a work space with shelves packed full of paper, books, buttons, tools, ribbon and boxes and boxes of ephemera and an eight-foot table that, no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to keep cleared off. Right now it has stacks of old sheet music, letters and envelopes strewn all over it.
Truth be told, it is much more fun to look at than a clean table. It’s like when you walk into a home that has that ‘lived in’ look… there’s something comforting about it. Or if you’ve ever been in an artist’s studio, with canvases leaning against all the walls and the paintbrushes and tubes of paint right where the artist needs them, it is the same feel.
Now, on occasion, we do have a cleaning frenzy. There is a point when the chaos gets a bit overwhelming and slows down progress. At the end of the day we try to put everything back in its place and every once in while we manage to run the vacuum.
We like to keep the strange beauty around too. Some may find it bizarre that we have a vase of dead flowers, a dried starfish or a shell from a box turtle displayed, but we find inspiration in these items. You will see it in our books.
No, our workshop is not pretty, but it doesn’t really matter as long as what we produce is.