When I was a child, I used to go to the home of a graphic designer who had her studio in the basement. I loved to wander downstairs and look at her papers, her pristine white drawing table and best of all her markers, perfectly lined up in the full rainbow of colours. Seeing ALL the colours in perfect order gives me an enormous thrill to this day. And that is why I love going into the studio of textile artist, Michelle Sirois-Silver.
|These fabric stacks are my favourite things in her studio,
the textile equivalent of a paintbox.
I first met Michelle when she moved into the shared studio across the hall from my studio, and then followed her into her studio in the basement of her home, and then I helped her link up with her current studio. I’ve been wanting to take photographs of Michelle’s studio ever since I saw her first studio, and now with the Culture Crawl on the horizon, I can feature this lovely spot and anyone can visit it as well.
|Michelle, hard at work.|
My favorite part of the studio is where ever I am at the moment I am creating something.
|The old and the new.|
Can you tell me about your studio routine?
I’m in the studio everyday 10-6pm. I like to begin the day by organizing and putting away any new items and materials that I have brought with me that morning. I set up my computer, cup of coffee in hand and begin work. Generally, I reserve activities like magazine and grant writing, marketing, and updating my website for home. I may pick up my rug hooking where I left off the following day, do some fabric dyeing, or create samples for a new work. I take photographs of my work in different stages and I’ll use these images as a record of the process or for promotional purposes. While I’m working I listen to CBC radio, music or audio books. I try to schedule studio visits for the afternoon. The day concludes with about fifteen minutes of clean up which includes a daily vacuum to keep the dust and fabric pieces under control.
|A little sampler which I found quite beautiful.|
What is one thing that really inspires your creativity?
This post is the kick off to a series of posts I will be writing on the Crawl, as we head up to the big event.