2015 was a year of fun challenges for Cotton & Flax. I tackled another trade show (NY Now), expanded into licensing my designs, taught workshops, and moved into a lovely little studio in Northeast Los Angeles. This month, I moved out of that wonderful studio, and promptly realized that I never shared the full studio tour here on the blog! Whoops! Time flies — hopefully you’ll still enjoy this glimpse into Cotton & Flax HQ.
I persuaded my friend Jessica Comingore to hop up on a ladder to photograph me at work over the summer — she was a great sport while shooting this studio series for West Elm’s blog.
One of the things I loved most about this studio was the light! The huge windows kept things bright and sunny all day long. A great environment for happy plants and a happy artist. This long table is where I cut down fabric and sew printed fabrics into finished products.
I did tons of printing in this studio, and my printing table is was the perfect place to print each panel of fabric that was made into a Cotton & Flax product.
You might be surprised that my studio was only 220 sq. ft! I was able to do tons of printing projects here, and while this screenprinting area isn’t spacious, it was a great exercise in making the most of a small space. You can see my screen storage area under the printing table, where I stored all the screens that featured Cotton & Flax designs.
I stored products and fabric on shelves along one of the long walls, and it was nice to see my work on display on a regular basis.
The large tabletop is perfect for spreading out and working on large projects. I kept a painted portrait of my cat Frida over my desk, which was painted by my studiomate, Keiko Brodeur.
I’ll really miss this studio! I moved the studio down to San Diego this month, and I’m already missing the vibrant neighborhood of Highland Park, and the friendly faces of my studiomates. I’ve moved into a small studio in San Diego, and I’m excited to get it unpacked, and hopefully share another tour of Cotton & Flax HQ when everything gets settled in.