3. Women's Studio Workshop

It was great to be back at Women's Studio Workshop, my third time working there (twice teaching and once for a wonderful six weeks as the Paper Studio resident).


  Aside from moving the ArtFarm to a convenient spot up the hill and expanding it, not much has changed studio-wise in the last three years, but that is about to rapidly and dramatically begin to alter, with the aquisition of the already-gutted house next door (below, shot through the paper studio windows), and I plan to be around to show it to you.  


In the meantime, here are some of my favorite features of the current paper studio:


This is THE best vacuum table I have ever, ever used, built by Woody. I don't use a press when I am at WSW.


I love the covered porch cooking, in any season, and walking right outdoors to work, washout, dry things in the sun: summer-expanded studio space. (Photo from 2009; the red beater - also built by Woody - had just been sold; it now belongs to artist Michelle Wilson).


Beautiful ArtFarm papers for sale.


The long counter. I particularly liked it when it was mine, all mine! (Photo from 2009, when that was the case).


New: a curved couching board for larger sheets, which I have not tried.


And, of course, its best feature: it's part of the Soon-To-Be-Expanded 'WSW Compound': all about making the work, all about community.

© Melissa Jay Craig 2015