I'm pretty familiar with the idea of paying to use facilities that we may not have room for or access to in our own homes. Laundromats serve those without a washer and dryer. You can rent a computer by the hour and use quality printers at many copy shops. Heck, you can go to an internet cafe (or really any coffee shop, at this point) to use the web — typically for free! Why not apply that same concept to crafting? This shop in Spain did just that.
Finding a spacious apartment in Barcelona is akin to searching for spacious digs in New York or San Francisco---it's just not that easy, or affordable! Living in a small home often means that the space necessary to spread out to do a project is sacrificed. It's difficult to even own many of the tools necessary! Sewing machines, for example, take up quite a bit of room even when stowed away, let alone when they're out and in use.
Enter the tienda Costura. While perusing NotCot recently, I was led to an article written by Vera at Sticky Fingers BCN all about this unique shop. Born out of the desire to open a shop that supplied all manner of sewing supplies, two friends Asami and Sonia also decided to rent machines by the hour. Customers can pay to use a room where they can spread out and create, without being held back by space limitations. Also offering workshops to aid those wanting to hone their craft, Costura became a place to go where you can sew away as if you had the luxury of your own creative studio.
Aside from the practicality of this whole idea, Costura is also a beautiful space dotted with vintage machines and accessories, as well as tons of adorable crafty geekery. I would love to go in just to gather some inspiration!
I love this idea, and am sure there are many other places around the world like this. Now, to find creative studios for rent here in Austin! Any hints?