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Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space Paperback – November 15, 2011
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"Do you dream of having a studio of your own, a place where you can think, create, make a mess, or even teach? Anyone who answers yes will find plenty of encouragement in her book." - Bangor Daily News
About the Author
Cate Coulacos Prato is the editor of the increasingly popular Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazine, online editor for Quilting Daily and Cloth Paper Scissors Today, and the author of Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques.
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I'm captivated by home decorating and design and have been rearranging the furniture in my dwellings ever since I was big enough to push my white canopy bed across the floor when I was 8. Because I can only afford one house, I spend most of my time redecorating mine and writing about other people's. Fortunately, my job as editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine allows me to peek inside artfully decorated homes on a regular basis.
I bring writing and design together in my blog In The Studio with Cate (http://clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/in_the_studio_with_cate/default.aspx) and on Twitter@StudiosMagazine.
Top Customer Reviews
The thing that I liked most about this book is the variety of artists that are shown. Everyone has a style that suits their medium and I found it really intriguing to be able to compare them side by side in the book (I'm *still* drooling over the Wendy Vecchi's collection of library card file cabinets - what an excellent and beautiful way to organize your space!)
There are tips on how to organize and you can see how thrift store finds help you make a creative space for yourself that doesn't require building new construction.
Its a very genuine book, shows everyday artists and professional artists side by side and that makes the book a winner in my, well, book. I plan to give it as holiday gifts, its very inspirational!
In the first section of the book you get a look at five different approaches to studio styles:a ground up custom build studio,a barn remodel,a move from working on the kitchen table to a downtown studio,a customized in house studio,and a converted hay loft studio.
Chapter 2 (organization and storage) is packed with ideas and inspiration to satisfy whatever your storage needs are. Helpful tips for getting your stash under control and ways to organize it so that it doesn't overwhelm the space you have. This chapter is not just about how to store what you have. It also gives you a look inside other artists studios such as Jane Davila,Tim Holtz and several others so you can get a visual reference of how they store all their supplies. You'll also find a comprehensive list of 101 organization and storage tips that covers everything from inexpensive storage,instant and best solutions for paper storage to neat ways to keep paint bottles handy,fabric storage and organizational ideas and ways to keep fibers,ribbons and floss from tangling and lots more.
Chapter 3 is all about collecting,repurposing and restoring flea market finds to outfit your studio. More featured artists studios are illustrated in this chapter with an emphasis on how they've incorporated their flea market finds into their spaces.
Chapter 4 is all about working in a small space and how to make the most of it.Read more ›
The book takes a look at the studios of more than 20 artists, and there are chapters devoted to storage and organization (101 excellent tips and plenty of other suggestions for storing tools, trims, fabric, paper et cetera); ideas for repurposing flea market finds and personalizing one's work space; working with small spaces; lighting and color scheme.
If you're familiar with Studios magazine, this book may not be so useful to you. Otherwise, you may like me find it a good resource for ideas and advice on things to consider in building your own space for your creative endeavors, whether you have a whole basement or a barn to work with, or just a corner of your living room. There is plenty in this book for different types of artists with different needs. I also like the details of some of the photos, which give an insight into the tools and materials some of these artists use.
Among my favorite sneak peeks: Tim Holtz's shelves and shelves of stamps (OMG!!); Wendy Vecchi's vintage library card file cabinets which she uses for storing supplies; and Kristin Krause's chalkboard painted walls that acts as a changing drawing board, as well as her doodled decorations. Talk about creativity!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book but not nearly enough photographs and it was VERY annoying to come across repeats of photos. As well, I had previously seen many of the pictures in a similar book.Published 1 month ago by Cynthia L. Chiperzak
I was very pleased with this book. Although it was a used book it was in great condition. I was also pleased with the content and use it as inspiration and a reference on a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Irene Wiley
This is a ho-hum studio book. For a beginning artist, it can give you some ideas. Otherwise, just look it over at a bookstore.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm an artist with my own art studio, a dream come true. In addition, I'm very into home decorating, too. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wendy Wilson
This book is a must have if you are creating a space to work in and to inspire you. So many great and simple ideas.Published on November 20, 2013 by Sophies Mom