Creative Studio – Inspiration and ideas for your art and craft space by Cate Coulacos Prato is a new release from Interweave.
I’ve said this in past posts, but if a book can get me motivated to make something or in this case, look at reorganizing my craft/woman cave area, it’s a keeper.
Here are the six chapters:
- A Room Of One’s Own
- Organization and Storage
- Flea Market Flair
- Small Space, Big Style
- The Power of Light and Color
- Make it Your Own
Every chapter is filled with beautiful eye candy, inspiration, and great ideas for organizing and making the space more user friendly. There are lots of tips from the artists.
There is a great article by Lesley Riley with her 10 steps to resolve the fabric creep (or really any creep) problem!
Then who doesn’t love Tim Holtz! I’ve seen his studio before (no, not up close and personal but through a magazine. Darn!) and I did steal a couple of his ideas when I reorganized earlier this year. I like seeing the floor layouts of these different artists’ spaces.
There more pages on simple and interesting tips in the 101 organizing and storage tips section. These pages gave me more ideas on how to reorganize and store my stash.
I was especially interested in the Small Spaces, Big Style. It was interesting to see how others were able to create in some challenging spaces. I even found someone with my problem – limited wall space due to the large windows.
The chapter on color and light covers wall colors and lighting and even tips for avoiding eyestrain.
From this book I’ve gotten several ideas on how to improve my space. Even with my major reorganization this past April, I learned some easy changes I can make to improve and help me enjoy this craft area even more and none of these changes involve money!!
So if you are interested in getting your creative space more user friendly or just get some ideas for storing your stash, I recommend this book. You can purchase it from the Interweave store or at your local book or craft store.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
How fun to see my contribution to Cate’s wonderful book on your site. I haven’t even seen the book yet! Thanks for sharing it and I’m so glad you enjoyed my contribution.
Lesley, I’ve been so inspired by this book that my creative space is in a mess. I’ve started going through all of my fabric – (You mean I can really control the fabric??? – ha, ha), removed my closet doors and am in midst of really weeding out. Loved your article and glad you found my blog. Lynda
Does this book have new information and studios in it or is it reprints of the articles in past Cloth, Paper, Scissors STUDIOS magazines?
Jeanne, I can’t say for sure because I’ve not read many of the Studio magazines, but you might look at the index on this page: http://www.interweavestore.com/Art/Books/Inside-the-Creative-Studio.html. Thanks. Lynda