Around the Studio

Some shots from around the industrial mill mill where my studio is located.

- The building my studio is in.  I've always been fascinated by the industrial mill town and even took a course on the history of the mills in college.  I started a personal photography project documenting little scenes from the mill district where my studio is located.  The mill district has a rich history from an interesting time period.  When I think back through the years our wedding reception was held in one of the renovated mill spaces. I went to college in another renovated mill space.  I've worked in two renovated mill spaces and lived in the row house neighborhoods that used to house the mill workers for easy access to the mills for their demanding work schedules. The history of the mills and the redevelopment of the spaces in this town fascinating.  

My dad has been a huge help in getting my studio off the ground. He's cleaned and painted the walls (no small feat - they were a mess in more ways than one!). He washed the floors three times, repaired a clock and repaired/spraypainted a storage cabinet. He also delivered this trash bin to me. I'm very thankful and super lucky. My dad is the best! 

- The elevator in my building.

- Over the past eight months or so I've been collecting vintage chairs for my studio space.  It started with this one which was a holiday gift from my mom for my shipping table.  Then my mom and I found the copper and chrome wire chair pictured above.  I am recovering the seat of the chair and this photo was taken on a day when I was playing around with different fabric options.  I have a three other chairs that I'll share later on once I get a chance to take a photo of them.  I'm hunting down one last seat but haven't found that perfect chair yet from any of my vintage/antique/secondhand sources.  If you have any good leads on that sort of thing let me know.

-  A shot of the timeworn floors and beams in my studio space from when I first moved in.  So full of history - its neat to think about all of the things that have taken place in these spaces for years and years before me.

Images: Rebecca Tollefsen

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