Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This wonderful little building, in what is now called Liberty Village, was my studio for 10 years but as often happens it has been gentrified. It was the pay roll office for the Toronto Carpet Factory which built the complex in the late 1800s - 4 acres (a complete city block) with several large buildings surrounding interior courtyards and laneways. A total of 310,000 sq ft of space with exposed bricks, wooden floors, and wooden beams - incredible! During the 1970s the complex became artist studios - painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, etc (it was an exciting time to be there) but now is all occupied by corporate offices, restaurants, etc and the artists are gone. Our space became an architect office, then a business office, and for the last several years a restaurant - hence the addition of a deck which is rather windswept in this early a.m. shot. An absolutely super studio and a great time!