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Inside The Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space [Paperback]

Cate Coulacos Prato
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5 Oct 2011
Turn your vision of a dream studio space into a reality with Inside the Creative Studio. The professional artists and crafters of Studios magazine give you the tools to create your own one-of-a-kind artistic environment in this best-of compilation. Learn how to find space in your home, whittle down your stash, maximize your storage and organization possibilities, and manage your stash of supplies and equipment to keep your work space functional and fun to work in. Experts will also show you how to repurpose furniture, integrate recyclables, and showcase vintage items to establish a space with purpose and personality. You will spend less time struggling with your studio, or lack thereof, and more time actually creating in your unique space. Regardless of your time, money, or space, Inside the Creative Studio offers charming and innovative solutions for every lifestyle. Artists and crafters of all types, including quilters, fiber artists, mixed-media artists, jewelry makers, sewists, painters, writers, bloggers, and more, share their stories, tips, and studios. Beautiful photographs and friendly dialogue walk you through these active spaces as if you were getting your own private tour. From spacious oases to cute and compact retreats, each space offers countless inspirational ideas. With some of the best articles and creative inspiration from Studios Magazine, Inside the Creative Studio offers everything you need to know to spend less time fussing with your space and more time enjoying your creative work.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (5 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683983
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Online Editor for Quilting Daily and Cloth Paper Scissors Today. She is the former editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Magazine, and author of Mixed-Media Self-Portraits.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get organised 26 Feb 2012
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Hoping to have a new studio space within the next few months I bought this book for inspiration. It covers every possible aspect of setting up and re-organizing your studio. There are many tips and tricks given by different types of artists, from jewellry making to heavy duty recycling of metals. Topics covered include light requirements, storage (obviously), colours to use, and everything possible to make life easier, and to lessen the time looking for things, when the creative muse strikes ! Excellent book, good photographs and to scale floor plans. Highly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong choice 10 May 2014
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Just wasn't what I was looking for which makes me think the descriptor isn't giving the buyer an adequate description of the content. Very basic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding insight into artists studios 12 Nov 2011
By Lynn Krawczyk - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm dreaming of a new studio, just like the ones inside this book 14 Nov 2011
By S. Fishburn - Published on Amazon.com
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Fine is you have never read Studios magazine 18 Nov 2011
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Spaces 20 Nov 2011
By Pamela Carriker - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent tips for building a studio that will work for you 7 May 2012
By liberal sprinkles - Published on Amazon.com
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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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