Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space

Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space

Cate Coulacos Prato

Language: English

Pages: 160


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Inside the Creative Studio is your ticket to turn your vision of a dream studio space into a reality.

The professional artists and crafters of Studios Magazine give you the tools to create your own one-of-a-kind artistic environment in this best-of compilation. Learn how to find space in your home, whittle down your stash, maximize your storage and organization possibilities, and manage your stash of supplies and equipment to keep your work space functional and fun to work in. Experts will also show you how to repurpose furniture, integrate recyclables, and showcase vintage items to establish a space with purpose and personality. You will spend less time struggling with your studio, or lack thereof, and more time actually creating in your unique space.

Regardless of your time, money, or space, Inside the Creative Studio offers charming and innovative solutions for every lifestyle. Artists and crafters of all types, including quilters, fiber artists, mixed-media artists, jewelry makers, sewists, painters, writers, bloggers, and more, share their stories, tips, and studios. Beautiful photographs and friendly dialogue walk you through these active spaces as if you were getting your own private tour. From spacious oases to cute and compact retreats, each space offers countless inspirational ideas.

With some of the best articles and creative inspiration from Studios Magazine, Inside the Creative Studio offers everything you need to know to spend less time fussing with your space and more time enjoying your creative work.

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some direction in putting a studio together. Nothing! I eventually chose a white-and-black color scheme because I didn’t want anything to fight with my art. I started collecting frames, mirrors, and black-and-white objects from garage sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. I added some yellow because it encourages creativity, and it adds a great pop of color against the black and white. The wall of frames adds texture, and the mirrors reflect light. My two art desks are built from cabinets that I

color is cheery and playful, yet sophisticated—exactly what I had hoped for. In less than one week, everything was up, displayed, and looking just as sparkly as I had imagined it. I have literally surrounded myself with all the inspiration and prettiness to make me feel happy, invigorated, and constantly creative. My studio contains endless vintage finds, customized and repainted furniture, my artwork, art from friends and discovered artists, as well as special items that belonged to my beloved

planning. When my husband and I first moved into our house in the foothills of the Sierras, the long-neglected barn on the hill reminded us of a promise we had made: someday, we would have an art studio. PHOTOS BY GINNY BURDICK AND DAVID HOFFMAN We began collecting ideas: a box of magazine photos, catalogs, ideas jotted onto notebook paper, photos of studios we had visited, sketches and more sketches. For more than ten years, that box kept filling. Periodically, we would

made from yarns of many colors.” – MARGERY ERICKSON, WEAVER PHOTOS BY ALBERT R. SARVIS The studio started as an idea. It was an alternative plan if Margery and I didn’t buy a small weaving business and move to New Hampshire. Once the decision to stay put was made, the focus became: what would be needed and how should it look? MARGERY’S STUDIO design The space had to hold several looms, a sewing machine desk, and storage for yarn and supplies. A common error, making it too small, was

files into thirds and added doors. In these cubbies, I keep my thread collection in plastic storage boxes (arranged by type and color), more paper, and a backup sewing machine. My 8' sewing/cutting/ironing table is the height of a kitchen countertop. My husband built this unit when we lived in a previous house, but it fits nicely in this one. It has a lot of storage space below, and the large flat drawers are wonderful for storing rulers, mats, and large pads of paper. More flowerpots in my

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