Thursday, July 2, 2009

Art Studio

I've been giving a lot of thought to studio space lately. I mainly use my bedroom as an art studio, and it was fun at first, but now it's becoming messy and crowded. I want to organize it with more shelves and an additional table, and actually start hanging my artwork on the walls.

But this is my *dream* studio. It belongs to an artist named Ingrid in Mendocino.



When I was in Mendocino a few weeks ago, I stopped by to purchase one of Ingrid's small stoneware birds.


A flock of her birds was lined up on a wooden post outside her studio. I picked the one I wanted to buy and went inside to pay, but Ingrid wasn't there. Instead, there was a sign that read, "Out in the garden."

This is the garden.


Ingrid had set up a little self-pay station in a corner of the studio. There was a tin can to put your money in, a tax table, small bags, bubble wrap and a roll of tape.
I paid for my purchase and carefully wrapped it up.

My bird made it safely home, where it now sits on a bamboo shelf, a symbol of my love for birds and a reminder of Ingrid's dreamy little studio.

8 comments:

Hannah said...

What a lovely studio! and a very interesting way to pay.

goldenbird said...

Thanks, Hannah. You'd have to be really trusting to leave a tin can of money out in the open like that :-)

Rachel said...

Now that's a REAL artist's studio. What a great space!

And... I have to admit your little bird is cute (as long as it doesn't fly around anywhere near me or peck other birds).

goldenbird said...

Thanks, Rachel. Wouldn't you love to have that as your work space? I think I'd be out in the garden full-time.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I would love a studio like that also!!!It's good to have our dreams!
Love your new sweet little birdie!!
Mail your package this morning and should be at your home by Monday.
Deb :)

goldenbird said...

Oooh, you mailed my swap package, Deb! Thanks! I mailed yours this afternoon, too. What fun. Glad you like my new little bird.

woollywotnots said...

Sounds like you have a great creative space, Stacy. Perhaps you could look at inspirational ways to expand with shelving and storage or maybe a shed if you have space? Richard Branson has a hammock for his creative space! :-) I love your studio find. Definitely something to aspire to. The bird is very cute too.

goldenbird said...

That's a good idea, Katharine. Maybe I need to poke around and see what others have done to create a studio in a small living space-- there must be lots of fantastic ways to do it, or at least something better than a folding table and chair stuffed in the corner of my bedroom :-) Thanks you your comment!