Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ruby Clover's Creative Home Space

Ruby Clover Work Space – Her Home

What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
Well I mostly do mixed media type wall hangings, photography and decoupage boxes. Most of my things will have a mixture of decorative papers, old photos, foreign stamps, layers of distressed paint and inks and some vintage hardware. I also make jewellery and fabric flower brooches and have done a lot of window clings that look like pretty landscapes. Around the holidays I do a lot of ornaments. I decorate any type of blank thing I can get my hands on basically!

Where do you create?

Anywhere and everywhere. Once I'm in "art mode" I'll pull everything out and my paints and papers will end up covering every horizontal surface in my dining room and kitchen. And alot of the time things will actually get glued to the tables and I end up having to sand off chunks of table etc. I have horrible manners when it comes to this, it's very chaotic and confusing around here when I'm in the middle of a project!

How do you keep all your supplies organised?
...bahahahahaa!! I have no real clue where anything is, I've been meaning to jot down notes from your blog actually to see if I can get something more organized going here.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I have to have company coming over in order to have a clean house. Until I know someone's stopping by, it will remain a crazy mess. Or in this case, I was asked to be featured on your blog so I had to clean up for the occasion! All my junk is really just outside of the camera's viewfinder :)

Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
Well I have alot of things in boxes, but I need to get more CLEAR boxes like my fabric bins. I can pretty much see everything inside of them. I need to do that for my paints and paper epehemera and all that small type stuff. I know that I would get alot more done and much faster if I had everything organized. And I could spend more time on artwork instead of being distracted by the mess.

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
Yes. I haven't been making much lately because I know how the place is going to look when I drag everything out. I have stuff spread out everywhere when I start to work and can't just put things away every night. I have to wait until the piece is done and that could take a couple weeks. Not to mention that I also have a vintage shop so I've always got old items strewn around everywhere. If you start doing craft room interventions, put me first on the list please!

If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
Sunny. Bright. Alot of white but alot of color too, I love old folky patterns and Bohemian type stuff. Lots of shelves. A sewing area. A painting area. A lounging area.

Do space limitations get in the way of projects you have in mind?
No I don't think so, I can always do sanding and drilling and stuff in my garage if it was something huge.

What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
Hmmm, don't know. Now you've got me thinking I must need something big :P

Where can people view your work or purchase it?

Etsy Shops:

Arts and Crafts http://www.rubyclover.etsy.com/  
Vintage Items http://www.bohemienne.etsy.com/ 
Facebook Page

Example of Ruby Clover's Work

Thanks to Ruby for allowing me to publish her studio photos and for taking time to answer my questions! Thank you!


  1. what a cute house you have, ruby clover!
    and i love your work!

  2. Rubes, wonderful house. And it really does look very tidy and organized.

  3. *hiding face behind my own two hands* I'm still in shock that I took pix of that messy shelf thing for this lol

    Thanks Ann, thank you for allowing me to come clean about my bad craft room behavior! That's all I needed to have a kick in the a** to really sort this place out! Let's just call this the "befores" and hopefully we can follow up with some "afters" in a few months with my new pimped out digs!! ♥♥♥

  4. OH and in the 3rd pic down...my dogs have their own lair under the staircase, see how they got a drape and a little doorway!?

  5. I think your house is very charming. I also tend to create all over the house even though I have a dedicated studio space. My family is always finding bits of half finished projects all over the house. Good luck with your organization and don't worry we all suffer with the same issues!

  6. thanks sassy, good to hear that other people know how to really make a mess too :)

  7. love it, can't get bored if you have so many places to run off to and create! ;D

  8. Darn that house is clean!
    and beautiful!
    and a typical american fridge where you can go shopping for the week and you'll find space inside
    *sobs uncontrollably*

    all in all a very pleasant read and not a messy shelf in sight :D

  9. iris, i don't know how you guys do it with the tiny fridges if you don't live right in town. It holds like 2 things.

  10. Your house looks fab Rubes! And very tidy! Lol wait til you see here - I'll have to bribe you say it's organised.

  11. Ruby I want your kitchen!...and your fridge! lol :)

    I so really really love your home! and its great to show other blog readers you don't really need a big fancy art studio or even an art room to make great work!

  12. do you think i have enough cigar boxes :O maybe I should actually do something with them.