Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Creative Space



This week the creative space is beside itself with excitement. Somewhere in the last few weeks (following on from that screenprinting course) I was hit by the most brilliant notion. I have managed to secure a temporary-ish studio space. My Grandpa’s revamped workshop at the back of my Dad’s house, is available for my use, in exchange for some finishing touches: electricity, water, er, a back door. Wow.

Weirdly, my Dad acted as though he had expected my call all along. It took not one jot of convincing or negotiation. As I hung up the phone, I was reminded of a Saturday night, 11pm, somewhere in my final year of high school. I had a sudden urgent need to get to a town, four hours drive away, to photograph salinity-affected farmland for a major project. Dad and I hit the road at a quarter past midnight and were back 24 hours later. I reckon my Why The Heck Not? moments are inherited from him.

If the Christmas Shopping Gods are not with me this week, the Table God is. I picked up just the ticket for the princely sum of five dollars. The ink, screens, other bits and bobs arrived this morning and I’m nearly ready to dive in.



Best of all and against all odds, Pa’s workshop still smells like Pa’s workshop. Every time I walk in there, I get this bit of song in my head:

Do you remember that night in September
When we were young and life was mellow.


...which I have just Googled and now know to be completely wrong. It should be:

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.


For the eighteen years I knew him, my Pa whistled, hummed or sang those two lines, most of the time standing at his workbench in his wonky-ceilinged workshop. But I think I’ll stick with my childhood lyric interpretation.



Everything feels just right.

Pop on over to Kirsty’s for the last pre-Christmas Creative Spacers...

53 comments:

Umatji said...

oh you lucky thang you! your very own space - the wonderful things you will create - and wots more it can be like you own blokes shed but just for you!

Tammy James said...

Ahhh - thats a squeal of delight BTW! I'm so excited for you!!

Mama Mogantosh said...

How excitement! A studio of ones own...oh, I dream of the day...

Good luck setting up, and I love the spirit of your Grandad there too. You'll lhave to keep an eye out for that LP to frame...

Tas said...

What a fantastic workspace- and it comes with such great vibes. PS Your dad sounds ace! I hope that I can be that kind of parent when required.

yardage girl said...

Good for you - I know how you're feeling ... brilliant isn't it! Enjoy the ride, my friend!

Michelle said...

How wonderful! Love that the studio has such history for you too.

Little Ted Canvas said...

How exciting for you! And what lovely memories...

Tamara said...

I'm so envious I must say...how I would love a space to screen print, I did a short course in textile design @ RMIT last year and seriously fell in love...time and more importantly space have held me back...I tried the lino thing and after a few too many cuts gave up :( Your space is perfect! Can't wait to see what you produce out of there, Tam xo

Fran said...

How fantastic - a space all your very own and your dad sounds double fantastic!

I know that song, wrong lyrics and all I recognised it immediately (should I be embarrassed - well I'm not!)

Can't wait to see what comes out of your screen printing, I'm almost tempted to join the swap just in the hope of receiving one of your creations.......

Karen said...

I seriously canot wait to see what you create in your new space.
What great memories you already have from your new studio.

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

That looks like an amazing space. Can't wait to see what comes out of it.

willywagtail said...

I think that all sounds just terrific. And especially that you have an emotional connection to the place which sure is lovely and big. Good on you for getting back to your dream. Your Dad sounds wonderful too. Cherrie

ange_moore said...

Wow - your very own studio! Does that mean you might actually be making and selling those "wash the dishes" tea towels? Can't wait to see what wonderful things you create from this fabulous (and nostalgic) space.

As for those song lyrics - paint them on the wall!!

beck said...

I'm straight away remembering my grandfathers shed/workspace and the sawdusty/oily smell it had. What a great post, I love that you are now creating wonderous things in that lovely shared family space. Your dad sounds ace, lucky you!! Can't wait to see what you cook up xo

Tina - Melbourne Vintage said...

That's brilliant - can't wait to see what will come out of the studio!

Mel said...

Oooooooo nice! Very nice indeed! Magic is going to happen in there I can "feel it in me waters" ;)

Hayley Egan said...

That's awesome! Are you going to have kid-free time?

One Flew Over said...

Look at you go!

Lot's of amazing screenprinted goodness is going to happen in that 'workshop'..which quite frankly looks like a pretty spandangle studio...well nearly...once the lights are hooked up.

Thea said...

That's a great space and plenty of room to upgrade your printing table when you're ready!

Angie said...

My hand is up for any tea towels produced in that fab new studio (I'm hoping a designer tea towel will ease the drudgery of dishes....not that I dry dishes)

Maggie said...

woohoo! congratulations on your new/old space.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
This post has created a flood of memories and lump in the throat. I was transported back to Pa's shed the smell, iron fillings on the ground, huge machinery, those overalls and his favourite song..Yes I can hear it!
How different the space looks now, and how wonderful that it can be used again to create. Enjoy Tarn...Hope to check out your new space some time!
Jen x

CurlyPops said...

