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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Oh boy, oh boy, have you started the wheels spinning in my head! I love the idea of a knitting plan, and am eager to see what you come up with, because I might just have to copycat you.

And a studio.... I've been seriously considering turning my deck into either a screened porch or, preferably, a four-season room, of which one of its purposes would be for orderly stash storage and display. I think I'll be looking hard into this, after the New Year. I may have to look at that book you recommended, for inspiration....

By Blogger Mary, at 1:24 PM  

Hi Bess - I am Rusty Smith, the program chair of Auburn University School of Architecture. Thanks for the kind words about Sambo and The Rural Studio. You may also enjoy both "Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee" and "Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture" Sambo actually worked on the last book prior to his untimely death; it showcases not only the work of the Rural Studio students but also a good sampling of Sambo's artwork that was significantly influenced by his time in Hale County.

You may also find it interesting that both Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley (The author and photographer, respectively) of the first two books both donate the entire proceeds of their books to support the work of the Rural Studio, so your purchase has helped us out directly - thanks for that!

As you are designing your own studio, you may enjoy Micahel Pollan's book "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder" in which Pollan works with an architect to design his own studio and then embarks on the construction of the studio himself. It is required reading for all of our students.

Finally, you may enjoy taking a peak at the site for a look at a studio for Renowned Quilter Mozell Benson that our students are in the process of completing. The site is not yet populated with content, but should be by early January when the students that are working on it return to school.

Thanks again for the notice - I hope that the design of your studio is as pleasant as it should be!

By Blogger Rusty, at 7:44 PM  

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Thursday, December 14, 2006  

Whew! I had no idea I wouldn’t be posting for such a long time. Nothing untoward has occurred. I’d blame it on Christmas and all its frenzy, because that would be easy, only, it wouldn’t be true. I’ve just been busy/waking in the night/sleeping too late to get on-line in the mornings. Monday I slipped on over to Richmond and visited with my folks and my Alaska sister. I hadn’t seen her since Christmas ’00 but the last time Mama went into the hospital, my other VA sister and I encouraged both far away sisters to make the trip back east if they possibly could. Happily, one could come before Christmas.

I gave her a lift to the airport on Tuesday and then rolled back into town to have lunch with M in Carytown – and check out the yarns at The Yarn Lounge. I was especially looking at sock yarns because I am having serious sock creativity surges as I knit away on Christmas socks. She had Fleece Artist sock yarn – yum. One day soon I will have some of that too. Only 17 days left on my Sacred Fiber Oath. Whew.

I am still working on my Personal Knitters Almanac for 2007. I’m really warming to the idea of plotting out a knitting schedule, much as Elizabeth Zimmermann did, tailored to my needs, lusts, and stash. I’m shifting around ideas like someone working the shell game at the fair right now, but I will map it all out on January 1, when I sit down to do my Year in Review/Ahead list making. I love the idea of treating time like money and budgeting it to see just how much I can get from a definitely limited resource. It’s another kind of Math Play that really gets me feeling energized and powerful and happy.

I’m also designing a studio for myself. Not that there’s any serious discussion between the RoyalCouple about expanding TheCastle – yet. But there will be one of these days and besides, I know that having A Plan is always a good thing. Always. You never know if you’ll be able to carry out your plan, but for sure, you won’t be able to if you don’t actually create a plan.

I adore planning. It’s such a creative positive thing. It’s the sort of activity that creaks open the rusted gates of your mind – and of your heart. It helps you write your self-definition. It rolls out the carpet of possibility like some welcoming path to joy. And while I’ve wanted a studio for a long time, and have even put a few ideas down on paper, they were of meager proportions. I’m glad they never came to fruition. What I envisioned would have been inadequate.

I’m ready now to really blow open the idea cache and root through the treasures. One first step was to look up books about studios – an almost forlorn activity, for there are very few books on studio design unless it’s a photographer’s studio or a recording studio. I’ve found a few, though and ordered them via interlibrary-loan. But a happy by-product of digging through one vein of information is how many other fascinating things you’ll discover. Like this – for example - discovered while doing a keyword search on OCLC for Studio!

Well you may have heard of them before, but I had not and this is a most fascinating book. Lots of photos. Enough text to inform you, but not so much you skip it all and just look at the pictures. Sambo Mockbee has created an organization for a truly creative marriage of social work and architecture. I’ll do a longer review of this book later, but I can already tell you its idea, its premise, is enough to earn it 5 stars.

posted by Bess | 11:55 AM