Thursday, July 12, 2007

My Work Space, AKA My Dining Room Table

There are as many unique work spaces out there as there are unique artists who occupy them. Some use their kitchen/dining room table (like me), some their couch and coffee table, some a tray on their lap, some are even lucky enough to have a work bench or even a studio. I love getting a sneak peek into everyone's "studio." I know it's kind of voyeuristic, but I truly love to see how everyone works, get ideas for my own space (if I'm ever lucky enough), see their tools and materials.

For now, my work space is my dining room table. As many of you in a similar situation knows, sometimes you're lucky enough to be able to leave your materials and tools out and set up mid-project. Then there are those times that your boyfriend wants to have his friends over for a full day of gaming. Well, maybe not exactly that situation, but I think you get the idea. Mid-project or not, you have to clean everything up.

The above photo is of my kitchen table which in actuality is in my dining room, aka my work space. The plain wood table top you see is something that Scott (the boyfriend) built to give us a bigger table space: it's basically a piece of plywood that sits on top of the actual table with a frame so it doesn' t move; it also folds in half for storage. On the bottom left is Scott's Dremel tool which I have kind of pirated away from him to use with my Koil Kutter for cutting jump rings. You can see a batch of freshly cut rings as well as a strainer in which I rinse all of the lube off of them. My Craftsman pliers are out (this pic is obviously from before Scott gave me my beautiful Lindstroms) as well as some mandrels used for coiling. In the background, you can see my light box. This was not one of my more organized days, but then it's always difficult to stay organized in a temporary space.

Here's another shot of my work space. You can see in the background the storage cabinet that Scott and I share and a set of plastic drawers that contain some more jewelry making supplies; my tackle box with even more supplies and tools is on the floor between the two.

On top of the cabinet are two projects: one belonging to me and one belonging to Scott. The grey box laying down is his: it's a dice tower that he built from scratch with wood and felt. You throw dice in and it tumbles them up and then they come pouring out the bottom. It's really quite neat.

The other project is mine, of course: a work in progress coif. In this photo it looks kind of like a wig and I'm thinking of making more like this except in fun colors for all of those punk girls out there. Since this picture has been taken, I've finished it off and must admit, I've been slow to get pictures posted of her all done up.

Scott and I are in the process of trying to buy a house and if any of you have not been through that experience, imagine the most stressful time of your life and multiply it by a thousand. In any event, if all goes well, our new house will have three bedrooms. One of course is for us to sleep, and we were originally planning on having an office for us both in one and a guest bedroom in the other. Recently, we've been playing with a new idea that I think we've both fallen in love with: we're each going to get a room to do with as we please. If we decide to go this route, I'm going to have my own office/studio/workspace!! And then, of course, I'll have to add a new post with more pic's!


Lis said...

I like the idea of each of you getting your own room. I bet my boyfriend would like that idea even better, since I permanently stole the dining room table and moved it into my studio (aka the master bedroom) and booted the bed, dressers, all his stuff etc into the second bedroom. :) Gotta have room for the crafts!

Ginger said...

Good luck with your home buying! I don't think I'd have the patience for chain maille, but it's very cool - nice stuff, and good for you for making a space even if it does have to get cleaned up.

Yazmin said...

My husband and I own a 3 bedroom house and I'm seriously thinking about kicking him out to the other room. :) It's so worth it to have your own space.

BellaColle said...

Oh, I know how it is to create then have to clean up! It get nerve wracking! Good luck on the new home, nothing like having your own space!

joeyandaleethea said...

That's so true about having to stop mid project and cleanup and then bring it all back again, I go thru changes when I have to do that! :) Good luck with buying a house.

I wanted to let you know that Every Tuesday on my blog, I will feature 2 shops in a post called "2 Shop Tuesdays". If you're interested, see this forum thread for the interview questions and for all the info:


Angie said...

Having your own room to work is awesome! I have to use my bedroom (I'm in a student house), and so there's just so much clutter all around lol)

TrueMirage said...

Virginia was so right: you must have your own room! It's the best thing you can do for your creativity and your relationship.

Lots of luck with the house buying - it's a killer. I've done it three times and it's gotten slightly easier each time, but not by much. Really important: get a very good inspector!

Jen (Mama's Magic Studio) said...

fascinating tour!