For almost 15 years Sonja and I have been Art Partners in one way or another. We started with a "paint-your-own-fabric" business in downtown Lowell in 2002. Four years later we moved that business to Western Avenue Studios about a mile away in a big textile mill building that was being converted to artist studios. The first years in that space we concentrated on selling fiber art supplies, conducting workshops and creating our art. After several years we gave up the supplies business to concentrate on making our own art.
We have shared a studio at Western Ave. for over 10 years now. For several years now, I have been the main user. More and more, life obligations (a full time job, work on a Master's degree, a now two-year-old, and a move to Quincy, MA) have eaten into the time Sonja can spend here. And, my life is changing as well. My husband and I are currently planning a move to Williamsburg, Virginia within a couple of months. So the time has come to give up our shared studio and to dissolve our formal business partnership.
Though we will be living far apart, Sonja and I very much want to keep our Art Partnership & Friends Fabric Art - alive. Thus, this new blog is the next phase in our evolution. Our plan is to write "letters" to each other in this space. We'll share the projects we're working on--what we're excited about and what we're struggling with and want help with. We invite you to share those joys and trials.
As we start this, we are starting the slow process of cleaning out our studio. Packing up what is going with me to Virginia and what is going to Sonja's apartment, and cleaning out those things we no longer need. Saturday April 1 will be the last time we participate in the monthly Open Studios event here at Western Ave. I expect we'll be out of the studio by early May. We hope you'll stop by on April 1 for our farewell sale and that after that we can keep in touch through this blog, Facebook and Instagram.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.