I am in purging mode.
Part of this is going through all the old art magazines. I do some each evening as a form of relaxation, using my iPad to snap a photo of anything I want to keep for inspiration or reference, and then giving the magazines away.
The other evening, I happened upon a couple of those Studio magazines that are put out by both Stampington and Interweave – you know – the ones that show you photos of these wonderful, PRISTINE, studio spaces “Where Women Create”. Looks more like “Where Women Have Been Cleaning 24/7 for Two Weeks To Get Ready for These Photos” to me.
I started thinking about what it would take for my studios to be in an article, and I laughed myself silly.
In one of those mags, they first ask the artist which media they work in. Most of them say mixed media. I could say that too, I suppose, but I don’t identify with what that term has come to represent. So, when someone asks me what media I work in, I have started to answer, “Well, I don’t do ceramics or sculpture.” because it’s a much shorter list.
And that is why my studios in a magazine would be such a joke.
I am a lucky girl and I know it. I have not one, but three
messes studios in which to create (and not clean!). They are not central to our living space, so I can’t really be classified as a hoarder.
You have only seen one of them and there is a good reason for that. The Garden Room is a studio as well as a greenhouse, but it gets purged twice a year when the plants move out to the garden, and when they move back in. And I mean purged – remember my Alcohol post? So the Garden Room studio is clean except for some stray leaf droppings.
The other two studios you haven’t seen because they are such an unholy mess you wouldn’t believe it. No room for camera crews, that’s for sure.
I call them my clean and dirty studios, but don’t let that fool you. They are both a mess.
The “clean” studio is a spare bedroom, about 15′ x 15′. It is my office studio and is home to the computers, scanners, printers, etc. You really don’t want flying paint or snips of wire getting on or into this stuff. There is also a large area for doing watercolor and art journaling when the Garden Room is too cold for that – although I haven’t seen the surface of either desk for a long time.
The “dirty” studio is a single car garage with concrete floor and standing height worktables, built-in shelves, etc. I do all kinds of stuff out there: shipping for Cre8it and Sheer Heaven, all my jewelry activities, and anything else that needs a lot of space and makes a lot of mess. I have all my hunky equipment out there – bench shears, polishing wheel, huge paper trimmer, Sizzix, Xyron, and other like things. I have actually gotten parts of that studio purged, and one day, I will show you pictures. It’s rather odd that the dirty studio is cleaner than the clean studio, but that’s the way it is at the moment.
Anyway, as usual, I digress.
I have a vision for the clean studio, and it has to do with baskets.
LOVE the look of mixed baskets used as drawers.
I saw a piece of furniture at Hobby Lobby that I looked and looked and looked at, but did not buy, because I couldn’t figure out a place for it. And it was expensive.
My Mom offered to get it for me for Christmas, and by then, it was gone.
So then I REALLY wanted it.
We went down to the Hobby Lobby in Albuquerque, and they still had one. YAY!!!!!
The place I had decided to put it is on top of a little file drawer thing that is part of a desk set in the clean studio. That would put the baskets at an easy access height. But the basket shelf has legs, and I thought there would be a problem because the legs would probably land just at the edges of the file cabinet.
Yesterday, I went into Gopher mode and I tunneled my way right into that corner and CLEANED IT!!!!
Then, the moment of truth.
Mark carried the basket shelf in and set it on top of the file . . . wait for it . . . the suspense is killing you, isn’t it ? . . .
Can you believe it?!? The fit was so exact that it could have been made to “straddle” this file! Isn’t it pretty?
I was so excited that I started to dance around, but stopped when I fell over one of the piles of
crap stuff that still remain in the “clean” studio.
What a cool Christmas present! Thanks, Mom.
But my sister had also gotten me a very cool Christmas present when we were shopping in Santa Fe together.
As soon as I saw this in a gallery, I was in love . . .
So, Cassie stepped up.
But I didn’t know where I would put it.
Right. How about on top of the new basket shelf?
I just sat and stared at it for an hour last night.
I am now very inspired to continue the purge until the “clean” studio is actually a clean studio.
And baskets will be the order of the day for that project.
A Tisket, A Tasket. Do you have a Basket?
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