Thursday, June 28, 2007

True Confessions ~ Yes, I'm Organized

I was at a meeting of artists recently, and the discussion of the evening was organizing your art studio. This was the first time I had been at this meeting and the first time of meeting these other artists so I pretty much kept my mouth shut because I seemed to be the odd woman out. My studio is pretty organized.

As I grow older, I've succumb more and more to a disease known among ladies of, shall we say, "a certain age", that I refer to as "short term memory disorder". ;-) Now, I'm talking serious disorder here. Like, when you're sitting at your work table, pick up a pair scissors, lay them down and can't find them again. And you haven't moved from your seat since you picked them up. I know some of you out there know exactly what I'm talking about. :-)

So, I need to know where most things are in my studio or I can waste a lot of time looking for whatever I need to put my hand on at the moment. Even when it's right in front of me. So yes, I admit to being one of those artists who create better when things are clean and organized.
But the more discussions, online and in person I have with other artist's, I think maybe I'm in the minority here.

Today I actually took a little bit of time and labelled some drawers because I found myself continually opening a drawer looking for something only to discover it wasn't in that drawer but another drawer.

I also recently rearranged my studio because I actually wanted some items right out where I could see them. I moved in a dresser and have been putting assemblage type items in boxes and bins right on the dresser top. That way when I'm in an assemblage kind of mood I can just walk over and start playing with pieces to see what I might come up with to create. Plus it has four drawers and gave me more storage. :-)

I love to see other peoples studios so I thought I would share mine. Organization and all.

My favorite very old and primitive
cabinet with lots of storage.

My "new" old dresser and my "wet" table where
I do all my paint kind of work.

Storage closet ~ I'm lucky to have
a hubby who is a woodworker. I took
the doors off so I can see what I have.

My "paper & glue" table where I
spend a lot of time...except when I'm
in front of the computer ;-) I have
all my tools handy.

The other side of my "paper & glue"
table. Lots of drawers. Drawers
are good!


Michelle said...

You ARE organized!!! What a sweet studio you have there!

purplepaint said...

Oh I aspire to be so organized! You have a beautiful studio! Do you use rubber stamps? If so are they in the dresser drawers? That's a great idea by the way!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Well right now I don't use a whole lot of rubber stamps so they are actually in three of the plastic drawers on my work table. But that doesn't mean they aren't growing and may someday end up in the dresser drawers! LOL

donna cook said...

WOW, how cool is this! thanks for "modeling" for us!

Mystele said...

What a wonderful creative space!

Patti said...

Gail, I'm so glad you've confessed to being organized!... So am I, and YES, I think we're in the minority in the creative world!!

Your studio is AMAZING!... and, I think, very YOU!!

Thanks for letting me take a peek!


GwynnsGifts said...

Thank you so much for sharing your space. I love to see where people work. I like my space to start out organized but as the process goes on and the ideas flow the mess grows. Your are an inpiration in organization

Gypsy Purple said...

Love what you did here!!!!

Linda said...

Gail...thank you for sharing shots of your lovely studio. I also work better when I"m organized but have a hard time staying organized. I try my best to keep things in order but somewhere during the creating "things get messy". So what I do is I clean up when I'm done even if the piece isn't finished and that helps. I'm pretty happy with the way my area is organized right now however, I think I have too much crammed in too little an area. lol I'm trying to convince my hubby that he needs to build cabinets and a better work space for me. We'll see. :)


Sam I Am said...

ooooo i love your workspace!!!!! man.. how organized.. please come do mine :) :) :) i'll serve you salsa and chips..and icy cold margaritas ;)

lookin' good ::: thumbs up :::


Shabby Cottage Studio said...

I'll go just about anywhere for salsa, chips and icy cold margaritas!!! My favorite food group! Thanks Sandy! LOL ;-)

Becky said...

Your workspace looks wonderful!

I'm normally very organized--everywhere except where I do my artwork that is. I do lots of collages, and I think that can be even messier than painting.

You've inspired me to hoe out from under some of my stacks of art materials. :)

Anonymous said...

Yea! A lady after my heart! I love to be organized. I'm in the process of redoing my room. I'm at that age too and I hate spending more time looking for something than using it. You have a cute studio.

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

OH I love your studio..and you did such a good job of organizing it into such a usable space. I love that! I tend to be on the messy side with my work area but I defintaly can relate to you with the scissors!! lol

have a great day! Heather

zJayne said...

I so totally can relate to both being organized and doing so because of ummmmm the age memory thing-o. What I find happens for me is that I can keep my jewels color and size organized, but then as I begin creating ...well, enough said.

I then have to periodically clean up and start anew.

Love your spaces, thank you for sharing!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Thanks ladiesfor all the nice comments! And it's nice to know there are some other organized souls out there. LOL And I never said it doesn't get messy. ;-)

Like you Jayne I have to clean up and start anew, over and over.