Wednesday, July 6, 2016

RENOVATION: How I spent the 4th of July

Starting on Monday, our studio will be basically closed as we do major RENOVATION. But, don't worry, it is going to be SO NICE when it is done! I'm so happy with the work and look so far. Looking forward to resetting it and seeing the whole thing come together.

My studiomate retired last week after being at the Torpedo Factory Art Center for 43 years. She was a great mentor and friend and I will miss her. However, in the meantime, I will have a lovely oil painter join me in the studio. We decided to mix it up, tear it down and make something new. Check out the progress!

After my studiomate left, the walls were looking very bear. Note the big grey wall thing with the window in it. Taking that thing down was fun, faster and also messier than we thought.

BEFORE: All my work was over to one side of the room.

I set up shop in the middle for the weekend.
I patched holes for hours and hours. So many little nail holes...
The morning the major work started. Everything basically had to be moved into the hall. Good thing we were closed!

Susan, my new studiomate, works on cutting in the wall of the base coat.

Stacy, one of my best friends, throws her manual labor into it. Stephen, my new studiomate's husband, was an awesome help to us, taking most of that counter/wall down himself.

Counter top unit that was left, work in progress...

Stacy made sure to document me working as well. 

Work, work, work, work

Everyone wanted to see the new wall color!!

Our friend, Barbara Muth, stopped by to check out the work and the new color of our doors.

Susan loved the line left by the roller

Looking good!!

I work on a bookcase that will be a 'free standing' wall

PURPLE!! Can't wait to see what it looks like after two fully dried coats.
That's it for now. It is a big pile of paint supplies, covered furniture and all my stuff boxed and bagged up. Like any move or change, a big pain while you're going through it. And, so lovely and awesome when you get to the other side! Check back for the after look!

I hope to be reopen this weekend.. but so much more work to do before that.....Thanks for following along with the work! ~Jen

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Where the heck is Jen-A-Fusion??

Where the heck is Jen-A-Fusion??? Well, I'm here, really!! I have been *so busy* the last few months!! I have been teaching a lot and that takes up a good amount of time. Time I enjoy, but still it is a big change from not teaching.

I have been working away, making some new aprons, bags and really cute lightweight, knit spring hats and more! I have some great shows coming up- one is this weekend. So, you might be able to find me other places than at my studio in the Torpedo Factory. Check to the right of these posts to find shows I'll be attending.

ALSO, technology and social media are fun things. I've been spending some time on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, where I post a lot more often. I post photos of works in progress, class projects, food I'm eating, places I'm vending and much more!

If you would like to find and follow me on other platforms than right here, check me out on:




What have you been up to? What are you making? ~Jen

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Made in Alexandria Pop-Up Shop

On the first floor of the Torpedo Factory is a small selection of gifts that are priced right where you need them, all below $100. All my work in this shop is below $40! If you don't have the time to walk around all THREE FLOORS of artwork, but still would like to support small, local craftspeople, please stop by!

The shop will be open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm December 20-23 and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on December 24.

For more information, please check out the event on Facebook or the Torpedo Factory website.  

Happiest of holiday to you and yours! ~Jen 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December Studio Hours in Studio 320 at the Torpedo Factory

In order to better serve people visiting the studio for holiday shopping, we are trying to keep to these core hours. Please do be aware that the studio might be open earlier or later than posted dates and also might change.

Thank you for your interest and support of our work and community! Have a wonderful holiday season! ~Jen

Annual Jingle Mingle!

Hope to see you there!! ~Jen

Monday, November 2, 2015

Holiday shows and some closures

Happy Fall, Y'all!!

As we're all in the post Halloween-sugar induced-time change coma, I know it is hard to even want to *think* about the holiday season. "Can we just have a few weeks???" I hear you whine. Yes, of course, relax, get the stretch pants out and think about turkey for a while.

In the meantime, others will just move ahead. Plans are being made, invitations sent. Decorations hung and lists tallied.

So, with that in mind, please be aware of two major things: the Torpedo Factory, where I have my studio, is the site of many events during the year and they only ramp up during this time. This means two things to you: first, this could mean closures for rentals. PLEASE PLEASE check the closing times for that day you might plan to come, as they might differ from my normal open times. The hours of the Factory will always trump my own hours.

***Check for the hours of the day you plan to visit. Early, 5pm closures are happening this week on Thursday, November 5; Friday, November 6; and Saturday, November 7.***

Also, I will be doing many events that might take me out of the studio on my regular days. They are up to date as of right now on this page and also on my Facebook page, under events. I'm so looking forward to such great events as the Downtown Holiday Market!

I hope to see you sometime over this holiday season! ~Jen