25 February 2010

I was most honoured to have been published in Lynne Perrella's latest book:
"Art Making and Studio Spaces" but


























There were quite a few areas that did not find their way into the book

























I collect old tools, not sure why

























Just love their rustic appeal
So, one day I decided to pull apart some gorgeous old wooden boxes
link them together
add some of my collection
and voila...

























I make shelving units out of old boxes too

























and I figure that one just has to have a bit of a sense of humour sometimes

























So when I was in Perth to teach a workshop a while ago, I found the sign that I decided to hammer into the shelve. It sits above the antique lawn bowls.



















Hope no-one gets offended

















A very small collection of my books for re-use and antique sewing machine drawers made into shelves


















I am actually making some journals out of some of these little books for the Creative Soul Melbourne Retreat where I am teaching in a couple of weeks



























Here's my little Ari dolls that will stay put right here



















There is so much more to see but maybe another time



















Hope you enjoy
xx

61 comments:

Jo Archer said...

No one could be offended by clean balls! It looks so lovely. I'd love to rummage through all that treasure!

pamela chiasson said...

I so enjoy reading your blog and about your adventures, I really admire you and your creativity!
The tool scape is so very cool!
Would you be coming to Massachusetts anytime soon for any workshops? I would love to take a class from you!! Have a great day peace and light Pam

Svetlana said...

I love your collection. What a great idea to display all those things. I can't wait to finaly meet you; your work is so inspirational.

Judy said...

Thanks, I need to spend most of this year in Australia-family commitments. I am teaching in Wisconsin at Valley Ridge, which is my only USA workshop this year.
2011 will be a different story, all being well, I hope to teach alot in the USA. Dont know any places in Massachusetts though.
Here's hoping...

Judy said...

Look forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks too Svetlana.
Jo, you crack me up!

Samantha Marshall said...

Your collections are very cool. Enjoy the retreat!

neva gagliano said...

i have the perrella book, and liked the spread of pages on you/your space/collecting...but these shots are wonderful.
the signs: vacancy and cleaning your balls! ha! your displays and ideas are just OVER THE TOP, amazing...(the first shots, some regret, having let my father's farm/barn/tools slip away over a decade ago, sold with all intact, tools, wooden crates, etc there since the 30s. oh well. sometimes grief distorts.)

paris parfait said...

Marhaba from Jordan! Judy, what a fantastic, whimsical collection you have! Love how you've displayed it all. Brilliant! Hope all is well; will catch up via email soon. xo

annie lockhart said...

hey girlie...my first post to read this morning and i get balls....and i'm still laughing! you are too funny. the photos are great...i have a collection of old wonderful handmade pulleys...have no idea where that fetish came from...but, it's there! love & light...

ginnycartersmallenburg said...

I am making reservations to fly out to see the rest for I cannot wait "until another time" to see it all. :) Every nook and cranny is a work of art. I loved seeing this this morning. Those old tools appeal to me too. I think they are beautiful.

glimmering prize said...

wow! thanks for sharing! what a great collection and space to be inspired in!

ArtPropelled said...

Here I go swooning again .... these photos of your amazing collections, nooks and cranies are making me weak at the knees. Love the sign! What a lucky find!

Gwen said...

I saw your studio in the book, and now this...do you have an entire house for your studio? I love all of your collections, it all looks vast!

Irene said...

Love your collection, and you displayed it beautifully, wish my studio was so organized. I'm a disfunctional artist. And I agree no one could be offended by clean balls.

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

wow, love your displays Judy. I have a thing for old tools and old boxes but never thought to do that with them. You are such an inspiration - in everything!! Oh, and I just ordered the new book yesterday - can't wait to see more.
xo jo

Bernadine said...

AMAZING and inspirational!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I love to see other artist's collections, creative displays and studio spaces! I hope we get to see more soon! Thank you Judy!

Blue Green Arts said...

Your collections and the way you display your items are so great! It is really inspiring! I have a HUGE collection of old books, and I love how you have yours displayed! Thanks for sharing :)

Lynn said...

I love your sense of humor Judy...

