John and I have been in the new place for almost a year now and I never have posted any pics of my new creative spaces. I always like seeing other artists spaces, and I took some pics the other day to post when prompted in a post from my girl Cassie Stephens...so I'm gonna post mine here, too.
But first a couple of thoughts. For starters, the new place has it's pros and cons. My old studio was one-stop shopping, it was bigger than the new one so I could pretty much fit everything in there. We were in a first floor unit and I had one large window centered on a wall. I loved the natural light, but I hated having to constantly open and close the window...'cause folks be creepin'. However, the space was really roomy and I came up with many DIY organization solutions (on a budget!) so it still makes me happy when I look at images of that space.
Here is a blog post with pics from the old spot;
So the new place is smaller. It's on the third floor, so peepin' and creepin' aren't a concern. There is an attached bathroom so I can change my paint water and wash brushes easily- definitely a bonus. I really had to plan this space though, due to the size...and, can I be honest?
I didn't feel like shlepping ALL of my art supplies up all the stairs- so I didn't. More about that later.
There, I said it. Feels good to just admit it.
The third floor studio (and office space) are for my 'clean' work. I keep my sewing stuff up here, some drawing materials, my resources, beads and jewelry making supplies. I originally had two tables set up but after my time at the Hermitage this past summer (read more about THAT here...it was SO AMAZING!!!) I came back determined to have a chaise lounge in my space- regardless of how small it was. So I found one that I could afford (I love you Wayfair!) did some rearranging and, as Tim Gunn says, I made it work.
Why did I need the chaise lounge? For napping. Obviously :)
Anyway, here are some pics of the new space;
Okay, so I mentioned that I was too lazy to drag all those art supplies up the stairs, right? So on the first floor we have a large room with a bathroom. We had decided when we found the place that this would be the perfect gym, but since it was so large I was able to talk John into agreeing for one wall to house some of my art supplies, etc.
You know, I think that maybe he didn't want to have to help carry all the stuff up the stairs, but that's cool.
This is the main storage area for my art supplies in the tall cabinet that we found. (super easy to construct, we actually bought two more shorter ones and created a counter/bar space in another area.) I reused two of my 'DIY vertical storage' pieces from the last place (didn't have room for all of them...so converted the others back to regular ol' shoe racks in our closets, #winning) I added a table and my easel- I figure that it makes more sense to paint down on the first floor because it's a tile floor so it would be easier to clean up paint drips, and the table is for random drawing/painting projects.
So that's it. Well, besides a little pull-up table I use to draw at the couch.
My art supplies and creative spaces are spread out over the three floors, but each has it's purpose and I try my best to make sure that they are fun, functional and organized :)
Artist and Art Teacher