Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Artist Cottage/ Studio/ Shed
I think all artists and creative people would love their own place to work away from the disturbances and interruptions of the household. I have been looking into building a backyard shed to serve as a creative oasis for my art. There's something special about a small place that you can retreat to, be alone, and create.I got inspired a long time ago when visiting Williamsburg and wandering through the gardens and outbuildings. I remember an outbuilding bakery with delicious molasses cookies, warm out of the oven. There were walkways, gardens, picket fences and gates with a cannon ball weight to close them.I have found two very inspiring books about backyard cottages or sheds. One is Ideas for Great Backyard Cottages. It is filled with pictures of sheds, studios, pool houses, cottages and cabins. There is information about planning and building your structure. The other is Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways: Big Ideas for Small Backyard Destinations. This book goes more in depth about 28 structures and includes several artist studios.
These books are the inspirational ones - there are many more basic books with plans, building specifics and materials. I am the dreamer - my sons and husband are the practical ones.
There are even blogs that I found on sheds of all types: http://www.shedworking.co.uk/ and http://www.shedblog.co.uk/.
I will keep you updated on my shed - hopefully it will be a dream that comes true for this artist!