• Carol Wiebe

Welcome to my Studio!

Did you think I was just a virtual studio?

Here are my Open Studio Virtual Online Tour pics, to illustrate that I am writing and creating art from a real live studio.

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Reclad dresser


My husband, Ted,  “altered” an old dresser so that it has a beautiful new wooden top and room underneath to put crates on casters. My ipod provides music, and that is one of my art pieces above the dresser. You can also see a beautiful card and book from Kelli Nina Perkins.

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Upper and lower cupboards


Ted also installed a whole bank of cupboards. These Ikea cupboards have a built in ironing board in the small top “drawer.” it is very handy. The little cabinet will soon be suitably decorated. It holds my handmade stamps.

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Stainless steel double sink


I am the very fortunate recipient of a stainless steel, restaurant sink. The piece of wood you see at the top right is a temporary “hood. ” There is a fan behind it, and in the cupboard is a switch I can turn on for airbrushing.

Former bar area turned to storage

Former bar area turned to storage


What was once  a fairly large bar area has sliding doors that enclose sliding carts which I can pull out to access materials that I store there (mostly in banker boxes.) There is a light inside this storage area, and more shelves at the back and along the one side. No space is wasted!

Design Wall

Design Wall


When the doors are closed, they form my design wall. There is enough space between the doors so that items can stay pinned on the design wall even when the I slide the doors either way. The small, colorful plastic drawer unit houses beads.

FIling cabinet

FIling cabinet


I have no excuse not to be organized (does a double negative mean I am organized?) This large vertical filing cabinet is a refurbished one, but the drawers glide beautifully. The small plastic drawer unit holds my embroidery floss.

Work and storage table: I have two of these beauties!

Work and storage table: I have two of these beauties!


IAs I said in the photo caption, I have two of these beauties, designed and built by my talented, ever supportive husband, Ted. Every layer pulls out to hold paper, or works that I am drying and storing. Gwyneth is the small doll you see presiding over the setup of a new project. She was gifted to me by my friend and fellow artist, Margi Hennen.

Here is drawer pulled out.

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The table looks wonky due to my picture taking, not because of the way it was built!


You can see that one “drawer” holds a lot, and keeps the items on it dust free. These are my works, except for the small piece with the crow on the side, which I received from Carla Gordon Kurt.

My sewing area can be seen on the video Cracked Paper Quilts I and Cracked Paper Quilts 2. I will eventually purchase, or Ted will build, a more multi-functional sewing cabinet.

Fabric (or paper) storage unit

Fabric (or paper) storage unit


Another Ted exclusive, this rack will hold fabric or paper. He made it out of copper pipe. The noodles slide on and off as needed. I also use the noodles to export cloth to other places when required.

Below it is another refurbished cabinet.

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Cabinet for sewing supplies


Ted actually burned the leaf design into the wood. The cabinet holds sewing supplies, and is marked by a dressmaker torso from my friend, Diane Jones, who lives in Durham, Ontario. She and her partner, Randy Martin, are multi-talented folks who can create everything from art to houses, and also make music at the same time. (Ted and Randy are both candidates for the Superman designation, as far as Diane and I are concerned.)


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Computer area


My computer work station is absolutely integral to my creative process.

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Light table


Last is my very practical light table. Ted has plans for remaking this as well ~ the different sections need to pull out because it is difficult to put the paper in properly. You can see by his other work that when he puts his hands and mind to it, the light table will retain its practicality but become lovely to look at. In the meantime, it was a mainstay in my stained glass studio, of which the vestiges are now stored in boxes in the garage, but it still comes in very handy when tracing is required. A light switch on the side turns on the lights: it is very bright across the entire surface. I put a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper on it so you could get a sense of the surface size.

The little Sony Digital Handycam is responsible for any videos you have seen so far: Ted is the man behind the camera. He has a good eye and steady hand when it comes to capturing my studio antics.

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