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The Raw Space
Now that you have thought about the array of tech-
niques you can practice in a textile studio, there are a
few basic space issues to consider. Keep the follow-
ing in mind:
The oor and surfaces should be completely clean-
able. (As a fiber lover, you must love rugs and drap-
ery, but in a studio they are not a good idea.)
You will need a sufcient amount of electricity. The
outlets should be well distributed. Having many will
allow for unhindered movement and avoid acci-
dents. Outlets can be on walls, on floors, or retract-
able from the ceiling.
North-facing natural light is ideal because it is neu-
tral in the color spectrum. Colors are most true in
neutral light. You will also need to have plenty of
artificial lightLED “Daylight” bulbs are best. In-
stalling blinds or shades will be important. Win-
dows can function as a simple ventilation system.
If you don’t like the look of LED light-
ing, install a variety of lights. Here are
florescent and halogen lights, which
will provide a neutral light source.
Use Full Spectrum Lighting
Full-spectrum is incandescent or fluorescent
light measuring more than 5500K (degrees
Kelvin) and 91CRI (Color Rendering Index),
meaning that it closely matches sunlight. This
gives you bright, non-glare light that blends
with daylight and offers good color rendition.
You don't need a sink in your main area, but con-
sider installing a utility or slop sink somewhere near
by, perhaps in a bathroom. Plastic utility sinks are
cheap, but dyes might stain them. Stainless steel
sinks are easier to maintain, but pricier. Some mate-
rials and chemicals shouldn’t be mixed in everyday
dishes even if they are nontoxic, so invest in a set of
dishes and reserve it for studio use only.
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The TexT ile ArT isT 's sTudio hAndbook
Components of
a Versatile Studio
There are four very basic components that are nec-
essary for most textile design: the worktable, a heat
source, water source/wet area, and dry/dark areas.
Each component serves many different media.
The Work Table
You will need table space for just
about every type of project, so make sure to select a
table that is versatile. It should be sturdy and large for
both convenience and safety, but should optimize the
space it takes up by using the underside for storage
with drawers or vertical slots for screens. Transform
the table with a removable padded top that can be
stored when not in use. A hard surface is good for
some things, but a padded top is essential for printing
on fabric and helpful when sewing garments. Instruc-
tions for making a simple padded table topper are at
the end of this chapter. If you are on a tight budget,
your dining room table will work well, but you might
disturb other parts of your life.
TOP The table shown here can be
completely modified with a removable
padded table top, vertical slots for
screen storage, and drawers for stor-
ing fabric and other materials.
MIDDLE A work table that works
best for your lifestyle will work
best for your studio. It’s fine if you
will need to use your dining table
because you can make a padded table
topper to protect it. The table topper
also makes it easy for you to work
LEFT Store your yarn cones on yarn
trees to make them accessible from
all sides. The yarn trees keep yarns
from getting dusty or moth-eaten and
if you put them on wheels, they are
completely mobile.
The Keys to Storage
Consider all your workspaces as possible
space for storage. Organization within your
storage areas is key, keeping tools and materi-
als less cluttered and easier to find. Use small
bins or drawers, zipper lock plastic bags,
or drawer separators to make space for the
various things you’ll need. You can find some
lovely, more expensive storage choices, or a
trip to a dollar store could prove a source of
inexpensive, yet functional storage items.
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