With such a push for ecologically responsible materials in home construction these days it is vital to also be mindful of the size of a home so materials and energy are not wasted and this is just the concept Jay Shafer put behind Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in Sebastopol, CA. With one of his homes it is possible to attain a living space, sleeping space, kitchen, bathroom, office space and four closets all in 65 square feet. Yes, that reads exactly right. His designs range in size from 65-774 square feet but no matter what layout a client selects there is no lack for amenities, storage or sustainable materials inside.
I have no alarm clock so I get up when I wake up. I go to whole foods and sit with friends out by the parking lot while I eat breakfast. I check my PO Box and call my business partner to see if there is anything I need to know about. Assuming there is nothing pressing I go home to design tiny houses all day (usually forgetting lunch). I eat dinner with friends before renting a movie. That said, I have never actually experienced a “typical” day all the way through. Life always gets in the way.
Is it your personal belief that creativity and the ability to create art is innate?
Yes. Only talent stands in the way of true creativity. Ironically, it is our desire to set ourselves apart with displays of talent or “self expression” that gets in the way of the creative abilities we all possess.
Who or what influenced your work with home construction?
I look at vernacular houses more than anything else. I am less a fan of celebrity art and architecture than I am of buildings built by people for people. Usually the simpler, the better.
Did you personally draft all of the home plans your company offers?
Can you tell me about your creative process?
Where did your first inspiration come from?
Was the Green Movement a major factor in your decision to create Tumbleweed?
What materials do you feel can make the largest impact toward a healthier life by choosing green?
Do you live in one of your designs? If so which one and for how long?
What have you incorporated into your lifestyle to facilitate going green and conserving energy?
What is important to you about conservation and preserving our environment?
What is your favorite project or work you’ve completed thus far?
Do you feel that the Internet has a positive or negative influence on art? How does the Internet affect your work?
What is your greatest ambition as an artist?
What are you currently working on?
What advice would you give a young artist just getting started?
What “Green” Product would you recommend to our readers?
How would your friends describe you?
Photographs courtesy of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company