Machine Room – Hanging Gardens

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I’m an urban, high-rise apartment dweller. My living-working-gardening space is limited. Some people have breakfast nooks or solariums next to their kitchens, but my breakfast nook is a Machine Room, which also doubles as my Hanging Gardens. About a year ago I read on the news that just looking at growing things and being near them increases our emotional well-being and productivity, and since then I kind of lost my mind and developed a bit of a plant hoarding problem. I currently have 120.

Living alongside my manufacturing equipment always creates a frustrating functionality-vs-aesthetic conflict because I hate visual clutter. I need my machines/tools because they help me make art, so I try to integrate them into my home decor as best as I can and still be comfortable living amongst them. It takes a lot of curating. Feels like a game of Tetris sometimes.

Needless to say, my machines and I are very close. Sometimes late at night I throw some rugs down on the cold tile floor, pour some tea, light candles for atmosphere and just hang out with them while pretending we’re in a lovely garden. It’s kinda nice.


35 Responses

  1. Jacci says:

    i know what you mean about visual clutter. my apartment is basically a gallery with art all over the tables and walls, and my machine problem was the TV. unlike you, needing your machines to create art, i had no use for the TV. i tried to put art on it to make it easier to look at, but it has been resting in peace in my parents basement for the past two and a half years with the VCR and DVD players.

    as for plants, i have a cat, so, yeah. plus i’ve been know to kill cacti. so, no plants but lots of nice fake flower and feather arrangements out of the cat’s reach.

    anyway, sounds like a good setup to me.

  2. Jayne Wourms says:

    Looks lovely. I don’t do plants, but spring for fresh flowers nearly every week. They make a house a home for sure.

  3. Anthony says:

    That is so interesting. You know I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but about 3 years ago my boyfriend gifted me with a GORGEOUS Orchid which bloomed and bloomed since I got it. The happiest plant in the world my little one was, until one day I had to re-pot her and no more. This was heartbreaking to me since she truly means so much to me, and I’ve been sad ever since just seeing her get worst and worst, but I never gave up. Then this morning I took a look and saw the first sign of new life I’d seen in months!!! My little fighter is back. It sounds silly now that I’m typing and sharing this with you, but it’s changed my day and maybe even week from here on out to see my little one hasn’t given up on this world.

    • Crystal says:

      Anthony I have heard that orchids do best in nutrient poor soil, so maybe it’s the soil since most potting soils have stuff like miracle grow in them.

  4. Fairy says:

    People who “hoard” on things to take care of, either it’s four dogs, or five cats, or hundred plants, are actually in need for something more to take care of. That’s a big sign that they are actually ready for kids. You need a baby, dear

  5. Merri says:

    I’m sure I can hear a biological clock ticking…hehe :D

  6. Lynne says:

    I have 4 kids and don’t want any more but would
    LOVE a little family of ED’s!!!! …. Maybe I could sell
    the kids??? Aha!! Problem solved heehee!!

  7. Fairy says:

    Yes, sorry, the last sentence about you needing a baby is totally wrong of me. Plus, you actually have one, I forgot about your puppy

  8. Crystal says:

    It’s always so interesting to see someone’s living space. One thing for sure, you won’t lack for oxygen!

  9. Irine says:

    Marina, i love seeing your working space full lovely plants! The plants and flowers add so much life to out living spaces, besides they are great for providing us with clean air. I think your working room looks very natural and cozy. Keep on taking care of your plants and they will pay you with their beautiful blooms.

  10. Sonia Anne says:

    Marina, I would like your living space any time!

  11. luna says:

    is that real fur…?

    • Jayne Wourms says:

      Don’t worry it looks dead, so I think she is quite safe.

      • Jayne Wourms says:

        This was totally a joke, hope I didn’t start ( or add to) a thing….
        FYI- I have never seen a real goat or a sheep that big in my life!

    • DeeDee says:

      Gosh, it is real fur and leather! Yeah, fake fur coats for the dolls because one must look like one cares about animal rights but at home it’s okay to prop up your laptop on a big leather poof and sit around on a dead animal skin. I used to be a really big fan of yours Marina but this is the last straw. What you say or what you project is not what you do or are. Do not worry, this is my last comment ever here.

  12. Natalia says:

    It is very lovely what you are saying. Very comforting.

  13. Crystal says:

    When are we going to see Madman P. ?????????

  14. Crystal says:

    I was thinking. It would be very cool to see some of the art you did in other mediums! Maybe you could give us a peek???

  15. Kiimas says:

    Wow, what’s happened to you? You used to be something.

    • Fairy says:

      She still is something. Whatever any doll maker does, she does it first. She is the beginning of all the wonders in doll making history. She started what doll making is today. Ask any doll maker, they don’t know each other, but every one of them knows her. She has something what every doll maker prays for – a vision, that something special that enchants the viewer. Of course, when one wolf attacks, all the rest of them jump in to get a bite. That what’s happening here now. About the baby it wasn’t an attack, it was a reminder to not get lost in a fantasy world but to take a chance at being unconditionally happy in the real one. Some things that were said here later will only take away from the rest of us that rare chance to get a glimpse of Marina’s life. It will take away that chance to understand what drives her, what does her creativity begins with and how can we do dolls like that. It’s not only talent, it’s perfectionism, patience and determination. She has it all. We can attack, but we can’t take away any of that. She gives me hope. A hope that all this is possible and I have a chance to create like that one day.

      • Linda says:

        Well said Fairy. It goes to show how very quickly one subject matter can turn to another. Let’s just stick to the reason we read this blog in the first place. To see beautiful art.

      • Marie says:

        I do agree, that Marina does stunning work and has made the very important job in porcelain doll world -but, there are many artists now doing stuff Marina has not tried yet (or at least has not shown publickly). Like Dorote Zaukaite, Alina Ivanova Rakovich (recent silver incrustation of the porcelain) and Rafael Nuri -just to mention few.
        I love the fact, that there are more and more new doll makers trying all kinds of things -and we porcelain doll addicts, have the oppurtunity to buy those dolls and enjoy them without being millionairs.

  16. Crystal says:

    It’s hard to know how to feel about times like this. To some degree fans feel a certain attachment to an artist, like there is some kind of personal relationship when there really is not. So when suddenly there is no more communication, it’s distressing a little because we think we matter. Anyway, Marina has her own life to live and it may not include a blog anymore.

  17. Sonia Anne says:

    I think that there is a personal relationship between a Doll Artist and a fan. Just by having e-mail conversations with an Artist or reading their blog, can become personal. You then, get to know , what the Artist is about, and to me, that is personal.

  18. Lynne says:

    I love the fact Marina writes a blog even though it’s
    not updated that often because it gives me a little glimpse
    into her doll world and let’s me feast my eyes on beautiful
    things that I will never be able to own myself x

  19. Crystal says:

    Yet another Sunday goes by, and nothing.

  20. Sonia Anne says:

    Marina updates her blog when she is ready to do so. We just have to wait.

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