Monday, April 26, 2010

A Studio of One's Own

Where I sew right now

There is a dream in my head of  a space that is just mine.  There are high ceilings, lots of natural light, a comfy chair, shelves of fabric, beads, books, baskets, and the walls are hung with images that I love to look at.  In reality I would settle for a corner that is permanent because right now this is it for me.  The dining table on which I have to keep everything and I move between it and the closet in the spare room where my "stuff" is stored.  I used to have a room that housed my art self but I'm afraid I took that for granted big time.  It seems becoming a mama teaches you tons about yourself and one of those things is you never realized how much time you had for you before baby until you have baby.  I had a lot of time....and I wasted most of it.  
So for now I dream, I sew, read a story, I cut fabric,  get some juice, I pin,  look for a lost train, I rip out a seam,  put dinner on....the juggling of a creative life melded with family is often not smooth, dinner sometimes overcooks, and projects get put on hold with the inspiration in danger of drifting away.  But I try to live right now and sew with my family around me and enjoy the closeness because while it is harder to focus sometimes it is certainly not lonely.

I wanted to fill this post with photos of studios I'd love to have but I didn't find as many as I thought I would.  I created a little gallery on flickr that has some inspiring images.  I seem to be drawn to clean lines with hints of feminine and whimsy, natural light and comfy colour.  There is a series of studio tours here too.   I'm glad that I can create in chaos because if I couldn't I wouldn't be able to sew much at all.  So amongst the tractors, crayons and puzzles I'll be and the pace may be slow but I'll keep creating just the same and keep my dream of a studio in the back of my soul for when it is time.  All in good time.


5 comments:

Avie said...

http://hearthwitch-cottage.blogspot.com/2010/04/creative-spaces.html

So important - it's nice to see that other people value this kind of space as well. There is a link in there to some lovely ideas. Blessings.

magicalmusings said...

I sort of think when I do have a space of my own I will miss the occupant of that space so much. Make the most of what you have I think. Seems like you are doing just that. :)m

magicalmusings said...

I sort of think when I do have a space of my own I will miss the occupant of that space so much. Make the most of what you have I think. Seems like you are doing just that. :)

TMCPhoto said...

I'm right there with you except I've managed to squeeze a tiny corner int he living room into a workspace. Oh what I wouldn't give for a whole room...

One of the other blogs I follow is documenting her studio renovation, what she's getting is what I would love to have with the exception of not having it in the cellar :)

Sea Witch said...

There is simply nothing so full of joy then a studio of one's own. When I was living in Illinois, we owned a huge, huge Queen Anne from the 1890s. The attic above was huge and had light streaming in on all four sides through the cupula. I had my spinning wheels up there and I would spin and spin with the sun shining upon me and a view of all four directions. Heaven it was. Sea Witch