Jill Rumoshosky Werner
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.