Getting Inspired to Get Organized

02 Jul 2008

More good stuff from Cloth Paper Scissors - this special Studios issue comes out this week. I'm very inspired by it - but more on that in a minute.

I always find it cool to see other creative people's work-spaces, and this issue shows a lot of them. It's really impressive to see all the ingenious storage solutions and inspiration boards. And especially, it's impressive to see how many well-known artists do their creating from small spaces.

My very favorite photo, of Michael Aaron McAllister's work nook.

The back of the issue has several fun little organizer-and-art projects to try.

Cloth Paper Scissors editor Patricia Bolton also shares her own studio makeover, and the "Before" pictures made me feel so much better - but more on that in a minute, too.

Anyway, it's fun to follow the transformation of this space from crowded to serene. Wouldn't you love to have a room like this to craft in?

. . . Okay, so now for my personal angle. This magazine fell into my hands at just the right moment, because my own studio space is absolutely imploding, and I have to do something about it. In the past year, I've become involved in teaching craft classes, and developing freelance craft projects, and one huge project I can't reveal yet. And this is the effect all of this has had on my office:

EEEESH! Let me tell you, finding anything around here can be a bit of an effort.

It's really time for me to take my creative life more seriously, and make a space I can work in comfortably. We don't have much space around here, but it can be better than this..


This is supposed to be my craft table!

You have all been so instrumental in my keeping up the transformation of my deck - your lovely comments have kept me motivated, and I'm thoroughly enjoying my little outdoor space. So I'm sharing this new transformation project with you, in hopes that it will help me stay on track and get this done before it simply avalanches and buries me.

BTW, Hanna passed me this great link on Domino: 9 Tips for Establishing a Creative Space.

Check out Studios. And wish me luck!

Comments

Ohhhh, what a great article, I'll have to give it a look through! It's so great to see your work space, mine is so similar, it makes me feel better about the controlled chaos state that mine is always in :)


WOW!
I'm gonna go track this puppy down!
My rppm could sure use it! LOL


So we finally get to see your studio. Niiice!

In my old studio, I used a tall Ikea shelving unit with eighteen 15" cube cubbies. Over the bottom nine cubbies, I hung three long, slim, white curtains that I made. They were really easy to make and use. I just used fusible interfacing to stiffen the fabric and they were perfect. I could hide the mess behind them! In the top nine cubbies I kept books and supplies in decorative baskets and boxes. It worked out really well, but I had to leave it in Massachusetts before I moved.

GL! I can't wait to see the updated studio shots! :o)


Ooooo, inspiring! I'm trying to organize my sewing/craft corner. I'm not brave enough to post pictures of my before until I've finished my after.


your studio space looks like mine- right down to the stratigraphic layers of grouped stuff from completed/abandoned projects that I will get around to putting away...later.
x


I know it can be SO frustrating and overwhelming. I'm with you! I now have TWO tables that look like your work table, and I can't find things because I just have them thrown into bags! So this weekend is an organizer, and I'll be sending good thoughts to you while I look for that roll of decorative tape or that metal charm I just KNOW I have!

Thanks for the reminder about this issue; I'll make a point to get it. I love being a voyeur!


How fun to get to peek into your craft room Diane, I hope to see more once the desk is visuable! ;-)


Diane -- thanks so much for this bit of inspiration. Yes, inspiration! Seeing other people's clutter and watching the process of it getting organized is always way more inspiring to me than finished rooms that have been gone over by photo stylists!

I've been avoiding a major studio overhaul, but this post, coupled with a new floor plan I did yesterday, may just be the kick in the behind I needed.


I'm late to the party here I know, but I wanted to say:

1. I have that book and I love it.

2. I am totally impressed that you had the guts to post your "Before" photos -- you're inspiring me!


Thanks for the glimpse! I have to say, with the amount of projects you do, I'm surprised your studio isn't much more cluttered! I'll be looking forward to seeing the transformation!


To me, your space says "creative ferment." There's definitely a lot of value to the straightening-up process, but there is something to be said for being active enough to let it get messy in the first place.


An over-haul is soooo worth it! It took me a full year, but I went from this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekxnerd/536524549/in/set-72157600327807067/ to this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekxnerd/sets/72157600327807067/

Now granted, it doesn't always look like that...but those pretty pictures encourage me to keep it clean!


WOW!
I'm gonna go track this puppy down!
My rppm could sure use it! LOL


So we finally get to see your studio. Niiice!

In my old studio, I used a tall Ikea shelving unit with eighteen 15" cube cubbies. Over the bottom nine cubbies, I hung three long, slim, white curtains that I made. They were really easy to make and use. I just used fusible interfacing to stiffen the fabric and they were perfect. I could hide the mess behind them! In the top nine cubbies I kept books and supplies in decorative baskets and boxes. It worked out really well, but I had to leave it in Massachusetts before I moved.

GL! I can't wait to see the updated studio shots! :o)


Ooooo, inspiring! I'm trying to organize my sewing/craft corner. I'm not brave enough to post pictures of my before until I've finished my after.


your studio space looks like mine- right down to the stratigraphic layers of grouped stuff from completed/abandoned projects that I will get around to putting away...later.
x


An over-haul is soooo worth it! It took me a full year, but I went from this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekxnerd/536524549/in/set-72157600327807067/ to this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekxnerd/sets/72157600327807067/

Now granted, it doesn't always look like that...but those pretty pictures encourage me to keep it clean!


I know it can be SO frustrating and overwhelming. I'm with you! I now have TWO tables that look like your work table, and I can't find things because I just have them thrown into bags! So this weekend is an organizer, and I'll be sending good thoughts to you while I look for that roll of decorative tape or that metal charm I just KNOW I have!

Thanks for the reminder about this issue; I'll make a point to get it. I love being a voyeur!


Thanks for the glimpse! I have to say, with the amount of projects you do, I'm surprised your studio isn't much more cluttered! I'll be looking forward to seeing the transformation!


To me, your space says "creative ferment." There's definitely a lot of value to the straightening-up process, but there is something to be said for being active enough to let it get messy in the first place.


How fun to get to peek into your craft room Diane, I hope to see more once the desk is visuable! ;-)


Ohhhh, what a great article, I'll have to give it a look through! It's so great to see your work space, mine is so similar, it makes me feel better about the controlled chaos state that mine is always in :)


Diane -- thanks so much for this bit of inspiration. Yes, inspiration! Seeing other people's clutter and watching the process of it getting organized is always way more inspiring to me than finished rooms that have been gone over by photo stylists!

I've been avoiding a major studio overhaul, but this post, coupled with a new floor plan I did yesterday, may just be the kick in the behind I needed.


I'm late to the party here I know, but I wanted to say:

1. I have that book and I love it.

2. I am totally impressed that you had the guts to post your "Before" photos -- you're inspiring me!


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