Honorable Mentions from the 2011 Fiberarts Reader’s Choice Studio Contest
Choosing the winners of the 2011 Fiberarts Reader’s Choice Studio Contest was an inspirational challenge with nearly eighty avid fans from all over the United States and Canada entering the competition. Since over 1,100 readers cast their votes online we’ve decided to share images and prose for an honorable mention studio in each of the four categories. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to participate as both entrants and judges!
Betty Elvgren, Chesapeake, Virginia
Fabric rules! My studio is a dream space with seven windows, two doors, wood floors in a Williamsburg reproduction house. There's a gallery wall to display my quilt art which is in the narrative folk style. England, Border Collies and God's Creation are major inspirations. However, my stash" has taken control or more accurately is out of control. Banker boxes and plastic bins threaten to take over as I've long ago filled the oak mail sorter that was my first "studio" (dining room) piece. This thirty year collection includes my purchases from as far away as India and Malaysia.
Above: Betty Elvgren’s studio in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Mimi Anderson, Friday Harbor, Washington
“I am a weaver and my studio is located on the west shore of San Juan Island. An existing cabin is already on the property; the only remaining spot for the new studio was on a rocky shelf above and behind the residence. We worked with our architect to design studio space where I could have all my weaving tools in one place: looms, dyeing facilities, yarn and fabric storage, a sewing area and an office. I use this space for creating, and to display finished work.
The design is a generous main studio space flowing with natural light that provides ample display space while maintaining incremental views of the sound. The dye room can be fully opened to the exterior in order to allow fumes from dyeing and drying to not permeate the rest of the studio. The sewing room appears as an extrusion of the main space, set into the hill at the back of the studio. Sliding panels hide or reveal access to the back rooms and storage cabinets. When not weaving, I watch orcas swim by!”
Above: Mimi Anderson’s studio in Friday Harbor, Washington.
Best Use of Space
Margie Preninger, British Columbia, Canada
“As you can see I have used every inch of space in my tiny studio! I am a fashion designer (FIT grad), production manager (FIT grad), and a fiber artist. I have had a home-based sewing business on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, for twenty years and I do alterations, re-designing, and custom sewing of all kinds. I've been sewing and creating fiber arts since I was a child, and I love it! I indulge myself with explorations and creativity in all fiber arts and mixed mediums.”
Above: Margie Preninger’s studio in British Columbia, Canada.
Lyn Millward, Charlotte, North Carolina
“I love my studio. It's great to have all my yarn and books in one place so I can see what I have. The bright colors and lighting make it impossible to get me out of the room!
My studio used to be my kids' lazy room" with video games and oversized couches. Now it's affectionately called the ‘crazy room’ by my husband. No matter. I'm still not coming out of this room!”
Above: Lyn Millward’s studio in Charlotte, North Carolina.