Recently I reorganized my studio and it is getting even more streamlined! I love this studio space! It doesn’t have the cozy feeling of the Vintage Trailer Studio, but it is way more efficient! I have a few tables set up. Two house my sewing machine stations. I use my serger for finishing seams, my vintage Singer is set up with white thread and set for basting stitches for muslin work and my Janome is my most used. This table has a larger work zone where I can have larger projects.
Next to this is my shelving unit that has most of my supplies, more fabric, paper cutter, scale, and products that are for sale.
I happily have my ironing board always set up! My last apartment I had to break it down after use. I love having it ready to go! It is amazing how much ironing is part of sewing. This photo also shows my painting in the background that was from my senior thesis show from when I went to the Maine College of Art. Even though I haven’t been painting as much, I like to remind myself of where I started with my creative projects. I will paint again some day, but right now sewing really has me energized!
I have a great table set up for cutting as well. To the right I have my handy dandy post-it note collection that helps me break down what I am working on, what needs to be done and directions that I should take. It is a little OCD, but it really helps to break down things into manageable items. I have to say that I LOVE to cross things off after completing them. I get way more done because of this!
Off of my studio is also a really amazing little space. I sometimes go here to sketch, read or take a nap. I call it my “Sleeping Porch.” I live in an old home and wonder if this was why it was created. Prior to air conditioning units, these rooms were great for sleeping in during the hot months.
Part of my reorganizing was making spaces that really help my creative process. This area is where I am putting works in process. It really helps to have a permanent place for these items instead of being in a pile on the floor or table.
I also have a box that has items that need to be shipped. When you sell something on Etsy, there is a lovely Cha-ching sound that you hear on your phone. I never thought I would get such a joy in hearing this random sound. It is a reminder to me that what I am doing in this space is interesting for other people.
There is a lot of dedication in spending hours in a space with your own direction. It is a major part of me though and I feel more like myself when I am in here.
Do you have a creative space that you enjoy?