I admit it. I’m a mess maker. I start out with this great plan to make something, get halfway through it, think of another project that would be AWESOME, start on that and, before you can say “where the heck did the table top go?!” I’ve got stuff scattered and stacked on every available flat surface. Good thing I have a very patient husband.
When we first bought our home, I turned one of the rooms upstairs into an office and small storage area. A few years later, we tore out the wall and turned it into an office/studio space. You can read about that project HERE. I now have this great 6′ work table where I can paint, glue and make messes on to my hearts content which is good, but then, when I would want to sew something, I would have to clear the table, make sure there wasn’t glue and glitter all over that would get on my fabric and set up my machines. Huge pain in the neck.
So, I took over the guest room and made it into a sewing area. We took a corner of the room, used some old doors to make a great corner work station and set up my serger and sewing machine so I could work without having to put it all away every time. Essentially, I turned my entire upstairs into my studio.
Then I started working on larger projects. And things started to pile up in the dining room, on the front porch, in the corner of the living room. I really needed a bigger creative space. The garage here is small and stores Ken’s tools and our quads so that wasn’t an option. That’s when my friend Brenda and I put our heads together and found our own space.
From the outside, it doesn’t look like much more than an industrial area building. There are 5 units in a plain two story building each with a front entrance and a large rolling door in the back. People don’t expect much and then are shocked when they walk in the door. We have a front area that we call our showroom (or storage area between shows). Go through a second door and that’s where the magic happens. We have a huge area that we have divided into two work areas and a common area with a table and little kitchen. An open stairway leads up to two offices and a small sitting area. The only thing it’s missing is a shower which is probably a good thing or Brenda and I would never go home.
We call our place Laurel Street Studios, and the energy of the space is incredible. Every few months we even manage to clean up our acts and actually do a little seasonal market there.
I can’t stand not having a project or two going so if you check back here now and then I’ll have posts about the cool things that are going on in my studio, my latest projects and the dates of our next shows. And pictures of our studio areas (just as soon as we clean them up!).