What can we learn from simply observing how artist organize their space in a co-working environment? Lots I think!
While I was at Arrowmont I took the opportunity to walk around and look at other artists work but I also was observing their creative spaces.
How artist organize and tips we can apply to our own creative spaces.
Artist Work-Spaces at Arrowmont
Storage Solutions are important for both your long-term (artwork archive) items and everyday supplies. A variety of storage that’s easily accessible and flexible will serve you well over the long run.
Keep Trash and Recycling Nearby– a can, box or bin or bag near your workspace will make it easy to stay tidy.
Clean up as you go-the duration of this is your choice. For some it’s by task and others it’s by day.
Create zones-thinking about your process, can you break it down and set up areas for different stages of your work?
Have Good lighting-both task and general (natural, overhead etc).
Keep Tools Tidy-the most essential tools we have are our hands and eyes, protect them! Keep track of tools by color coding, labeling and having a space for them where you return them each time you are done. This means creating storage where you work.
Take Notes-journals, whiteboards, sticky notes etc. It helps to get the ideas out of our head and be able to see them.
Recycled materials are our friend! Yogurt cups, glass jars, bags and more can be used to sort, store and help us as we work.
Color Code It! There are lots of ways to make color your friend in the studio and help you identify things quickly.
Keep Inspiration nearby-protect images from splatters and tears in clear plastic sleeves and put inspiration in your journal or sketchbook along with drawings etc.
Work at different heights-Having a variety of heights available for your work will help make the process more comfortable (use fatigue mats, chairs, stools, yoga balls etc).
What have you learned from observing how others work in their creative spaces?