Do you love looking at artists’ studios? Is yours in need of help? As a fledgling artist, I’d spend hours drawing floor plans for my ideal studio. It would be on the side of a mountain, with a wall of windows overlooking a lake. It would be modern, clean, uncluttered with high ceilings, loads of display and storage space and lots of work surfaces. I’d entertain collectors in comfy chairs in front of a wall of art books.
None of my spaces ever looked like that.
I’ve had everything from a drawing table in a living room corner to a three-car garage with French doors and no insulation.
I now use our two-car garage, which is a nice size, and if it’s not quite my dream studio, it works well and I’m extremely grateful for the space.
I’ve just finished work for several shows and my brother brought me a dozen boxes of family photos and memorabilia that now inhabit my studio. What a mess. The clutter has all but stopped my studio production. And I have an open studio coming up in February. Something has to be done.
SO. To begin the year, I’m launching the:
STUDIO MAKEOVER & DE-CLUTTER CHALLENGE
If you’re an artist I invite you to participate.
If you’re not an artist, please follow along, watch the transformations that occur, and share your comments for support.
I’ll be posting on Thursday each week starting the day after New Years.
The challenge is to spend the next 30 days (Jan 2 -31st) making over your space into one that will function well for YOU. Only you know what that is.
What’s the best space in which to unleash your creative juices? Is it bright, clean, organized, inviting, comforting, secluded? Do you want to hide clutter or display it? Or maybe you just need a couple trips to the thrift shop donation center.
So here’s the challenge:
1) Envision what you want your space to be and determine what you need to do. Do you need help, money, and materials? Will you have time to do it all or only part? Even a day or two of de-cluttering can be a big help. Plan on doing whatever works for you. For inspiration, look at other studios, at design magazines, or on Pinterest.
3) Sign up for the challenge by adding a link to your blog using the InLinkz form at the end of this post.
4) Post once a week or more, showing us your problem areas, goals, challenges, progress and achievements (or just post when you can). You can post the “before” pictures on your blog so we’ll see where you’re starting from. We all LOVE before and after shots. Admit it, you do to don’t you?
5) Add your link each Thursday at the end of my post, to share what you’ve done. Share the love by commenting on one or two blogposts from others. Finally, post your blog link to your Facebook page and tweet it to multiply the fun.
That’s it. Easy. You can’t fail.
You determine what and how much you want to do for this challenge. Make it fun. Visualize what you want and stay focused on the end you have in mind to keep motivated. Anything you do will be progress, right?
I’d love to feature other artist’s studios on my blog so if you’ve already done a makeover, de-cluttering project, built a studio, or have a great idea for solving a studio problem (like storage!!), please consider doing a guest posts about it or send me some photos and comments so I can feature you on my blog. Contact me about it at jean @jeanwilkey.com
If you’re super busy in January, just think about doing one thing each day to improve your studio that won’t take a lot of time, like rearranging one bookshelf a day, throwing out dried up paint, etc.
Ok, so who’s in?
Click inlinkz below if you want to join us.