Shall we continue the studio tour today? Last was my college studio space. After college when I stayed on as a ‘townie’ I worked in a weaving studio, the Textillery. I wouldn’t call it a studio space for myself but it sure did feed my artistic process side (I didn’t design, I just wove). This was in 1990. I just now went and read their web site and see that they have 26 looms now. Holy smokes. When I was there I think they had 6. I often use what I knew of their story as my inspiration for my own growing business. Somehow in my mind it is a bit different than their history link relates it but still the same idea.
I remember hearing that Judith, the designer, started out selling placemats and other wovens in Brown County, IN and on the side of the road. By the time I worked for them they had 6 looms, a nice space and had accounts with Bloomingdales and the like. I was pretty impressed. That was the first place that I’ve ever heard books on tape. We would listen to about a half hour to hour a day in the afternoon. One of them I remember was Oliver Twist. Now, I know when I had to read that in high school I was bored out of my mind. Books on tape changed that. I couldn’t wait from day to day to get to the next tape.
While I never set out to be Judith Rose or have an art business, 15 years later they are part of my inspiration. If they could build a business that big from starting out selling placemats, why couldn’t I? It always makes me think that you have to start somewhere. Those thoughts have been with me often in the past year and I’m sure they’ll stay with me. It was probably the lowest paying job I ever had but look at what it turned out to be for me 15 years later. You just never know, do you?