A tour of my studio

I rearranged my studio a few months ago and thought I would take a few photos and post them … it is perennially untidy and disorganised and I still can’t remember the new places I stored everything but hopefully it will stay this way for a year or two at least.  I do seem to enjoy moving my stuff around as much as I do using it!

This is my printing table, with a large (8’ by 4’ I think) piece of MDF on top to make it big enough to screen pieces of fabric without having to keep moving them along.  It is comparatively uncluttered in this photo, believe it or not – you should see it at the moment!  The MDF is actually resting on two tables at right angles to each other and my sewing machine is on the other half of the second.  There are quite a few things stored underneath the tables too! 

studio - printing table

I keep lots of stuff on these shelves and in the ‘column’ which my husband acquired from his office when they changed their filing system.  It holds lots of sewing and knitting equipment – knitting needles, patterns, thread, needles, zips, ribbon… those shallow drawers are quite useful for small items.  I have printing and stamping stuff on the open shelves and an assortment of stuff in the filing cabinet – electrical things like heat gun and soldering iron in one drawer, skeins of yarn in another.

column with drawers in studio

These wooden shelves run the length of the room – my books are at one end, brushes and mark making equipment at the other and fabric in the middle… 

bookshelves brushes and mark making stuff on shelves

Here is some of the fabric (a small part) all rolled up so I can see it end on. 

rolls of fabric on shelves

My design wall is in front of these shelves and it is on wheels so I can move it to get to them.

design wall

All my paper and gocco accessories are in these stacking baskets in the corner of the room.  And by the window, more stacking baskets with paint and stuff like that – of course, they always overflow on to the floor as well!

stacking baskets with gocco equipment stacking baskets with paints etc

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9 Responses to A tour of my studio

  1. Mai-Britt Axelsen November 7, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing……. I just love to see other artist’s work spaces! Yours is very inspiring :D

  2. Karoda November 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    I heart your windows! I have those same stacking wire baskets which I use for my fabrics. How is your design wall attached to the wheels?

  3. Lynsey November 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    Ooooooh – it looks great. Can I come and rummage? And I am very jealous of that huge filing cabinet – it’s great!

  4. Jennifer Rose November 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    love the big window, the lighting looks great :) looks like a great studio to have :D

  5. Fiona D November 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    looks fantastic – and big!! happy creating

  6. Helen Cowans November 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    Looks wonderfully organised but chaotic :) Just right to work in.

  7. Vilma November 12, 2009 at 2:29 am #

    You are an inspiration! I love your studio work area. I’m a 48 year old disabled Art student. Am now in college to get my BA in Fine Art and Graphic Design. But I love to paint, sketch and basically just get my hands dirty. My newest passion is calligraphy and I just wanted to let you know how amazing your site is.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Vilma McGuinness
    Scranton, PA.

  8. Liz November 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks, everyone!

    Karoda, we bought a piece of insulating foam (it’s about 3 inches thick, I think, though this is from memory…) and built a wooden frame for it. The glue holding it in place is a bit dodgy but it works! Then he put some wheels on the bottom. And I covered it with flannel.

    Lynsey, you’re very welcome to come and rummage! I’ve got far too much stuff, even though I had a massive clearout in the summer! I think it breeds when I’m not looking…

    Definitely chaotic, Helen! Organised… well, maybe …

  9. Ann Christy November 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    Liz – it is just so reasurring to know that other people have a workroom as full as mine – I think I need to show these pictures to my husband!!!