Interview by Chalsley Taylor
Cedar-Eve Peters is an Anishnaabae visual artist and beader from the Ojibwa nation, currently based in Montreal. Cedar sat down with me to discuss the nature of her workspace and its relationship to her beading practice. We also grappled with a question previously asked on the dhtoph blog: “do we really need a designated space for work that we can just as easily do at home or our favorite coffee house?”
The transcription has been edited for clarity.
So how would you describe your lab space?
Very messy. Like right now it’s very disorganized.
Could you talk about where it’s located?
Oh yeah. My workspace is also my bedroom, so sometimes that’s annoying because I can’t separate workspace from sleep space. I guess it’s kind of organized. Everything’s in containers at least, but it just seems like things are all over the place right now.
What would you say the workspace itself consists of?
Mm…beads? You mean the materials?
Not so much the materials but the things your going to use. Like this chair, and that desk, the way it folds down, the cutting mat and the loom, your boxes of beads; these are all things that you need to get this work done.
Yeah. I guess I don’t think about that. Containers and shelves. Mostly containers I guess. A bunch of lights.
Not so much right now. [laughs]
Surface space must be essential being that you need to be able to see all these tiny beads.
Yeah, if the surface isn’t clean then I feel like I can’t think straight, so that’s annoying. But also, it helps in a way cuz I’m just like, stimulated by everything thats around.
Is that a positive to working in your bedroom?
No. [laughs] I don’t think so. Continue Reading