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