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Monday, March 16, 2009

This Weekend's Loft Update

Me, Michael and Quinn spent Friday in downtown Kingsport. We met with the owner of the building where our studio and (future) gallery will be. We met with the bank regarding our small business loan. We also took the time to stop by neighboring merchants after getting lunch at The Kingsport Grocery Company. We met neighboring artist (she has her studio on the same city block) Suzanne Barrett Justice. We also went by the loft to check progress. We met the project forman who walked us through the space.

Since we had walked through last, the ceiling studs/joists were moved opening up the ceiling more. The ceiling studs/joists were moved opening up the ceiling more. You can see the finished effect in the first photo. The framing is almost complete! We now have a better sense of size. We both realize that on paper the space seemed bigger than in reality. The loft is over 1300 square feet, but it feels smaller than we imagined. You can see the curve of the walls. This is one of our favorite features. Tomorrow I will post pictures of the studio and gallery. The studio and gallery space will be finished before the loft. The loft and the building that the studio and gallery are in are on the same city block, just around the corner. Maybe I can Google Earth it and show you tomorrow. Click on picture to see larger.

Please look at the weekend's posts. New products posted! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


BookWormz March 16, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

very cool! I would love to have my own studio space! As is, our entire apartment in the city is also known as a BookWorm factory! :)

Family in Florida March 16, 2009 at 9:58 AM  

It is looking so good Talina...Can't wait to see it...Mom and I will def come out there!!!

The Basics

Michael and Talina Ripper met online and when they met in person, they knew they had found something special, a once in a lifetime love. Michael obtained BFAs in both Wood Design and Ceramics from ECU. Talina has always been a creative/artistic spirit, but has her BSN from ETSU and still works as an RN. Talina has three sons, Seth (17), Aaron (8), and Jacob (7). Michael and Talina have a son together, Quinn, who is 17 months. They are getting settled in their downtown loft just around the corner from Michael's studio and the gallery. Their dream of living their art is coming true!


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