...and the new white background here is very refreshing and sets off the photos nicely.

Love your NEAT workspace. I wish I knew how to do neat. But it never ever stays that way for more than the time it took to make it so. Then Wham! Gone! Mess again.

Congrats on being published once more.

Your collections are all real eye candy as they say.

It's hard for me to imagine that you have a "real life" too, besides all this art making. When is there time? ;-) But I know you do make that happen too and can only guess how rich it must be for all those who are part of it.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings Judy,

Congratulations on being published. I know the feeling.

Thank you for letting us into your world and sharing your marvelous surroundings with us. I certainly enjoyed my visit.

Warmest regards,
Egmont

Kerin said...

I would have imagined you had just such things in your home, Judy. Old tools are definitely works of art in themselves and have such great presence to them. I love to use them whenever possible and also just to look at them.

Please do share more when you have time as each image is a treasure.

stregata said...

I have a collection of old tools also - I don't know, they are sometimes so beautiful. I have a whole collection of the sheep shears in different sizes. Love the way you have them displayed. I loved seeing your artist's space in the book, just enjoying how beautiful it all is.

Riki Schumacher said...

Judy, love seeing the sneaks of your creative space!! Love, love, love it. The little plaque is priceless! Now, if you would just send me a small box of all your old books....LOL. Thanks for sharing. Riki

Loudlife said...

I am SO getting that book! And I wish I could come over and wander through all that crusty, old goodness! What a treat to see those pictures. (and people who are offended by clean balls need more to do in life) My stuff is not even half that gorgeously organized and displayed.

Thanks for sharing!

Ro Bruhn said...

I have the book and thought it was a bit light on with actual shots of your studio. I love your tool arrangement, a beautiful piece of art. See you in a fortnight.

pattyb said...

Love your art, your collections and how you display them....and LOVE LOVE LOVE your sense of humor!

Lisa said...

fantastic inspiration! Such wonderful collections and brilliant displays..would love to see more!

Lynn said...

Every photograph is a delight to look at. I love the sewing box shelves.

B.Held said...

that's beautiful

Nicky said...

Judy, STUNNING as always - you are a true inspiration in every way to so many people - your collections are beautiful, especially those books which you have displayed with such love. The little plaque is so 'then' just love it x

Gretz said...

Does your creativity know no bounds??? Just love the way you have displayed your antique tools. I bet you have to do an audit everytime MDM comes to visit LOL.

And the sign - it's PRICELESS.

:-)

JudyK said...

Congtats on being included the book! Ok..this is my 4th try, it won't accept my Typepad
Thank you for showing so many pictures! I have those boxes stacked doing nothing and have a collection of old tools from my grandparents..thanks for giving us ideas. Yes...you do have a sense of humor! I tried to email you but I must have an older email as it was rejected so I sent it to Etsy convo
xoxo

Lisa Hoffman said...

WOW. Now THIS is amazing. There is SO much to see in everyone's studios and I love the personal "Tour" by the artists themselves. Everything has a story. Oh, and if someone's offended by your wonderful plaque, may we suggest that they simply avert their eyes?...more of THIS stuff Jude, more ...More......

Leslie said...

Wow Judy! Your studio is filled with beautiful and interesting things that I want to see in person. And it's so well organized! Love those old tools on the box parts. What a wonderful way to display them. I'm going back up for another look.

xo

Gina said...

looks fabulous ... luverly corners and things of interest everywhere ... so much inspiration >>> GINA

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Poetic Artist said...

WOW>>Just wow...so much inspiration. So much beauty.

Seth said...

I could get lost in your studio for hours. No...for days. And my sense is that these photos are only the tip of the iceberg!! Si inspiring that I linked to this post from the Inspiration Station icon on the sidebar of my blog. Thanks!

Sandi said...

Judy, I loved seeing more of your wonderful studio!! My husband and I have a collection of old tools and pulleys, and I'll definitely be showing him the great display you've put together. I have a thing for old boxes and bins too and can't resist bringing them home when I find them.

Little Brown Sparrow said...

