Hi Resolution – New Years Studio Meet and Greet!

Welcome to my studio! I am joining with 11 other artists on a hop through our studios. We are showing you where we spend the majority of our time, creating new art, designs, and other creative endeavors. I invite you to check out each of the fabulous studios of the other artists by clicking on the links below or the forward button.

New Years Artist Studio Visit

The artists participating in this hop are:

Aaron Christensen

Barbara Johansen-Newman

Beth Logan

Brenda Pinnick

J. Wecker-Frisch

Karen Embry

Paula Joerling

Phyllis Dobbs

Samantha Walker

Sharon Himes

Shelly Comiskey

Sue Zipkin

My studio is a work in progress and if I ever finish it, I will probably be starting over within a few weeks! I work best with everything completely organized (not that I stay organized) and have created distinct areas in my studio for the way I work. I keep striving for the perfect work flow to fit me and the various techniques that I use. After a recent big upheaval and reorganization of my studio, I think I have found the best arrangement for me, although I’m 100% sure I will continue to tweak it.

I am both and artist and designer.  My art is licensed for various products such as fabrics, garden flags, kitchen textiles and more. I also design quilt and sewing patterns and have a new quilt book debuting in April. In addition I work with textiles and mixed media.  So with working in all 3 of these mediums, I have have tons of “stuff” that I use.  So all of my supplies need to be where I can find them easily in addition to being close at hand.

Pyllis Dobbs Studio Drawing and Painting Table

My drawing/painting table and supplies are located next to a set triple windows so I can catch the natural light. Sometimes it’s hard to keep my focus inside.  I have 2 plastic storage units with drawers to hold paints and painting supplies. They tuck neatly under the left edge of my table when not in use and are easy to pull out when I need them. I’ve been repainting a lot of my studio furnishings and have painted the filing cabinet and the multi-drawer cabinet turquoise. Both are great for holding additional supplies. The cabinet with the small drawers has 30 drawers and is my favorite for storage.

Studio View

My studio is on the 2nd floor of my home but the view from my windows is like looking from a 5th floor window or a treehouse. Our backyard drops at a steep slant to a bubbly creek at the bottom.  Although I like the winter view, my favorite is the spring and summer with all the green. The fall is also beautiful with the golds, oranges and reds as the leaves turn. Like I said, sometimes its hard to keep my focus inside, especially when there is a woodpecker knocking away.

Studio cutting table

My fabric cutting table is set up in front of bookshelves filled with all my craft, needlework and quilting books. I love books as well as magazines (stacks of which are at one end of the cutting table). I use an antique chair that was my grandmothers to hold a large roll of batting behind the table making the batting easy to pull out as I need it. My cutting rulers are stored under the table and another plastic drawer unit and a low book shelf unit tucked under the table hold all my cutting tools and supplies.

Studio sewing area

My sewing area is set up in one end of my studio with an antique pub table painted white and a low white table. I store fabrics in an antique triple armoire that I bought at an auction years ago. To keep all my threads, fibers, buttons and all things related to sewing handy, I use two plastic drawer units stacked together as well as a white bookcase loaded with smaller draw units. I save all sizes of jars to hold buttons, pins, and anything else that needs a home.

Studio crafting and work area

This table is my play space. I craft, draw, play with textiles, ribbons and beads, and create mixed media here. For a before and after makeover of the chair, visit my chair makeover post. You can’t see them all but I have lots of storage boxes filled with the supplies I use in this area. You can see a black ribbon storage rack on the wall and part of my 8 ft. cork idea board.  You may wonder what I do with all those red folders on the cabinet behind the table.

Red folders for organization

I travel a lot with my business and accumulate a lot of paper for each trip – hotel and airline reservations, badge and show information, and classes plus a multitude of other papers related to a trip. I used to have a horrible time keeping up with the papers for each trip, having to rush around at the last minute searching through stacks of  papers or files. So I came up with the “Red Folder Method of Keeping Travel Records Straight”. I taped red folders on the front of this cabinet and annotate each folder with a post it note for the trip. Then I put all my papers for that trip in the folder as I receive them. I keep the trips in order and move the information up after a trip. It works for me and has been a big help with my travel organization.

