Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Creative Space

Well... my creative space has been the focus of my life this week. Since I got home from the markets I have pulled a lot of things apart around here, and I think the influence of The Toy Society has been good, I have given away so much stuff, stuff I was hoarding for ridiculous reasons, like maybe one day, I might do more uni on something that interested me briefly seven years ago... so my creative space has been a crazy, chaotic mess of everything I love, or did love, no matter how fleetingly. I've also been suffering from this adherence to how my apartment should look, like have the dinning table in an orthodox spot, Joe pushing his sculpture equipment out of the way, me having an extra bed set up just in case, and the way my fabric was organised was atrocious, I would neatly pack it all up and put it in the cupboard, and it would be out and all over my desk within ten minutes of starting a new project.

sewing space
Sewing space in the middle of all the pulling apart.

So I was thinking, I need to admit who I actually am, how I work, and build my space around that. The dinning table is now set up for screen printing, not eating, and so people who come over will know that I eat at the coffee table... so what. I got rid of all the education textbooks I used last year in the dip ed, because someone else can use them, and I'm not, no matter how many hundreds of dollars they cost me. I moved the stereo, which sad to say I rarely use these days, and replaced it with all the beautiful, big, hardcover art books Joe and I own, which had been sitting at the top of the linen cupboard, neglected for just over 2 years now. Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whitely, Dada, street art, Russian Expressionism, here we come. And one of Joe's beautiful landscape paintings has taken centre stage in the lounge room. This place is looking more like a workspace with some living areas in it, and that's what it really is. We don't ever really just sit around and chill out, we are always making, reading, looking at pictures, testing, doing, and so we need to be able to use every square inch effectively.

And it feels good! I'll take photos when everything is sorted.

Hope Friday is good for you, and remember to check out all the other creative spaces at and through Kootoyoo!


Kirsty said...

Lovely! I love that your coffee table is your dining table.

caramela said...

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on reorgansising your working-living space. I too would not have it any other way! You make a very interesting point about what joining this groupshow your creative space does to us by forcing us to choose and show what we really want to be known as- what we really know ourselves to be like- have fun with your new space!annamaria

A Life So Peachy said...

I am about 10 steps behind you in reorganising our tiny 1 bedroom into a space that is workable and us. Its hard! But you have shown there is light at the end of the tunnel- thank you! Jess

Leonie Guld said...

FANTASTIC!! I love a good clean up, soul cleansing!! congratulations x

amity ville boronia said...

Your house sounds like total heaven to me. Good work :)

june at noon said...

Good for you for reworking to suit you. It might not be for everyone, but I bet youll be much happier in it--and it will still look fabulous!