The Artsy Gardener of Southampton, Debra Morphet, not only creates an
unusual art form but now she has an unusual space in which to create.
Morphet, a Floorcloth Artist, has been working with acrylics for more
than 20 years in designing and making floor cloths. Her works have been
displayed at the Southampton Art Gallery and many of her custom
floor cloths are in homes throughout the area.
Floor cloths were, in fact, one of the earliest forms of floor coverings
that became popular in England in the 1700s. Eventually, they made their
way to North America but, with the development of linoleum at the the
turn of the 19th century, interest in floor cloths waned. Today, however,
they have become popular once again, both as an art form and as unique
area floor coverings with the resurgence of hardwood flooring. Made with
water-based products, floor cloths do not 'off gas' like carpeting and,
therefore, have become a popular option for anyone with allergies.
In the past, Morphet has worked in her home but, now, she has a brand
new unique studio - a dome. The 378 sq. Ft. dome, 22 feet in diameter,
is an environmental wonder designed and built by The Great Lakes Dome
Company in Southampton.
The spacious studio is heated with a small electric stove and large
windows and French doors provide the needed light that every artist
needs. "I've always wanted by own studio so that I could work right
through the winter," says Morphet, "but I also knew that I wanted
something totally different and the dome is perfect. It's also a place
where I can play my music and, because it's almost completely
sound-proof, I won't bother the neighbours."
Sunday afternoons from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., the Artsy Gardener
welcomes visitors into her studio. "People can come and see how
floor cloths are created," says Morphet, "but it's also an opportunity
for anyone who has never been inside a dome building to see one."
For viewing Morphet's art or studio at other times, call 519-797-2494 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org and to
see a dome construction in progress ... click below:
A design that resembles terracotta tile
Custom floor cloth runner ordered for entryway
Artsy Gardener, Debra Morphet, at work on a custom floor cloth order
A custom designed floor runner
Dramatic design and colour was asked for
A special order to match an existing pillow print
Modern geometric design