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Studio: Creative Spaces for Creative People Hardcover – March 16, 2017
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"Beautifully illustrated, this book will inspire you to create your very own nook for getting crafty in'- Crafts Beautiful
About the Author
Sally Coulthard is author of the bestselling Shed Chic and Shed Decor. She has written more than ten other books about property, gardens and home life, including The Reclaimers, Restored to Glory: A Guide to Renovating Your Period Home, and Home of Your Own: Creating Interiors with Character.
After reading Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University, Sally channelled her love of old buildings and gardens into restoring, decorating and writing about characterful houses, crafts and outdoor spaces. A regular contributor to Country Living magazine, Sally has also written for Homes & Antiques, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and TheIndependent, as well as appearing on television and radio.
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Since the Amazon ""Look Inside" feature stops at page 63 (in the "Industrial" section), I made a video by (very briefly) flipping through the remainder of the book in case the section you are interested in isn't in the beginning. I'm a technical writer, and I particularly loved the converted garage studio and blogger Illaria Chiaratti Bonomi's adorable loft. Both places are a writer's heaven.
Really, all two hundred pages are interesting. There's a resource directory in the back, but this book is really about gathering ideas, not specific products. A creative book for creative people that rates:
I have a bedroom set up as a jewelry making studio. Being firmly fixed in my left hemisphere where function dominates, it had never occurred to me to create an inspirational studio. My room is utilitarian with no style or beauty. Cold and unwelcoming. No wonder I don't make jewelry anymore. I haven't used it for a couple of years, and it's turned into a large, cluttered closet.
As I read the book, I revelled in the colors and saw the effects of different lighting. I grew to appreciate old, battered furniture for its distinctiveness and character. My creative juices started flowing. I got excited. The next day I drove out to look at an old, beat-up desk I found on Craigslist that I want to turn into a jewelry bench. On the drive back, I stopped at a place where a man carves figures in wood. I walked into his workroom, and plastered on all the walls were photographs of art. An entire band of photos across three walls with one wall covered entirely in chalkboards with his drawn ideas. I realized I was in a studio designed for inspiration much like those in this book. I soaked it in.
I now see how I can take my boring room and turn it into something that I'm happy, even eager to enter, a room that inspires me to create beauty. How could I have been so dull? This book has opened up a new world for me, and I'm so happy I got it. I will read it again, and when I need more inspiration, there are plenty of photos to admire. Such a lovely book.
The book is divided into three parts: Studio Inspirations, Studio Work, and Studio Elements.
Studio Inspirations: What kind of decor do you want? How does it fit your aesthetic? Do you like bright colors? Modern features? Monochromatic? Natural elements? Antique/collectibles? An industrial vibe? The book goes through these styles so you can figure out what kind of vibe appeals to and inspires you and showcases artist studios imbuing these aesthetics so you can see real life examples of how these aesthetics translate into a space that can suit you.
Studio Work: This section showcases examples of studios set up for various types of work and what the specific type of work might require for set up, space and equipment and categorizes them into crafts, fashion and textiles, fine art/illustration/design, writing/blogging/photography and workshops and up cycling.
Studio Elements: look sat the choices you might need to make when setting up your space (power, water, layout, lighting, desks, work spaces, storage, shelves, wall treatments, hanging, drying, etc.).
What's clear here is that there is something for everyone; ideas that can be used in many ways. It's by no means a book that helps you lay out and design your studio. It's one that gives you things to think about in designing your space--look and feel, elements, requirements--as well as inspiration on how these elements have come together for many artists and craftspeople.
It's eye candy; and while one reviewer dinged this book for its 'soft focus' photography, I found the photos to provide glimpses of detail in each of these studios. I like the book for inspiration and ideas...beyond that, there are more practical guides for those who wish to plan and execute their own studio design.
Four stars for inspiration; I didn't give it five stars simply because it's a 'nice to have' and not a 'need to have' book.