Studio reorganisation

In my head, anyway….

I spent a long time this morning looking at the Fiberarts Magazine studio competition photos – PamDora is a finalist in the Best Stash section.  Then I thought about what my studio looks like…

Unfortunately, the work table (where I do my designing and cutting etc) looks like this at the moment:

table covered in damp newspaper

It has been raining for about 5 days solidly and we have a leaky wall above it (or a leak in the roof of the bay window).  The wall on that side faces west where the prevailing winds come from, and when they blow strongly the wet comes through.  It needs a special waterproofing paint on there about every 8 years – unfortunately we can’t do this now till the summer and it all dries out.  Hopefully.  Meanwhile, this is my work area:

pink carpet with melted iron shape on it

A pink bedroom carpet (it used to be a bedroom).  And yes, that is a melted iron shape on it.  Needs hoovering too….

I stress about my studio about once a year, when everyone else is making goals for the coming year and assessing what they did in the previous one:

This morning, I sat down and sorted out what uses I made of my studio, and the various areas I need in it…

Storage areas:

  • Fabric, papers, threads, beads, etc etc
  • Equipment
  • Paints etc
  • Works in progress
  • Notebooks, inspiration sources etc
  • Completed quilts etc

Work areas:

  • Sewing area
  • Pressing area
  • Designing/cutting area
  • Wet area (at the moment this is either the kitchen or the floor!)

Admin areas:

  • Framing and finishing
  • Catalogues, invoices and other stuff
  • Information, entries to competitions
  • And all the stuff on my computer!

I’m glad I’ve sorted all that out because at the moment all the areas are too mixed up and some things just don’t have anywhere to live…I’ve got quite a big room (about 15 foot square) but I need to work out how to make it work.  And I need a design wall.  Or something.  At the moment it is a floor!  Still – just shows you can do anything anywhere…

Still a way to go yet though…

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3 Comments:

  1. re-arranging the studio is a never ending experience for me.
    i redo it at least once a year….
    there’s never enough! i don’t care how big it is….

  2. I’m glad it’s not just me!

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