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Jill Rumoshosky Werner
Wichita, Kansas

To find my art-quilt studio, you’ll have to venture down the basement stairway of my Queen Anne Victorian home. It’ll be worth it, because the moment you turn the corner, you will be greeted by the profusion of colors and textures and the warm, inviting, comfortable environment. Wander around awhile, and you’ll discover that it’s also an extremely efficient workspace.

The first room you enter is my main studio, where I create most of my art and handle paperwork. This room has three large design walls and is filled with wonderful, restored antiques, some of them family heirlooms. A large, cedar-lined closet is full of shelves, providing storage for fiber-art materials, UFOs (unfinished objects), and finished artwork. The table at which I typically work is at a right angle to my sewing-machine table, so all I have to do is swivel my chair to sew. The rotary-cutting area is on top of an antique spool cabinet, facing my table-sized ironing board. I can stand in the same place and turn back and forth, easily working on both surfaces as needed. The ironing board has an additional cork surface glued to the top of the wood, which makes it possible for me to pin down through the heat pad and hold fabric in place to iron it.

The second room is the computer area, along with additional storage and workspace. This area earned me the nickname “The Organizator” because I can put my hands on anything within seconds. Five large storage cabinets along the back wall contain most of my fabric stash. A small refrigerator holds fabric dyes and diet soda. My favorite part of the studio is the corkboard, where I track information about upcoming shows, acceptances, and artworks currently out on exhibit. The system is very low-tech, but it works for me because it’s easy to move the index cards around. Please stop by my website for a longer visit to my studio, as you'll find additional pictures and stories about the antiques.





Studio photos: Jill Rumoshosky

Jill Rumoshosky Werner, Knitted, 2006; cotton fabric, cotton batting, foam, acrylic paint, plastic; machine piecing, machine quilting, painting; 93" x 62" x 6". Photo: Gordon S. Bernstein.


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