I love seeing where people to create and in case you would like to see where I create, I have added a page to my blog tierneycreates Studio Tour where I will post photos of the latest version of my tiny little tierneycreates studio. More on this later in this post.
As part of my ongoing journey to curate my life (see post category: My Minimalism Journey ), I am working on letting go of more of my crafting related magazines.
I have a stash of Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS magazine from 2008 – 2014 (magazine is no longer in publication). This publication featured “artist studio porn”: essays and articles about professional and hobby artists’ studios, tips on designing and organizing your studio, and endless photos of studio layouts. The tagline for the magazine was “inspiration & ideas for your art and craft space”.
There are so many online resources (aka Pinterest) on studio organization ideas, I do not need these magazines. I can let them go, donate them to my beloved local Humane Society Thrift Shop and let them go to someone else to enjoy.
But, I wanted to read through each one, one more time, before donating them.
When I got to the Winter 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS magazine I noticed it featured a collection of tips by various crafters/artists on small space tips.
Recently I re-organized by studio to try and make the best of the small space. I thought I would share some of my favorite tips from this issue from the various studio tours in case my readers find them useful.
Small Studio Tips
In Her Shoes by Catherine Thursby
- Get a space of your own, even if it has to be small
- Make it personal to encourage your creativity
- Have a place “off-site” to keep bulky or seldom used materials
Snowman Season by Sue Pelletier
- In a narrow space, set up tables end to end so you can have several projects going at once
- A dartboard makes a graphic yet compact inspiration board
- Remember that if you want studio space badly enough, you will find a way
The Glitter Fairy by Laurie Davis
- Use shelves with cubbies to hold and display rubber stamps
- Use under-the-counter space as much as possible
- Use stackable containers to hold small items
In a Nutshell – A small space dedicated to creativity by Janice Avellana
- Keep supplies out in the open so the work is ready when you are
- Disguise a small, open studio behind a tall bookcase
- For flexible organization, use painted pegboard
Room of Requirement by Liza Julien
- Maximize small space by going vertical with ladder-style shelving
- Store papers suspended from pant hangers on a wooden dowel
- Install hooks on table legs, the sides of shelving – anywhere that’s handy and out of the way
Studio in the Sky by Victoria Grobels
- Store supplies in baskets hung from the ceiling
- Make your worktable an inspiration board, too, by slipping photos under a clear, plastic mat
- Make a small space seem bigger by positioning it near a beautiful view
The Love Shack by Roberta Philbrick
- Use “regular” furniture to hold art supplies
- Color-coordinated caddies keep small items organized, portable, and attractive
- A glass-topped table cleans up easily and looks polished in a small living/creating space
Strategic Design by Michelle Spaw
- For an eclectic approach to organizing, try using non-conventional items such as stackable trays, bento boxes, and takeout-style containers
- Removing the doors to your closet is as strong incentive to keep it tidy. Because the contents are always visible, you will be motivated to maintain order and curb the clutter
- When purchasing storage boxes, think of color and pattern as a way to identify what you’re storing
Beaddazzled by Linda Dolack
- Glue a sample of what’s in a drawer to the front so you can find and retrieve the object quickly
- Use simple skirting to hide clutter stored below counters
- Install shelving above windows to hold books and display art work out of the way
Where Whimsy Reigns by Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko
- Use collectibles as storage containers that can be displayed
- Attach a folding table to the wall: pull it up to work, down to put it out of the way
- No matter how small your space, make room for pets!
If you have a small studio like I do (or a dream larger studio) I hope you find some of these tips useful!