Maybe it was the awesome warehouse loft in Flashdance, maybe it was the episode of The Simpsons when Bart wins a warehouse in an auction for a buck, but I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want a warehouse of my own. The idea of a big, wide-open space where I could make stuff, paint stuff, or just open a lemonade stand has always appealed to me. I just want a giant room with a cement floor that I can load up with found vintage furniture that needs a new life. I recently got an air-spray gun for my micro-garage setup, and I’ve been trolling for old furniture on Craigslist and have been surprised by the number of responses offering up what would probably just be dropped in the alley for pickers. I actually have more old chairs than I do space to store them and even more ideas of what to do with them if I had the creative space.
Old Warehouse by Kyle Florence via Flickr
My newest daydream is to procure a smallish warehouse space and segment it up into large work areas for maybe 3 other crafty artists. I couldn’t afford to do something like this on my own, but if it were a shared endeavor, then maybe… I don’t even know what spaces like this rent for.
In my little dream, we have quarterly receptions where we get to show and sell our work…kind of like a lemonade stand.
Maybe this is what I’ll explore this weekend.
Have any of you ever procured a space like this or worked within a creative co-op? I’d love to hear more about how it worked out.