OMG I was expecting to see an old run down shed.... not a fantastically glamorous excitingly huge space like that.
I'm so jealous!

Kylie said...

So beautiful. What very special people you have around you, hon.... and see how it trickles on. I'm thinking there are a lot of good eggs in your family :)
Lovely table and studio too! Kx

p.s. Merry happy things! I'm off until next year. Hope you have a fab holiday season and thank you so much for all your amazingly inspiring and wonderful posts. xo

red or gray art said...

such.beauty
in your images
in your words
i will have
that song
on my mind
this day~elk

Bumpkin Bears said...

so nice to find your blog, this is such exciting news - ooo your own studio space - have fun and sing along :) Catherine x

Kirsty said...

It's so good! Made even better by the fact that it was once Pa's workshop. I just love it.

Angus in Northcote said...

Dads are very sneaky. Judging by that last photo I suspect he's been prepping that little nest thinking "hmm, this would be a lovely spot for my little girl to get away from the brood to do a bit of work"

Madeline said...

Wow! What an incredible space. Can't wait to see what comes out of it. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Christina Lowry said...

Oh god, the jealousy. THE JEALOUSY!! I will try to control it long enough to say how fantastic that is and how excited I am for you! It looks like a wonderful space and I love those big tubs of paint. So shall I put my order in for the tea towels now? Seriously!

Congratulations, enjoy yourself and tell your Dad that we all think he is awesome!

:)

craftschmaft said...

There is nothing better in life than those "what the heck" moments is there? LOVE your creative space, especially with the family connection. You are going to create some amazing stuff in there lovely lady.

elly bee said...

now you can really say 'mum is out to work'. it looks super and I do hope you have lots of perfect days in there (I can hum that one for you).
enjoy tan, and a very dutch question: can you go there by bike?
eb xx

Nikki said...

Yippee! Dive in and enjoy the swim. Great to hear the water feels fine.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

How perfect ! Space , with no need to tidy everything away before dinner .... with built-in memories and a sympathetic landlord .

brownhairblueribbon said...

oh lordy, I am all teary! What a great spot, hurrah for Dads and Grandpas and whistling.
It 'tis a wonderful spot.

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh wow, it's like a giant palette. So much space for so much experimenting and creativity. Wonderful Tania - what a great christmas present.

PS: Very excited about seeing what comes of it all

Leonie Guld said...

Ooooooh I cannot WAIT to see what come's out of that SPACE. OMG.....I bet you feel like you have won LOTTO!!! Bloody hell HOW GOOD IS THAT!!!!!

Fer said...

Oh wow, that's sooooo cool!

btw, that's really freaky - I've had the first line of that song buzzing around in my head the last couple of weeks, except I kept thinking the first line was "do you remember the first of September"!!

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

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I'm not jealous... not one bit...
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Duyvken said...

You're space looks amazing!

peppermintpatcher said...

What an amazing space and an amazing story and song to go with it. I'm imspired just hearing about it!

Cute as Buttons said...

Best I leave you with a quote from Neil (who I mistakenly thought to be the singer of your song!) to sum up your new direction:
I believe in happy endings
Starry skies and dreams come true
Dream big M&E! Lisa

--ginger. said...

What a SCORE. The best part is that it smells right. You're going to log a lot of great hours in there. I'm really glad for you.

Margaret said...

I'm with the earlier 'lump in the throat' comment, I felt quite teary reading your post, funny how life works out. Good luck in your wonderful new space, can't wait to see what creative gifts it brings! M

Cath from chunkychooky said...

Imagine all the good stuff you can pump out of there! cripes I am excited to see....
and excited for you that you have studio of your very own.

Nikki Cardigan said...

I am very excited for you. Busting even! I hope there is a kettle attached to a powerpoint that is attached to electricity. I look forward to sharing a cuppa in your space.

Sandrine said...

How wonderful to make your work space in your dad's works space!I am sure what is going to come out will be just GREAT!xx

suesueb said...

Beautiful legacy to carry on!! Lots of luck and fun!

Lola Nova said...

How wonderful! I just can't wait to see what you create. Thank you for sharing your memories as well, what a gift.

katiecrackernuts said...

Gaaah, that space is brilliant? Fancy renting out a table's width in it for me?

m.e (Cathie) said...

ooohh, love the space, love the song, love the pics, love the story with you & your dad and especially love that it was your pa's old workshop!
have fun ♥

Clementine's Shoes said...

Woah! Fantastic space! What a score!! (also on the table front)
Enjoy making it into YOUR creative space. Hope the family allow you plenty of opportunities to make use of it.

GUGAW said...

exciting! a perfect blank canvas for all your creativity :)