LESLIE KEATING OF MAZE & VALE: Q&A
How many hours a week do you spend in your studio?
It really depends - I work around my kids’ schedules. Some weeks I might only spend a few hours in the studio and do what work I can at home but a normal week, I probably spend about 20 hours there. In the weeks leading up to a market that number usually doubles.
What's your favourite thing about the space?
The light is a huge bonus feature. It makes taking product shots really easy, but my favourite thing is my four meter long printing table. Small by professional screen printing standards, it works well for me and also gives me the space to spread out when I’m putting together kits or basting a quilt.
How, if at all, has being in this space influenced your work?
Having great light available has definitely improved my photography and made my Instagram stream more uniform, which strangely pleases me. Having a bigger print table allows me to be more productive during studio time.
What would your dream workspace look like?
My dream workspace would be a custom built space at home, ideally on a first floor with a bush or ocean view. About 60-80 square meters with bright white walls, worn wooden floors, maybe some exposed brick or beams, a pitched roof and huge windows perfectly placed to get the best light. It would be big enough to have both my printing and sewing/quilting equipment set up in their own areas and plenty of storage space… Sigh, so nice to dream!
Which other creatives are you influenced by?
Oh so many! Lately, I’m really inspired by the patchwork/quilting of Anna Farago, Season Evans, Maura Grace Ambrose and Meg Callahan, and the painting of Julian Meager, Stephen Baker and Tiel Seivl-Keevers.
MAZE & VALE: LINKS
Maze & Vale Shop
I hope you liked this first instalment of Studio Space. It sure was fun for me to begin this project, and super inspiring - visiting Leslie's studio and looking at some of her beautiful freeform quilts made me want to go and sew one myself right away.
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