Phase two of the studio makeover this week!
As you may recall, this process began with my plea for help from organizer extraordinaire, Danielle Kleinrichert. Then a 90 minute phone consult and some homework - purge the studio! For phase one, Danielle began identifying my work zones and categories, while I sorted stuff until what remained were only things which brought me joy. Danielle also identified some immediate, minor changes which would make things more efficient, and those suggestions were implemented right away. Already, there is more joy in the studio!
So phase two was a one hour FaceTime meeting. We measured the spaces (studio and two closets), identified what things need to be close at hand (paints, brushes, glazes, scissors, tape, drying station, etc.) and what things could be further away (shipping supplies, reference material, workshop supplies, inventory and so forth). What amazed me as we worked through this process was Danielle's innate understanding that the visual result was going to be so important to me. She knows I love clean lines and symmetry, along with pops of color.
After this meeting, I received the blueprints for organization systems! And I am SO excited! Some of the little components that are making me smile: magnetic boards with detachable cups for brushes and pens, magnetic strips to hold drying sheets of paper and inspiration images, a board to hold scissors, tapes and tools right within reach, rolling storage carts which fit underneath the shelves to hold my completed paintings, a shipping station within a closet, industrial bookends to keep things tidy on the shelves, shelf separators to vertically store boards, paper, and shipping envelopes, shelf baskets (shelves that are built like baskets) to hold paints....and this is just the first draft! And since all the components are movable and interchangeable, the system appeals to the fickle creator in me, who is never satisfied and is always tweaking things to make them better.
The next phase will be Danielle's visit to my studio this week. We will finalize the blue prints, I will receive my marching orders (list of things to do next) and then the big overhaul and reveal will take place in October. I can hardly wait!
Jen Walls and her imaJENation