I have been creating quilts and fiber art for seventeen years. Currently, I have over 200 pieces of varying sizes, some framed and some not, in house. The earlier pieces are individuals, done before I began to work in multiple piece series.
I've begun to explore topics. My previous was North Korea. Currently, I am content focusing on water, specifically the shoreline. This means that I am actually creating more, in shorter amounts of time. I am committing myself as a full time artist - working at a minimum thirty hours in my studio a week. (Keep in mind that as an artist, not all work happens in the studio.)
Being more productive, while good for me as a growing artist, I can see might be an issue for keeping a clean studio and home. Working in themes/topics is producing far more pieces than I was before. At this rate, storage is going to be an issue with in a year or two.
Obviously the ideal resolution, would be for most of the pieces to sell. Realistically that isn't going to happen, and I am going to need to find a way to deal with the situation.
Currently I am using some fabulous pants hangers from Target. But I am using half of our entryway closet. This has meant moving hoodies and sweaters upstairs into the bedroom closet. The hangers however, alleviate the fear of hard creases, and I make sure to put enough pieces in, that the hanger doesn't leave much crease at all. I have the framed pieces leaning against the walls in my studio - not my ideal storage strategy. I also have a suitcase full of small table top frame pieces.
I really don't have a solution at this point, I am merely hoping to open a discussion here. I'm here to ask you fiber artists that have hundreds of pieces done, how are you dealing with the storage and archiving of your pieces?
I feel uncomfortable with my older pieces, that no one has bough thus for (and likely won't.) What do you do with them? What do you do when you don't want to reduce how much you create because of the space it takes up?
Have any of you dealt with this situation? Let's hear from you, leave a comment below. Want to share your story about this? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your story/pictures here at The Fiber Nation (use Quilt Storage in the subject line).