SO. My husband is super construction savvy: building roads, buildings, houses, etc.. I grew up around the business. Between the two of us, projects are forever popping up. After graduating college, I no longer had access to the fully stocked printmaking lab. I was bound to my spare bedroom and whatever I could fit in the 10x10 foot space. I obviously can’t have a lithography press, a dark room, or silk screen equipment. I don’t think my pier house could hold a bagillion pound Vandercook Press or the lead type that would go with such a press.
In the mean time, I’ve been making the best and highest use out of this 100 square feet. I was lucky enough to stumble across a C&P 6.5x10” Pilot Press. The tabletop press was perfect for the space I have. I’ve been functioning pretty well (and tight) from my spare bedroom studio, and rightfully so. Everyone should start from the bottom. I have big dreams that don’t even know they exist yet. Poor dreams, they don’t even know what’s coming!
I was also lucky enough to marry my high school sweet heart, build our dream home, and start a family. We’ve done so much in our short little married life, and projects, well, they’ll just continue to pop up.
my current project: STUDIO/OUTDOOR LIVING
If Pinterest were invented when we built our home, we’d still be picking out light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, and all the awesomeness Pinterest has inspired! Our current project is an outdoor living area with an attached studio. My garage is dettached from our house, so this was the perfect structure to build against.
Plans have been completed, forms have been set, concrete has been poured. framing next week. STAY TUNED…
a week or so later
Concrete has been poured, walls are up (studio walls at least), roof is on. The rain did NOT hold out before the roof was on, but all is well. Louisiana weather is so unpredictable. If there’s a 20% chance of rain, that typically means there is a 100% chance of rain over 20% of your area. Two days ago, it stormed at my house, my neighbor was dry. Of course, neighbors around my parts are about a mile away, but still.
With the inspiration of EVERYTHING around me, I’ve had endless ideas. Every time I walk outside into the construction zone, I give my husband a new set of plans. He will kill me one day.
I’ve attempted to clean out my old studio. I opened my closet and was nearly buried in a giant garage sale pile of someone else’s treasure. Things are getting there though! SO EXCITED, I REALLY MAY JUMP OUT OF MY SKIN!!!
(little guy was helping out)
Lately, I’ve been so giddy, that I’m hyper motivated to clean out, move furniture, order some outdoor wicker set (or go antique thrift shopping rather)… I want to invest in a larger press and a hot foil stamp. I want to design my Christmas collection and get to printing. SILKSCREEN!!!! I’m so antsy that I actually end up getting not one thing done; not even dinner!
There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. Going from my 100 square feet of studio space to my 28x14 square feet of studio space is going to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Still probably falls under the “small studio space” in a google or Pinterest search, but will be absolutely PERFECT for my needs. I can’t wait to decorate and organize and get the studio looking like its been there for a while. =)))))