So today is the day! I’m going to get into my studio and start clearing and organizing. Tent set up outside to house large items so I can create space. I’ve been standing for a while in the doorway feeling a bit bewildered and wondering what I need to do differently this time so that my studio can “keep the weight off”.
What have I been doing wrong? How could I organize things more efficiently? Perhaps workstations would be better for me. I had that sort of set up when I had a pottery studio. Certain tasks are performed in certain areas, with all tools and materials relate to the workstation. I had started this sort of set up when I moved my larger studio in here…but that plan was literally thrown off track when the mountain of magazine back issues grew! Once it got to the point where I could not pass and could not I get to items/tables behind the mountain things got messy. That is my theory #1. My husband’s theory is to just put things back when I’m finished…. But where to put things? I have tried many different ways to store tools…but one swift pivot in my chair and I’ll knock the pliers off the rack, or beads off a hook…
I started to surf the net looking for images of studio that were well organized and for ideas for storing my items and for creating a working space that works for me. I became site tracked when I started to find images of famous artists’ studios. I started to find solace in the fact that maybe my studio was not “that” messy. But after looking at the images I realized it is not the “mess” that I’m having a hard time with…these artists were clearly able to work in mess. My studio seems to suck my creativity. It is a heavy mess. And the only way to deal with it, is to deal with it!
While I start to dig into my studio…I’ll leave you with a video tour of Linda Kaye-Moses’ studio. She even shows a few tricks on how she creates her texture plates! (Go directly to her video by clicking the screen shot image.)
As always, I enjoy your feedback. I am thrilled that there are other artists “digging in” and cleaning up their studios along with me! Wow! Maybe we can call this movement “The 60 day Studio Challenge”? (I need at least 60 days!)
Below are images of storage ideas I am thinking about. On the CreativeFire Pinterest page: “Goodies For Your Studio” you can find even more ideas. If you’d like to be a contributor to any of our boards, just let us know and we can add you.
And if you’d like to wander off and look at more images of famous artists in their studios: http://www.boredpanda.com/famous-artists-and-their-muses-in-their-studios/
Comments can be left below or if you have images of your studio to share: firstname.lastname@example.org
Storage Ideas I like: