When we first bought our home I had a great art space; an entire room where my projects were strewn about in nobody’s way. But in preparation for the arrival of our son, my art space was downgraded to a nook. When my wife’s mom came to visit, the “art nook” became a makeshift bedroom and I was downgraded to a third of our dining room – which I’m told is more of a lateral move, not a downgrade.
This weekend my son has graduated from the baby stage in which he puts most things in his mouth, to the baby stage where he puts everything in his mouth: walls, table legs, paper (his favorite), the dog, shoes, dust bunnies… everything. In fact, I never realized the extent that “everything” really included until now that I’m trying to keep it all out of the baby’s mouth. Suffice to say, this wouldn’t be a problem if I were a cook, but instead I’m playing with polymer clay, liquid plastic chemicals and a number of solvents and paints in my son’s prime “grazing” area. None of these things are really safe to eat (plus, they don’t taste good) so I’m headed back to the nook.
This is how my desk space has looked in my third of the dining room. I wouldn’t say that I am overly fastidious about my art space, but the space certainly has an effect on my art. It’s organized the way I like for easy access to all my tools. I have my little knick-knacks and gifts displayed around to inspire me. In a way, it’s a reflection of my process… my temple of meaning and ideation.
The one element that really come in handy in this setup is the wooden shelf just above the desk. You might recognize that all my portfolio images were taken right about where that red bottle of craft-paint is. My plan, in the process of moving, is to try to turn a Murphy bed I had built into a Murphy desk – that should save some space in the nook(and look awesome).
Do you have a creative space that reflects your process? Are there any specific elements about your space that you find especially helpful (like my shelf)? I’d be interested to see. I’ll e-mail some artist I know this week and try to compile a few images of their creative spaces for a future post. I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours.