In February of this year, my friend, Conrad Benner of Streets Dept, and I got a studio space in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Splitting the space has actually worked out great because our schedules compliment one another. While he’s out photographing street art in the day, I’ll be in the studio throwing confetti and moving furniture around. Typically (and I mean on really good days) by the time he’s back in the space, I will have cleaned up and put things back into place.
As for the space, it functions in a lot of different ways. There’s plenty of storage for all my supplies. That was probably the biggest push for me to invest in a space– all the craft clutter in my apartment had to go. After 6 years of running a DIY blog, it was really starting to invade my personal life. The rainbow pegboard I made really helps me to keep things neat, well as neat as I can, in between projects.
Although things can get a bit messy in the studio, it was important for us to have a meeting area dedicated to entertaining clients and guests who came into the space. It’s the one section paint is not allowed so that we can keep everything nice. Plus it’s nice to have a space in the studio for relaxing (or grabbing a cocktail) on those long days.
The walls, except for the ‘Only’ hanging from Aubrie Costello and custom ‘Do Good’ sign from Ever Laser (both Philly-based artists), are white and blank so that I can easily use them for a photo backdrop. I take a lot of lifestyle photos, so I’m always needing to bring in new props, furniture, art, etc. and plain walls make that process a lot easier.
We each have desks and even have a few pop up desks for others that want to come in to work. When not in use, they double as prop tables during shoots. Eventually we will have events, DIY workshops, classes and more. We’ve got plans for how to expand, so stay tuned!