Monday, June 10, 2013
organising the studio - part 1
The word 'organising' can strike fear into some people, and excitement into others. Some people think I'm super-organised, and this is true in some ways ... but not all! I have to work hard to keep organised, since some things can make me fall off the wagon and into a screaming heap (like changing jobs, and not keeping up with homework). This weekend is a long weekend in Adelaide, so I am using it to get my studio up to scratch.
First problem is this bookcase: It doesn't really fit in to the studio style, and it was full of BOOKS!!
Here is is empty. Yes, this was once *full* of books. Don't worry, once we figure out how to get it down the stairs, it will be going to a good home ;)
I mentioned the thought of weeding out books in favour of having more room for wool on my Facebook page, and had mixed reactions. Book-oriented people were horrified, whereas fellow textile artists knew what I was on about ;) I have always collected books, mostly obscure literature, and most of it I haven't re-read at all. So why am I keeping them all? The only books I re-read are ones by Iris Murdoch ... so I'm definitely keeping all of those ;) But do I really need to keep the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Doris Lessing, AS Byatt, Margaret Drabble and Colette??? Part of me says yes, but in reality I'm not going to re-read these, and if I do, I should really buy them as ebooks instead to save space.
My Astrology books are staying though ... no contest! So it's a trip to Ikea, which is what I always do when I need more storage - nearly all my studio furniture is Ikea, as it's practical and looks great.
After my first and second cuts, this is what I could fit in to the new Expedit unit:
Only three cubes of book space allowed upstairs (I have quite a few books downstairs, but we won't talk about those, haa!). I need to get one more single width Expedit unit too, but I couldn't fit them both into Anita's car, since Lily's car seat was taking up half the back seat! But here's what I have so far:
Looks much 'cleaner' than the heavy dark bookcase, and I now have room for my little chalkboard. The chest of drawers on the right house all my tapestry and cross stitch kit wool.
I have also streamlined my computer - see the new laptop on the left, and the old clunky desktop on the right - I will get rid of it soon, but I'm still transferring information ;)
Part 2 will include pics of the finished studio - getting there! OK, back to my homework ... ;)