient to be bouncing around between projects.
On a typical day I like to enjoy a slow morning at home writing morning pages (as per The Artist's Way) and drinking coffee and then do any computer work before moseying over to my studio around 2pm and working there until the sun sets around 8.
I have a number of ready to shop pieces available in the studio and welcome anyone to come by for a chat, a cup of my homemade kombucha and shop in person :-)
If you're in the area and would like to stop by please feel free to reach out through the contact form here and sign up for the email newsletter (below) to be notified of future open studio days and events.