Thedra Cullar-Ledford on CBS Sunday Morning “A matter of choice: Mastectomies without reconstruction”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-matter-of-choice-mastectomies-without-reconstruction/ For women who’ve had mastectomies, what to do next is, increasingly, a matter of choice. And what some women are choosing to do may surprise you. Erin Moriarty of “48 Hours” takes a candid look:  Debbie Bowers, of Bethlehem, Pa., was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and had a double mastectomy. Rebecca Pine…

Thedra Cullar-Ledford profiled in Houston Chronicle: “Show of force: CAMH spotlights hometown trio in solo retrospectives”

Excerpted from “Show of force: CAMH spotlights hometown trio in solo retrospectives: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston spotlights hometown trio in solo retrospectives” by Molly Glentzer in the August 26, 2016 edition of the Houston Chronicle Lady Part Follies Though Blakemore’s photographs are like whispers, most of the work in Thedra Cullar-Ledford’s first solo museum show is purposefully brazen….

Exterior of Independence Art Studios, Houston, Texas

The Place

Independence Art Studios is located in a funky, eclectic part of Houston that became popular with artists and other creatives looking for relatively inexpensive, large, unrestricted lots that were close to the middle of the city. Think honorary inner-loopers pursuing the urban ranch lifestyle. This half-acre has five art studios, a tiny office, our weird house, a vintage Airstream trailer and a…

Interior of one of the studios at Independence Art Studios, Houston

The Space

We currently offer four work-only art studio spaces. Each one is completely independent, lockable, and available 24/7/365. These studios were purpose-built to meet the particular needs of painters and other two-dimensional artists with a 10-foot tall, 19-foot wide work wall. Combined with 220 square feet of floor space and 120 square feet of storage in an overhead loft, they are just right…

People making art in the yard in front front of Independence Art Studios, Houston, Texas

The Vibe

More than ten years ago, as we lay exhausted from working too hard at our jobs to pay the rent in Manhattan, we dreamed of having a property that would provide support for us and a larger community of artists. We had figured out some important life lessons for artists, had managed to acquire useful skills and tools,…

The Business

If you are interested in renting and would like to schedule a visit, please e-mail us or call Thedra at 646-269-4132. If there are not any units available we will add you to the list of people we notify when the next one opens up. If you’re still in the market at that point act fast…

Stephen Cullar-Ledford working on modifying the first shipping container during construction of Independence Art Studios

Shipping Containers

  We get lots of questions about shipping containers. One of the largest sources of traffic to this site is from Pinterest boards that focus on container buildings. We chose to build with shipping containers because we didn’t have any money. Our entire property is “encumbered” by our mortgage which meant that we could not…

One of the family chickens at Independence Art Studios, Houston, TX

The Animals

We have two cats, two dogs and several chickens. Our neighbors keep horses that come up to our fence and visit with the hens. On the street is a flock of feral chickens and a big basset hound named Bob who is claimed by several neighbors. In short, we’re very pet friendly. The only rules are…