I have a Really Big Show coming up next weekend, and it is a show where I can unveil myriad mixed media treasures that defy the regular art show's categorical classifications. So I have been in the studio, a bit frantic, I will admit... But as I have been working I have been switching back and forth: polymer, beading, metal work, resin... the true "mix" in mixed media. And each time I have rearranged my workspace to accommodate the medium du jour.
That may sound horrible - to have to put one thing away before delving into the next, but its how I always seem to work. I do not rent studio space outside the house - for me it isn't worth it. My husband and I have three pets - so all the spare rooms our for us... My ceramics studio is in the basement, and my other space is upstairs. Let me take you on a tour, and show you some of my Swiss Army knife-style tricks for arranging my flexible space.
|The jewelry worktable.|
This cart (pix to the right)is tools, metal, faux bone, steel wire, engraver, sandpaper... I love that the tool bag fit on the cheap wire cart - and I always know where things are. (Let me pause here. I AM a Virgo. I love organization. I seek a creative chaos...)
The studio has three tables arranged in a sort of "U" shape. One is a desk of sorts - art journaling, small collages, the making of lists, and resin happens there.
And the main table is the most flexible. I TRY to keep it free of clutter and ready to work. Last week it was set up for polymer. It is where I torch fire enamel. My flex shaft is there. Alternately - it is my collage table - and of course it has storage underneath!
My system has been put togetther over a few years and a few trips to IKEA, but it works for me. I had a friend years ago who lived in a small apartment with her 2 daughters. She kept her seed bead projects separated on cookie sheets. one per project. Space was a premium and it was a flexible system.
What is your system? What does your space look like? Home or away? Do you have enough room? Can you EVER have enough room? Do you have designated spaces for certain materials?