We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Nov 11, 2007

My Studio

There has been some talk about how simple living and having a space of your own do not fit together. I have to disagree, simple living, when it comes to homes has to do with useful space. I have my own space because if I used shared space to work on projects the house would be a sea of fabric and paint. Instead I have a room where I work on my projects where they don't have to be put away for meals, and Alder isn't running off with spools of thread in the middle of my using them.

I try to spend some time in my studio every night, it's my personal sanctuary. Sometimes I'm working on stuff but other times I'm just sifting through old pictures or reading my book. I end up staying up late when I get going on projects but somehow losing a few hours of sleep to be creative balances out.

The room itself is a work in progress, it gets to new levels of organization and chaos depending on the day. Today we are having guests who haven't seen the place since it was still in boxes so they will want a tour, so I spent last night cleaning. I took this opportunity to take pictures and I thought I'd put them here to remind me what is under the piles when I get frustrated.


*camerashymomma* said...

i was just in my space today, clearing out the piles. finding the goodness underneath it all. i agree, the sanctuary is most important. it's the way to refuel your spirit and mind. i share a space with my husband. does you husband have a space of his own too? we just set up our yurt in the backyard so mine could find some clarity outside of the house. i'll try to remember your words that everything is a work in progress. thanks for sharing

Erin said...

Is that machine an old Kenmore?! My friend swears by those machines. She loves them.
Love your space. Looks heavenly!

amanda said...

I love your studio pictures! Your bulletin board is so cute and that fabric stash, so nice and neat! I am green with envy. Actually I am motivated to iron after having seen this. I've realized that for me, bringing my studio from order to chaos and back again is part of my creative process, and I really do enjoy working that way.

And I am in agreement with you that simple living is compatible with this idea of personal creative sanctuary. workable spaces, right?