Wow! Thanks for all the comments on my stamp pad tut - I'd hoped it would be useful. I discovered a ton of lovely blogs via the comments, too, once I'd finished painting and turned the pc back on. But more about that later. First, a tour of my lovely 'new' studio that I can't get enough of:
There are still a few things standing around waiting for usefulness, like a cd rack...
The tangle of wires under the desk still needs sorting out, my prized Jaime Hernandez print needs a frame repair before it can go back on the wall, and that table is really starting to look like it wants to be painted white too.
The thing in front of the fireplace is a handmade mutoscope - I'm putting together a bunch of posts relating to it's construction, before it's finally dismantled. It'll be a pity to get rid of it, but it's such a huge thing to store.
The trophy heads are papermache: transgenic trophies, made for a display about genetically modified foods. A fish with tomato genes, and a chicken with corn (I think the chicken genes are put into the corn, rather than the other way around, but I can't remember.)
The pictures are arranged the way they are because there were nails in the walls at those spots. I've lived in enough 100 year old houses in this area to be grateful that somebody managed to get a nail to stick, and I use what's there rather than trying to get any more in.
Above my desk, too high to play with, these faces:
They have led's in the eyes, and slotting the dangling objects into their brains causes the led's to light up and a buzzer to beep. (Made for the same show as the mutoscope - it was a complicated thing!)
A collage-y thing I made when a housemate found a box of letterpress blocks thrown out by the Temperance Society, who used to have offices in this neighbourhood. The flower photo is by another housemate, and commemorates the only flower we had in our garden that year.
My parents' old hi-fi. I'd love to have it working again. And the spice rack from my mom's kitchen that now holds all my drawing and cutting things.
It's actually looking quite minimalist, at least for me.
Apparently eccentric curtains. My window looks out onto a busy road, so I needed some privacy. But full net curtains really do cut out a lot of light. The window is very wide, so cafe-style curtains sagged horribly in the middle. Using the burglar bars and many many bulldog clips gives me a half curtain that still lets in light. It's a work in progress....
Finally, my pride and joy! A cobbled-together lampshade. One wire lampshade frame, a roll of blue nylon ribbon, and some fringing. When it gets dusty it will be quick work to undo the ribbon, wash it and weave it through again. The red blobby thing is something I found on the side of the road one rubbish day, and had to bring home.