adoring – goodbye, studio

adoring — Danielle on October 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

Today I am going though the last stages of preparing to move my studio furniture to store at my parent’s place. I am very lucky to have my brother helping me, however his hunting schedule means I have to move my furniture over a month before I actually move myself out of the studio. So I am facing the prospect of staying in a nearly-empty 900 square foot studio for over a month, and it means that this is the end of my working studio as I’ve known it for the past four years.

I owe so much of this studio to my ex – it was really his vision and his skills that made it happen. The 6×4 cutting table with the shelving underneath, the refinished steel desk, the light box, the hardwood veneer floor, were all his contributions. I was incredibly lucky to have such a versatile, well-appointed space in the earliest stages of my career. So much gratitude, Ray, thank you.

Everything else I acquired gradually as I slowly built my career and made enough to invest in the business – the serger, the iMac, the chair, the iron, the file cabinet. Having the tools and the space readily available made it so much easier to be creative, to show a sense of commitment and professionalism to clients, and really, to feel like a real working fashion illustrator. Having a great space to do work in makes doing work fun, makes it even easier to love what I do.

Goodbye, studio. I will miss this.

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    1. It’s been a beautiful space for you to live, learn, and grow in and it’s served you so well. I can only imagine what incredible place you’re going to have as you begin the new chapter of your life.

      Comment by Ellie Di — October 8 2010 @ 12:00 pm
    2. Aww what a beautiful spot!

      Comment by birdie — October 8 2010 @ 12:00 pm
    3. Looks lovely! I still can’t believe that your studio is bigger than my apartment. :)

      Comment by Ashley Winnington-Ball — October 8 2010 @ 12:06 pm
    4. Ashley – the studio is also my apartment.

      And something tells me that my digs in London will not be as spacious at all.

      Comment by Danielle — October 8 2010 @ 12:36 pm
    5. I’m am sure you will find something lovely in London , even if it is small to start, it will grow as you do!!!!!!! Xoxoxo

      Comment by Susie Love — October 8 2010 @ 2:56 pm
    6. Thank you for sharing this. I’m sorry I never saw your studio up close, but I really get a sense of it’s function from the picture. I’m looking forward to your posts once you are in London. If you are here for another month I hope I see you before you leave. xo

      Comment by Linda Gaylard — October 9 2010 @ 12:34 am
    7. Hi, just found ur blog. Your studio seems nice!
      Nice to meet you:-) also Welcome to visit my blog too. cheers!

      Comment by WONCHERIAN — October 14 2010 @ 7:35 am
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    11. Hello Danielle,
      I lived in Toronto in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I had Yin-Yang leathers on Spadina Rd. in Yorkville. It may all have changed since then but I also had a leather shop in Kennsington Market. I designed, sewed and did custom long fringe coats and clothing. We had a camp in Parham, Ont. Your winter visit to your folks in Ont. brought back all these memories. Now I draw and publish paper dolls and of course I found you on Pinterest right away. You are terrific! Dance and spin and sing out loud in your month long empty studio!Happy Year of the Tiger, Tiger, keep roaring.

      Comment by Dorian — January 17 2013 @ 7:49 am

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