Along the theme of Craft Studios, today I aim to help you to create a space that works well for your needs and give you ideas to not only make it a practical space but one that will help to inspire your creative processes.
While it would be nearly impossible to cover all types of crafts out there I have decided to focus on five popular ones:
- Sewing & Quilting
- Jewellery Making
- Artists & Painters
- Ceramics & Pottery
Within each of these I’m sure there are ideas that can be used in other artistic and crafty endeavours.
For those who sew or quilt, there were so many videos out there for some very elaborate looking sewing rooms, however I eventually settled on some videos that were a little bit more along the size that most would have. The first tour is by Made By Marzipan. I particularly like this video because it looks at how well a small space can be utilised effectively and be injected with personality at the same time. I’ve also included one from Tara Miller from Fabric.com as it has some unique ideas within it for utilising a closet space. Lastly, Pokey Bolton’s gorgeous Quilt Studio – which is a bit more custom made, but has some inspiring ideas that could be adopted in a smaller room.
When it comes to jewellery making, where tools are many and items are small, I love some of the ideas by Nancy LT Hamilton who looks at some pretty nifty and thrifty DIY desk storage ideas, as well as some nifty tricks of the trade in her video. If you’re a jewellery making enthusiast, you may also want to check out her You Tube Channel for some great instructional techniques and projects. Again, what she manages to incorporate into a small space is pretty impressive. I particularly like Nancy’s down-to-earth style.
Moving on to the considerations needed for an Art Studio, I couldn’t go past the entertaining videos on eHow by Matt Cail. Titled “Tips for Artists & Painters: How to Set Up an Art Studio”. ‘Art’ can mean different things to different artists and cross over into areas like graphic design, sculpture, photography, animation etc. so I found this channel particularly comprehensive. There are many ‘short but to the point’ video’s here covering many different types of art studio needs. These videos are quite professionally done and easy to watch without cringing.
When it comes to specialised needs for Pottery and Ceramic Artists, again I found a heap of ideas by Emily Owen on eHow. While the studio she is working in is large and obviously has it’s own kiln on the premises, the information is delivered well and the organisational and storage needs required in each part of the process are well covered. I found Emily’s presentations on “Tips for Potters & Ceramic Artists” easy to understand and listen to.
Finally, I come to the needs of you many Scrap-booking enthusiasts out there (and I know there are a lot of you!), I have decided on “Tips for Scrap-bookers: Shari’s Studio”. I loved the ideas and thought processes in this video, again she has cleverly used many different kinds of storage successfully in a small space, and has clearly defined areas for different aspects of her work.