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Fiberarts Studios Contest

 

Laurie Swim
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

My studio/gallery is in a heritage building at the entrance of Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Nova Scotia’s south shore. The building I am in is a wooden flatiron building. I recently moved to this space and have been gradually making it what I need. I have a younger assistant, Clarissa, who works with me and keeps me company without intruding. I hang my works as they are produced in the front room that adjoins the studio. This room is boat shaped at the front, overlooking the street coming into town. The rooms have tin ceilings that were made by the tinsmith who built the building for his business in the early 1900s.

The gallery space for me is where I can quietly gather my thoughts and look at my work as others will see it. Since it is a storefront, visitors can drop by to see the work as it is being created and, later, the finished piece. In the studio, we have two workstations with sewing machines, two design walls, a table for cutting, another for ironing, as well as two more for painting and layout of the work in progress.

 

 

Studio photos: Larry Goldstein (night shot and Laurie at work at night), Laurie Swim

Laurie Swim, Bygones, 2006; silk, cottons, organza, Angelina fibers, polyester satin; machine embroidery, transfer paints (sky), cobweb lace, hairy yarn; 45" x 60" x 2". Photo: Laurie Swim.


Website: www.laurieswim.com


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