Computer area in the Phyllis Dobbs' studio

This area is the brain of my studio – the computers where I put it all together digitally. A shelf unit holds the printers and scanners close for easy access and so I don’t have to reach too far. All my papers for printing are stacked on a shelf unit under my desk. The desks with the computers plus the crafting work desk above form a large U shape area that works fabulously for me.

Phyllis Dobbs Studio Cat

And, what studio is complete without a studio cat (or dog). I adopted Kitty Kat when he was about 6 months old and since he answered to Kitty, I kept that as his name. I should have named him Lucky because he lives a life of relaxation and luxury and thinks he’s boss of the house. He loved my old CRT monitors in the top picture, but didn’t like it much when I went to flat screens. He loves helping me put together things, such as this Ikea drawer unit – maybe its the supervising part he loves. But resting in a chair close by while I work is his favorite activity. I think he’s wishing for a hammock.

Thanks for visiting and please hop forward to visit the other artists studios!

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22 Comments

  1. Drool! What a wonderful studio! Mine is no near as large and organized as yours. Joan

  2. Hi Phyllis – Your studio shots look great! This is so fun and inspiring to see. Looks like a great place (serene) to create.

  3. beautiful!
    love the views and THAT paint rack – ugh. bestill my heart!

    thank you for sharing!

  4. Holy moly Phyllis… what big monitors your have… and what a wonderful studio!!

  5. Phyllis,

    Your studio is awesome…and your view from the window is beautiful!

  6. I love your studio, Phyllis! It’s wonderful of you to share and I can’t wait to see the others. I may not get any work done today. 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing your studio. Hopefully it will inspire me to get my sewing room better organized. I am not an artist nor designer, but I can sew and follow directions. 🙂
    Love the view from your window.

  8. Phyllis your studio is sooo inviting!! It is incredible.. and the view from your window is a dream of mine! Just Beautiful!

  9. Love your Kitty Phyllis!

  10. Phyllis I love the warmth and coziness of your space! And the view! SO impressed with how organized and orderly things are; I really need to be better about that. Plus–I may steal that red folder solution!

  11. I love how your studio is so full of color! It must be a cheerful and pleasant place to come up with all your delightful designs.

  12. What a great work space! I agree, the view is divine. I’m pretty darn jealous of that little blue 30 drawer cabinet but if I can’t have it, I’m glad you can! Love the turquoise walls!

  13. Aaron Christensen

    Phyllis, your space is a charming and dynamic as you are, but let’s get onto the true topic on my mind. How in the heck are you such a technological genius, I don’t see any robots computing or geeky assistants hiding under the desk.
    Thanks for sharing your studio!

  14. Loved the tour Phyllis-I am envious of your beautiful view.
    p

  15. I really love your studio, everything is so organized. It is wonderful , I also love your studio cat. Thanks so much for showing us your beautiful environment.

  16. Holy cow! That tree house view is to die for! I’m starting to see a cat theme here…and I’m definitely not in that trend. Does that mean I have to get a cat to be an official artist? I do have a dog…but it seems that may not count. Wow…3 computers…that’s crazy! You must be three times productive, right? Your red folder method for travel plans is a good one! So inspired!

  17. hi Phyllis, so so fun to see everyone’s creative space. thanks for sharing ;o)

    Terri

  18. Can I move in? Your studio is huge and so well organised. I love the outlook too.

  19. I could just move in there Phyllis! Has anyone noticed how nicely the turquoise painted furniture and accent wall coordinate with the background of this blog? LOL you are flawless darling! And that is one handsome Kitty too…

  20. Hi Phyllis- I love your color choices, the view, and your innovative way of keeping your travels organized. I would have a very difficult time concentrating on anything with that view before me every day! As I “hop” I am seeing that most of you have studio cats. I had my studio dog for 16 years and would love a studio cat now, but hubby is allergic- so give Kitty Kat some extra love from me, ok?

  21. Phyllis, this is a great space and your view…..much like mine! I can see for miles, hills and valleys and wildlife. Don’t you just love and appreciate wonderful windows with sunshine and a view into the world! I find it such a necessity.

    Loving YOUR studio pals as well! Mine has her own little bed in my studio. The strange thing is…she actually snores! LOL! Music to my ears.

    I like your idea of the folders on the cabs. I’ve also noticed how creative we all are with our spaces in order to make everything fit and be convenient.

    Lovely place!
    Diane

  22. What a wonderful space! I’m so glad I happened upon the blog hop.

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