Posted by Lora Hart
When I made the move to Richmond, I decided that I wanted my studio separate from my home. There were too many distractions in my apartment studiolo in Venice (couch, dishes, cats) and I knew I hadn't been as productive as I would have liked to be. I rented a great 161 sq. ft. place in an artist's co-op about 10 minutes away, and I have to say I'm really enjoying the drive and the hustle and bustle of the facility. After unpacking all the boxes (who knew I could squeeze so much into my old, tiny, studio?) I started going through photos on Flickr and Pinterest of other people's work spaces so I could get some new ideas on how to set up mine.
|Views of my new, unfinished, studio at ArtWorks Virginia.|
The results I got were so interesting. Some studios looked like they were ready for a magazine shoot, and others looked like the artist was working furiously just moments before the shutter clicked. I've read posts online of folks who think they have to clean up before (or after) each creative session. I know jewelers whose benches look like a hurricane just hit (but they know where to lay their hands for each tool or supply needed).
I think I'm somewhere in between. My last apartment was a single. One room. Living, sleeping, dining, entertaining, and working - all in one space. So of course I wanted to keep the studio area neat and clean. I know I do more creative work when I start with a neat bench top, but the floor and surfaces were always a mess. My new studio has a big glass window that let's passers-by take a peak at my process. I don't want to appear slovenly, so my instinct is to keep it in tip, top, shape. But my natural working habits don't mesh with the concept of a tidy space.
Where do you fall on the photo-ready or well-used look of your work space? Do you care what others think when they view it, or is your motivation based on your working methodology?