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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683983
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn Krawczyk on November 11, 2011
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I really love this book, it has SO much to offer! I feel like I got to visit the artists in their studios and see how they put their spaces together first hand.

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!
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This is an attractive book, but it is simply a collection of articles that have previously been published in Studio's magazine - if you have read the magazines, then this book literally has nothing to offer - no more depth, no extra information (in fact less - in the magazine at least you get told what type of art the owner makes!) and no new inspiration. As a fan of the magazine I too was hoping for more depth from a book - extra information, how tos for flooring, lighting, organisation of space etc and new studio's or at least new information about previously featured studio's. Also, it is quite clear from the fact that the floorplans often do not match the photo's that in a number of places photo's have been reversed in the printing process, making things very confusing. Interweave books are usually of a high standard, and not just a rehash of the magazines. Disappointing. For better guides on to how to organize a quilt studio I would recommend 'Creating your perfect quilting space' by Lois Hallock and 'Organizing solutions for every quilter' by Carolyn Woods. A bit dated now, but also still useful is 'Dream sewing spaces' by Lynette Ranney Black.
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The studios showcased here are jam-packed with both practical and aspirational ideas - in other words, some of them could be easily incorporated into any of our work spaces, a few require an investment most of us probably don't have. They're all loads of fun to visit via the photographs and discussions with the artists who work there. There are a few international inclusions. I especially loved peeking into the creative spaces of Seth Apter and Tim Holtz.
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This book is a gorgeous compilation of artists studios. I love this 'best of' Studios magazine as I don't have every issue and missed some lovely creative spaces. The book is really well laid out and covers many different types of work spaces, offering tips and even floor plans to give the reader ideas for organization. This is a book I'll keep out on my coffee table to inspire me on those days when I know I need to clean and refresh my own studio. I just love looking at pictures of where some of my friends and other artists create and the many different ways they organize their stash of supplies. I would highly recommend this book to those who don't subscribe to Studios magazine and even if you do it's very nice to have the highlights from past issues in a handy and lovely book form.
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This book is divided into six sections:A room of one's own,Organization and storage,Flea Market Flair,Small Space/Big Style,the Power of Light and Color and Make it your own.

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.
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I have never read Studios magazine so everything in this book was new to me. I loved it. I think this is one of the better books on artists studios that I have read. Instead of being a simple glossy book with a mainly photographic tour of studios, it actually goes in depth into the artists' vision for their creative space, what they feel they need, how they went about conceptualizing and building their studio and how they made the space work for them.

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!
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