And congrats on the book! I think you and I must have very similar living spaces because I think I'm going to have a small aneurysm over these photos! I know my Dad would have one over the first pic, he collects old tools as well. The twist-handled one is an exquisite piece of smithing.

I'd love to come to one of your workshops- one day my churchmouse status will be overcome and I'll get there! I just know I'd learn so much, even just being in your presence.

Janine said...

Judy, loved to be able to see the studio! Great displays xo

michelle ward said...

*faints*

HeArt Collective said...

so inspiring!
thanks for sharing...

now to get down to the studio and see if i can find the tops of my tables! :)

happy day!
xoxo
jul

Dede Warren said...

I love this little peek into your room Judy! While I've seen Lynn's book, and really enjoyed your article and photos there, this feels like a personal tour!!

And wasn't I surprised to see little dollies! OH, so cute!!

layers said...

I have the studio book you are in... and love all the collections you have-- which are incredible and so am amazed there is even more that did not make it into the book-- I would love to come to your studio and just rummage around and touch and admire everything in person.

Judy Wise said...

Simply incredible. You are productive and inventive beyond all imagining. These collections put me in a swoon of admiration. xo

Kim said...

What a hoot Judy! I presume you are now looking for that perfect sink, LOL! Great display ideas and I think I could spend hours just perusing the books!

Jen Crossley said...

YOur studio is just a feast for the eyes so much to take in Looking forward to spending sometime with you in twoo weeks time
Take care
Jen

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful studio space...I bought Lynne's book and found it to be quite rewarding just vicariously visiting a place where you make your sacred marks... Bravo! mi Lady! Thank you for the wonderful insights and processes you have shared from half way around our Mother Earth! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Did you have any difficult responses to the tsunami from the tragic earthquake in Chile? You have been in my thoughts all day...it is still snowing here! :o)

Karen Cole said...

That tool collection shows up so well on that new white background.

Someday......I'll see that studio.

azirca said...

Oh my...what a collection of treasures all displayed with artistic flair too.
Love the sign!

Renee Troy said...

I love being a voyeur and looking into peoples precious soul spaces. Yours is amazing. I love what you did with the boxes and tools. Just awesome!

Judy said...

Thanks to you all for your amazing comments - so sweet!

Studio Sylvia said...

A very enjoyable post Judy. I have Lynne's book and it is an ienjoyable read. Looking forward to participating in your workshop and finally getting to meet you - you are inspiring.

La Dolce Vita said...

what a fun tour! thanks for this inspiration and don't forget to show us more later!!!

A bird in the hand said...

I saw your studio (or parts of it) in Lynne Perrella's book. I could be very happy in it -- haha! Love the idea of the wee books and how you use yours. Alas there are no photos of my ancestors who died in the genocide. That's what I was thinking when I saw the dollies' heads so my brain made an awful connection to the photographs of all the decapitated heads of the Armenian intellectuals stacked up and photographed by the perpetrators. then I saw the dollies' little bodies and snapped back to the present.

Your fervent admirer,
C. xoxo

gina armfield said...

Lynne's book didn't do your space justice - I love that you included these shots for us to see - just lovely and they show your personality -i want to see more! btw thanks so much for the booklet info - I love it and it is exactly what I needed! You rock sister ;)

rivergardenstudio said...

What an amazing post, and your studio, the old tools, the shelves, the books and the dolls, wow. I am going back for another look! roxanne

lindaharre said...

Thanks for sharing the place where those fabulous piece are conceived! I can see you working there into the weeeeee hours of the night:D Sure looks neat though...ha..ha!

Lisa Cook said...

awesome use of rich old wood and books and tools....mmmmmm. how great to be in the book. now i have to go buy it!
i look forward to seeing you in person at valley ridge in august!

Deryn Mentock said...

LOVE your vintage tool collection! There's something comforting about holding a smoothed handle that you know has been used hundreds of times before...

Sue McGettigan said...

Every little piece is so wonderful, what a great environment for inspiration. My Dad collects antique tools, I'll have to send him a link to your display, he'll love it!