Last Saturday night I perched on the edge of a workbench amidst a crowd of 75+ people and bundles of twinkly lights, listening to wonderful live music with a backdrop of papercuts. In my very own studio. There was beer being served in a restored airstream trailer down the way and groups huddled around firepits outside.
Last summer I became a partner at Twispworks in Twisp, Washington, and it couldn’t have been a better gamble. The 1000 ft space is part of an old forest service campus that has been taken over and turned into a thriving hub within our rural community. My neighbors are artists and makers, as well as the local radio station, newspaper, and alternative high school program. It is the perfect amount of interaction as folks wander through, checking out the open studios and native plant garden, or coming for a Methow Skills workshop and then staying to enjoy a bahn mi under the maple trees. Yep we even have a great food truck.
As part of my welcome into this great scene, I have been working on design and artwork for a new community plaza that is to be the heart of this place. My contribution includes 100’ of cut steel panels that wrap around the plaza. Right now they peak out of the snow banks, awaiting the completion of landscaping and construction phases. But as a tentative spring creeps in here, I see a little more of them every day and feel myself settling in to a wonderful new place.
Come visit when you are in the Valley. Twispworks is at the south end of Glover street and I’m the green door at the middle of Building 10. See works in progress, framed originals, and a full collection of book, prints, and cards.
*As you may have noticed ive been off the blogging map for too long. I have good intentions to be more regular in my reports. In the meantime follow me on Instagram @hannahviano to see whats happening in the studio and on the road.