Other People’s Studios

Since I moved from a small apartment to a house at the end of June and picked up my own office-studio-cave in the process, I’ve been a tad obsessed on how it should get set up.

Part of that obsession has resulted in me stalking the studio, home office and craft room groups on Flickr. And then there’s the results for a simple Google image search on ‘craft room organization’.

book on womens work spaces

I found a book in the library – amidst the other house decorating books – called: Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women by Jo Packham.

Overall, the studios are overdecorated and cutesy for my taste but you could easily just pick and choose ideas to take away. I was happy to see a whole, contemporary, book devoted to professional craft artists work spaces.

I have to admit that I haven’t got my little space quite how I want it yet – it will require some more TLC and different wall shelves but it has gotten good use even as it is. I am hunting up textiles at the local thrift shops after seeing a few of the amazing simple sewing projects Lisa has done with such the last two years.


  1. That looks like an interesting book Elaine, I’ll have to go check it out! Love looking at pictures of studios. I am planning on moving my studio to my daughters room which is bigger and have been looking for good ideas. Another great resource is the magazine called ‘Studios’. There are some stunning ideas in them. I think there is hardly anything more wonderful than having your own creative space to work in. Hope you have fun with the process of setting up!

  2. Lisa Clarke says:

    Did you know there is a magazine by the same name? Stampington publishes it quarterly or something like that. I agree with you about many of the spaces being over-the-top, but it sure is fun to dream. I’ve redecorated my dining room in my mind, so that it functions as a place where I can easily access my clay and fabric.

    It’s gorgeous and functional, and unfortunately, completely imaginary 😉

  3. Elaine says:

    Ah, I tend to stay out of the bookstores where possible, online and off because I tend to spend too much money and end up with too much STUFF. So didn’t realize there was a magazine published that was the same… the library is my friend though, must go dig deeper.

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