Sunday, June 27, 2010

Working in the Studio....and it's a MESS

Great weekend.  I've been able to spend the entire time in the studio.  My show is two weeks away so it's the big push to get finished pieces made.  I've got about 50 necklaces but only 20 pairs of earrings so I made pieces parts last night and today did the unthinkable.....I sanded.  The world didn't stop turning, my lungs didn't dry up and collpase....not even the cats noticed this terrible thing I was doing.  Actually most of what I did was run a wet finger around the pieces...which I like to do because it give a softer edge to the pieces.  Since I like to texture with ancient languanges and symbols, the soft edge makes the piece look worn.  But I did sand a little.

But I was safe and wore a mask.  You see, sanding isn't a bad thing. It doesn't mean that your craftsmanship is crap if you want or need to sand an edge.  It's just a different way of working.  Off the top of my head I can't think of one art form that doesn't have hazards for the artist. But as an artist you need to take personal responsibility and precautions.  Hence....the mask. 

I've taken over the dinning room table for photography, inventory and packaging.....

My studio is a mess.... a huge mess. And it's not going to get cleaned anytime soon!!  My corner desk is devoted to assembly.

The metal clay desk...with Safety Cat and Safety Mouse watching everything I do. Safety Mouse also used a dust mask.

And Sophie.....during the day she takes over Lou's Cave and sleeps in his chair.


Wendy McManus said...

That's it. I'm sending the metal clay sanding police to your house immediately to take you away!

We love seeing your messy workbench. It makes the rest of us feel so much better about our own messes. Except me, of course. I'm perfect in every way and NEVER make a mess when I'm working. (HA!)

Ziva said...

Love your work, Gail. And yes, sanding is ok from time to time. I agree. Do you mind sharing where you get these rusty looking chains? Thanks, Ziva

Gail said...

Hi Ziva, Love your name!! The chains are antiqued brass from Vintaj. I buy them in bulk on 50ft spools.

Gail said...

Hey Wendy. I used to feel so bad that I work in such CHAOS. But then realized that just about all of us do.

Karen Elmquist said...

It looks blissful and perfectly normal to me. I try to not have a messy worktable but I can't seem to do it. Tidy stifles Creative. So glad to see Safety Cat and Safety Mouse are being helpful.