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Fiberarts Studios Contest


Joanie San Chirico
Toms River, New Jersey

I have a new studio! My old studio was in an enclosed sun porch that was freezing in the winter and really hot in the summer. This studio is bright and open. I have a 14- by 3-foot closet with its doors covered with acoustical soundboard that acts as a design wall on which work can be pinned up. Inside, I have storage bins that can rolled out when needed, a unique tiered storage system for finished work, and a commercial print bin for papers and my portfolios. In the alcove near the closet sits my Epson Pro 7800 printer in its own perfect space. I also have a sitting area to reflect on the work in progress or just to read.

For inspiration, I mainly take my own photos, cut pictures out of magazines, or look out the window at the view—one of the best parts of my studio. I look out to a beautiful wooded area, with occasional visits from deer and other wildlife. I live in Central New Jersey, ten minutes from the beach, and about an hour and a half to either Philadelphia or New York City for museum and gallery immersion.




Studio photos: Joanie San Chirico

Joanie San Chirico, Sand Bar #1 and # 2, 2006; disperse dye on synthetic fabric, thread, decorative foil, shaped aluminum hanging bar; original acrylic painting on paper, manipulated and enlarged in Photoshop, digitally printed, hand stitched, embellished with foil (accents), hung on wave-shaped aluminum bar; 6' x 7' each. These double-sided pieces are permanently installed at the Ocean County Library Headquarters, Toms River, New Jersey. Photo: Joanie San Chirico.


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