I have been dreaming about building a dye studio for over three years. About a year ago I got serious about making it a reality and began the great envisioning project. Where should it be? Close to the house? Outside? Attached to the shop? Renovate the white shed in the field? All these ideas (some based in reality, others in the "stuff dreams are made of" category) had been tossed around in my mind for about a year before I decided on a location. The garage. It basically came down to practical reasons, because let's be real, firstly, there was already water and electric there and secondly, a lot of my life takes place in my home and the ability to jump in and out of it, though sometimes distracting, is still a necessity. So here I am.
In early October I began removing the disgusting old cabinets and counter tops out of the garage in preparation for my brother's visit. My oldest brother, a super talented carpenter, and my husband built frames for two pieces of glass a friend had given to me. The windows were installed on the southwest and northwest walls of the garage. The lighting it has provided has been excellent for my camera work and overall inspiration. Let's face it, the space you work in is as important as the work you are trying to create within it.
I was able to score some old workbenches that needed some refinishing and they have proven to be excellent finds for both function and beauty, two of the guiding principles I bring to all my work. I also found two old bakery racks that will be made into drying racks for my plant material from the dye garden and foraging excursions. Another brother had given me his genius beer brewing operation that was no longer in use (3 stainless kegs with burners!) and a rolling steel cart to push out on the driveway when the major dye projects get going. I bought two induction burners to play with for the day to day of color and dye exploration. They work really well for what I am doing at the moment.
So its happening. I have a dye studio. Three years in the making. I imagine most people wouldn't have taken so long to get to this point but it seems I am a slow to take action and require plenty of time to make the vision a reality. Here are some snaps along the way.