I know it’s been several weeks since my last post. My health and energy have been somewhat challenged. Now that I am starting to recuperate, I did manage to get some organization and redecorating done.
Since I don’t have a room-mate aside from the two feline supervisors, I am free to make my whole living space into something a bit more creative than just a place to live. I have been working on creating space and organization to follow all my creative impulses. I work in a variety of media and techniques that include: drawing, painting, sewing, beadwork, photography, knitting, spinning, weaving, writing, gardening, cooking, upcycling & repurposing. These are all represented in my living space, for all that the space is only about 600 square feet.
Robert Heinlein had one of his characters, Lazarus Long, declaim that “Specialization is for insects” and I have taken that to heart. Let me show you what I have done over the last few days to express this.
In earlier posts, I talked about my idea and display boards. These are simply 2 foot by 4 four foot sections of foam board insulation that I have covered with fabric. They are certainly an example of repurposing.
I pinned a number of knitted pieces and swatches to three of the boards, and they are now hanging as decor in my front room. The hands on the above board are cut from artist foam core board, and make a great way to display my fingerless gloves.
The three large knitting swatches on the board above will soon be large cushions on my redneck engineering daybed show below.
I call it redneck engineering due to the fact that it is made from a combination of salvaged and repurposed items, and is a creative solution for my desire for a daybed without an outlay of cash.
Mocha has decided that the daybed is a worthy nest for her.
The back room – or what would ordinarily be the bedroom – is the main workspace that i have created. Here, I have a worktable that is another expression of redneck engineering. The base consists of a wire shelving unit split into the top and bottom halves. The top is a salvaged piece of plywood that has been covered with a leaky vinyl airbed. (With two cats, all airbeds will eventually develop leaks!)
I now have my 1957 Singer sewing machine on one wall in here. My work table currently has my drawing supplies and beadwork supplies set out. The board hanging to the right of the sewing machine is where I hang my bead pieces.
I will eventually change the Singer machine over to foot power operation, and the treadle irons and butcher block top are currently in the front room with my zigzag machine having a temporary home on top.
The studio also holds the cardboard bankers boxes that I covered with fabric last year. I still need to create more of these, as the ten boxes I have aren’t able to contain all my yarn and spinning fiber.
The space will most likely go through more additions and changes, but I feel that I will be far more productive. I hope you can take away a few ideas for your workspace, and in my next post I will go over a few more ideas on storage.