Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What Constitutes a "Studio"?

I have been reading a lot about art lately, and the artists who create the art that I admire. I read about their training, their lives, and every now and then, I am lucky enough to get a glimpse into their studio. At times struck with envy, I daydream about the day that I can once again have a larger and more dedicated space to call my own - the day that I can say "yes, I have a studio - would you like to see it?"

This got me thinking, what exactly is it that constitutes a "studio"? I mean, I do have a place all to myself, that stores my art materials (that would be my whole home sometimes, but mostly it is a closet under the stairs); I also have a dedicated space where I create my textile pieces - that would be at my sewing station. By most standards, then, I would have to deduce that in fact, I do have a studio - just not the studio of my dreams yet. Would you like to see my studio? Well, by all means, here it is:


This is my "studio," with half of my fabric stash removed, lol!


And this is my "studio" when everything is put away...


This here is my "sewing station" - located right behind our couch...


Now, before I moved into this small space with my boyfriend this year, I did have a dedicated space to create. It was always messy and disorganized; having this small amount of space has forced me to organize in a way I might never have, had he moved in with me... Oh, and before you start pitying me, rest assured - we are waiting to move into a larger home (though I am becoming a bit impatient, lol!) - I have been given a promise that we will move by my birthday, in June of next year...


Taking all of this into consideration, I guess that my daughter has a studio as well - that would be her desk, when she is not doing homework. She tells me that she finds joy in creating art using acrylic paints - her favourite time is sitting at her desk, painting and listening to music. In my opinion, she is a very talented girl; why, just the other day she created this beautiful painting - it is a Christmas gift for her Great Granny:


It's tough to see the rose in the middle, but up close, it's gorgeous!


So, this is what I believe truly constitutes a studio - it is a space filled with love, where you create beauty to share with the world. I hope that after reading this, each of you is able to look at whatever space that you have for your studio, and realize that in it, you help to fill the world with beauty. That in itself holds more magic than any space ever will...



2 comments:

Penny said...

Love this post! I remember reading, many years ago, that any space where you create can be called a studio. This is the first time I've had an area large enough that I feel it is truly a 'studio' (although I share it with the washer dryer). I don't think size matters - what matters is the magic you can make while you sit at the table, take up a spare corner or hide out in a spare closet.

Loralei said...

Penny, it is always so wonderful to hear from you - your comments are consistently encouraging and inspiring - thank you!!