Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Studio


"True art is characterized by the irresistible urge in the creative artist."
~ALBERT EINSTEIN

My studio is not an exceptional place, in and of itself. It is just four walls with one unimpressive window. But it is significant to me because like most creative people, I often feel that irrefutable draw to create. Since I was young, I always dreamed of a studio... a vibrant, ecclectic space filled with paintings, pottery, and pretty textiles. So, I am very happy to finally have one! Also, it has been a necessary space as my business has grown because it also houses all my inventory {some of it sizable} and gives my staff an organized place to work.

I have been intending to take several photos of the entire studio and post it all at once. However, as the months have dragged on and I had yet to post anything, I decided I will update this link with photos and snippets over time. I'd love to show you the velvet chase I have in there, the vintage cabinet I refinished with glass knobs, or Gloria {the dress form so named by Robert.} Some day, I'll get a wide angle lens and show you those photos.

In the meantime, I took just a few random pictures of some of my favorite things: a colorful bit of trim my friend gave me, a piece of vintage fabric with a French stamp, the glazed faith dish. The latter two items were sent to me by a customer, which makes me love them all the more.



I have several of these tags, that I am going to use to label baskets of yarn, scraps of fabric, and other sundries. I bought these from the Blue Pearl, a lovely shop with excellent customer service.



I have a huge inspiration board dripping with clippings out of magazines, unique swatches of fabric, and vibrant photos. You can see how I made the push pins in the photo below in this tutorial. The shoes were one of the very first pairs I ever made.


As I said, over time I will post more, but in the interim, it will give you a little peak at some of the items in my little space.

16 comments:

Becca said...

Beautiful pictures! Your studio must be gorgeous!! :-)

Alisha said...

Oh my word...I love all the little details and I am sure the rest is just as stunning! What a wonderful dream come true :)

Mand said...

Gorgeous studio....so excited about the odds & ends too. Hope you are enjoying your week!

Laura said...

Great little space. Can't wait to see the additional photos.

Meredith said...

Thanks for letting us have a peek at your studio Jessica!

Tori said...

I loved peeking into your studio...it's so chic I love it!

Hana said...

I'm so jealous Jess! I've been saving little things here and there so that maybe one day I can use them in a studio type space...hopefully in our next home. Yours is beautiful! Can't wait to see the odds and ends sale...send me a reminder will ya? he he!

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks for your positive comments! My studio isn't large, but I feel blessed that we have rooms enough in our house to have one.

You know, when we lived in Michigan, Robert and I almost bought a home we affectionately referred to as "the stinky house." Like most homes near the downtown, it was over a century old. However, the former occupant, an eldery woman, sought comfort in a dozen or so cats. {By now you can imagine how it merits its name.} Anyhow, when we saw it, it was completely empty... nothing but bare plaster walls, wide plank old floors, and claw foot tubs in need of reglazing. However, the real crowning jewel of this piece of real estate was that it had a third story. Off the second story living room, there was a door that open to a staircase that led to the attic, which had big windows in the eaves and a wall of exposed brick. I always thought it would have made the perfect studio. :)

Amy said...

Oh yes, I so agree, what a blessing to have a great room to "play" in. My fave is the faith dish. Very Shabby! :)

xoxo

Meredith said...

Oh how fun to peek inside your creative workspace, it's as pretty as I thought it would be. I wait to hear about the sale.

Terri Bowden- Owner/Creator of Ruffles N Ribbons said...

I love it, and really love your pin cushion. I have been wanting a unique one, and thinking about getting one of Rose Kepler's (the one who taught IMAGO), have you seen them? Did you and Robert know that Harville Hendricks will be at church Friday evening? We are really looking forward to it. You guys should go if you aren't signed up!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica, how about a blog spot for your mom (my dear lovely cuz) who's birthday was in January. You did one for your dad...mom deserves a page, too.... :-)
Hi to your mom for me - Cathy

Jen from WR said...

beautiful!

Elisa1 said...

Can't wait to see pics of your studio. I love your unique pin cushion. I want one of those. Love your blog. Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Alejandra I'm from Argentina but I live in Spain now. I would love to tell you a lot of things but do it in a some private way and in my poor english.
I think your work is wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing with us.

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