Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Studio Sweep

But first, a shoe shot especially for Bella's ShoeShine.  

~ my flamin' oxfords (from ebay, of course) ~
Thank you, Bella!

Not nearly as cool, but still substantial, are my shots of the newly revamped and reorganized studio for sewing.  Check It Out!



view of the studio from the entrance
Now, slowly turn to your right...
an old glass table and chairs with casters sit in the middle of the room
Keeping moving right...
 crates hold my scraps of fabric, sorted by color
Turning the corner, still going to your right...
shelving holds my fabric stash rolled up and sorted by color with boxes on top housing UFOs
Keep moving around...
 3 drawers for beads and broken jewelry next to a rolling wire basket thingy that stores trims
The door on your left is a walk-in closet.  The door on your right is a small room with wall-to-wall shelves that holds all my art supplies/ equipment.  It's closed because Spring cleaning has not yet arrived there.

As we continue on...
a metal cabinet holds patterns and a rolling clothes rack fits over it
And finally, we're back where we started, only closer up.
looking out the window onto the enclosed back porch my old clothes are shelved and arranged by color
That's wear the grist for the mill is stored.  Clothes that don't fit, I don't want/ like, or whatever.  They go there to await their turn to be harvested for buttons, zippers, cloth or to be refashioned in some way or another.  That's why I don't thrift, nor do I buy anything new.  I have plenty of stuff to keep me going for my life time and then some.  Ok, except I do buy ebay shoes.  I just don't know how to make 'em.


16 comments:

  1. Those shoes look an awful lot like a pair of Doc Martens I just picked up at the local charity shop (£2). I really like the chunky unesthetic quality of this type of shoe. I am on a clothing fast, but, well, the shoes came home with me nonetheless.
    Your sewing room is covetable. Wonderful to have a space dedicated to repurposing. I think most of us in the first world could go without buying material things for a long long while if we wanted to. I find it admirable you are trying to do so. About a decade ago I started buying mostly 2nd hand things and then it slowly eased into not buying almost anything at all. There is creativity and pleasure in limitation isn't there?
    Btw, don't know if you are familiar with this blog, but it's really charming and I thought you might like it (I only just found it):
    http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.be/

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    1. These shoes are Fluevogs.
      We have more space in the house than we need, so I have that area as my cat-free creativity zone. I should've mentioned that all the shelving, crates, desk and mirror were found as is in our alley. The other stuff in there is a couple decades old.
      I've heard of the blog, but hadn't check it out yet. Now I will. I enjoyed the other one you suggested earlier. Thanks.

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  2. I thought those were Fluevogs - such cool colours! That is a stellar studio space. I always think that if I had a space to work in that wasn't full of clutter I might make things more often.

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    1. Yes, I've been able to find the most interesting shoes via ebay.
      You're probably right. I've found having a dedicated studio space a real necessity for my creative spirit. It's been an ongoing priority in my life, either where I lived or external to it, since the early 70s.

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  3. Love your Fluevogs! Sadly I've given my decades-old Flues boots away because they felt like I was wearing lead weights on my poor delicate feet. I did love them. Sigh.

    Gee, and I thought I had a stash - or more properly stashes. What a great workspace! Looks like you could get a lot done there. Yes, I totally agree with having a dedicated creative space. Mine are the 2 top floor bedrooms in our small house plus a goodly chunk of the laundry room (for dye studio). I had to wait until the kids left home before I could take over so much though!

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    1. Yea, they are heavy, like Doc Martens, but they keep me from falling over.
      A lot of my stash is inherited, or been given to me, or just plain old. And then again, I have been caught red-handed buying new fabric on sale sometimes...

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  4. Those shoes are what a male workmate used to describe as "chunky but funky" which always made me smile.
    Great work space, so bright and orderly. Your fabric puts my creased pile crammed in the Ottoman to shame. xxx

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    1. That's me all right, 'chunky but funky!.'
      I don't think there's much that could put you to shame, Vix. And it's certainly not my fabric stash!

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  5. Great kicks! I'm glad there are some things you can't make- you're pretty amazing with the machine there! I LOVE the idea of the "wardrobe" harvest. You re-make and re-use. That is perfect use of things. My dream is/was to create an artist collective where there is a big warehouse of items to be upcycled. Textiles in one corner and having all sorts of folks just grab what they need, and get it organized so that re-use could just keep going. Same for furniture and other notions. Someday...i hope.

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    1. Wouldn't that be cool?! Perhaps what we need alongside the Secondhand First option is a Harvest What You Have, or some such thing...hmmm...

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  6. Love the shoes, of course! But also adore your space. There's nothing more amazing than having a great space to work in.

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    1. Hey Megan, you and Amber are my shoes muse. A room of your own is full of amazing grace.

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  7. Oh my gosh your studio is so well organized!!! LOVE the shoes!

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    1. Of course, you only get to see it on the good days...

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  8. I'm feeling guilty because the urge to make messes is so much stronger in me than the urge to clean them up. I'm about to go try to cut out a skirt on the dining room table 'cause my other spaces are covered! Sigh.
    But your shoes are flamin' fabulous!

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    1. Hey, it's been a whole week and my studio is still functional! So far I've been cleaning up after myself. ha. I usually let it go until I can't even walk in the place, let alone find anything. So don't bother feeling any guilt on my account. I'm just showing off my tidy self.

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