Back when my little boy started crawling I had to move my art space. If you’re familiar with the processes of these little people, then you know that everything they find will be subject to a taste test NO MATTER WHAT they find. Instead of almost half of our dinning room, I squeezed my art space into a little corner. So now, I and all the toxic art supplies can be barricaded away from little hand and mouths… at least, until the NEXT round of baby proofing begins (but there’s nowhere left for me to go)! All the rearranging got me wondering how other artists organize their space. One’s space is an important part of the creative process; even those into digital graphics need a place for their butts and computers. I sent out e-mails to artist and crafty people I personally know, asking what elements of their space help their “process” or inspires their craft. This was done in an effort to compile their creative spaces and get some ideas for my own space (I could use ideas for just about everything right now if YOU have any to spare) but just as I thought, they must be swimming in inspiration cranking out their wares without time for e-mail. I, on the other hand, have way too much time for e-mail.
One of the people who had no choice but to respond was my wife. God bless her, she bought me an awesome sewing machine as a Christmas gift, which I do use from time to time, but once I showed her how to use it, she went to town on crafts of her own! As per usual, she was looking to find more ways to Reduce Reuse and Recycle around the house. One of her first projects incorporated her mom and I in making butt-wipes and diapers for our son. There’s nobody who can make butt-wipes like my wife’s mom. By far, the coolest thing (in my opinion) that she’s been working on are “upcycled” handbags from her old concert shirts. She’s added her own touch of genius to the design by using pants as the liner utilizing both the front and back pockets for added storage/organization within the bag… I think I’ll keep ‘er. Our friends and family have been asking her to make handbags from their old concert shirts, which has now snowballed into us hunting for concert t-shirts at local thrift stores and Goodwill shops. She calls them 4tA Bags (it’s pronounced “Forte” like our last name. Here’s what she has to say about her art space:
This small creative space is dreadfully underutilized. When it is humming with action, you will hear the calming rhythm of the Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine typically making a “4tA” bag. 4tA bags are t-shirt and jeans “upcycled” into reversible and adjustable unisex shoulder bags. When I AM using the room I find 2 elements of the room to be particularly useful in fueling my creative process. First, there are 3 mirrors in the room, 2 of which span from floor to ceiling. In addition to making the room feel and look much larger than it is, the mirrors also help to spark my creativity and motivation because I believe that creativity spawns creativity. In some weird way, seeing myself being creative make me more creative. Second, there is a hidden doorway near my sitting space. In my many moments of getting lost in creative thought I have on several occasions looked to where I know the hidden door is. Metaphorically, that hidden door is my “wardrobe” that takes me (in my mind of course) to my own personal Narnja.
These are a few of the 4tA bags:
So I figured, while I take some time to get my artistic brain out of my metaphorical ass, I’d showcase some of the creativity and talent of the people near and dear to me. As my social media bubble grows over the internet I’m discovering many talented artists. One of the articles I’ve read recently is regarding the pricing of handmade crafts. It’s a daunting subject for anyone trying to make an honest living, yet the article takes an informed look that can help both artist and art buyers understand the time and effort that goes into one’s production of handmade goods.
If you’re interested in a 4tA bag or you’d like a custom one, simply drop me a line. The price for one of these handmade handbags is $90.00. I’ll be listing some them in the shop, that is, if I can work something out with the artist. ;)
If you get a chance, no matter what your interests, I’d like to encourage you to check out the “relatively new” social media site, Google+. Through only a short time of “friending” and “following” people I’ve created my own arts and crafts hub where I can share back-and-forth with others of similar interests. You can create a similar hub for art, sports, politics, books, travel and anything else that may interest you in a relatively user friendly format. Enjoy!
If you have any questions, sculpture ideas, requests, or criticisms I’d love to hear from you.