I found so much inspiration and delight visiting with all the artist I featured this year. I thought it would be helpful to look back at some of the clever ideas storage Solutions From Artists Studios that were shared throughout the year.
Lisa Abernathy‘s storage style reflects her creative style. She uses vintage luggage, both affordable and practical as a storage solution. Just be sure you know what’s inside-add a creative tag to the handle.
Tami Boyce maximizes her space by using every inch efficiently, including the closet. Reinvent the space by removing the hanging bars and add shelves and bins as needed!
Create a visual hanging inspiration wall with flexible wire and clips. I like this solution so much more than bulletin boards (for an inspiration wall) because you can accommodate a variety of sizes and shapes and quickly change things out.
Clear glass message boards (Ikea!). These are practical and stylish and the wall color behind the glass creates a much more integrated look.
Christine Lane keeps things flexible by using rolling carts (Ikea!) which are great for projects or anything you want to be mobile, or just add wheels to any small storage bins!
John Duckworth uses good old fashion bulletin boards. These are great for schedules, projects and more structured planning. Add categories such as names, dates etc.
Wow, I’m jealous of John’s sliding walls! This could be so useful in many studio spaces and I don’t see this done as often as is possible. Great for showing work and for large ongoing projects (like quilts?).
Lotta Heleberg hangs threads on a hooks. Any variety of hooks and pegs are great for keeping supplies used regularly close at hand.
I love how Jocelyn Chateauvert has modified this bakers rack with old window screens for holding light weight items (in this case hand made paper objects). This would be a great drying rack (for handmade paper, felt, fabric, yarn, clothes etc) if you have the floor space.
Another great closet. This time the door would not open into the space so Jocelyn took it off, cut it in half, added hinges and rehung it. Clever lady!
Cone 10 Studio‘s uses S-hooks in their clean up space. So many great uses for these little do dads. Do you use them? Should you be using them?
Barb Blair makes use of vertical baskets which are great for rolls and anything tall and awkward. High work tables on wheels, also a great idea for studio spaces!
More S-hooks and magnetic strips in Barb’s studio. In this case she’s used a magnetic knife holder for tools. There are lots of great organizing solutions in the kitchen section of hardware stores (and places like Ikea and Container store) that are useful in creative spaces.
Kris Westerson uses numbered notebooks. Assign a color and number to different notepads to keep your ideas, lists, research and writing all together by category.
Mary Edna Fraser used a re-purposed twin bed here…she raised it up HIGH on legs to accommodate storage underneath (a bunk bed could also work!) and horizontal space for her long silk rolls. This is a great solution if you need deep storage but I would not recommend it for things like shallow boxes or anything smaller that would need to be stacked.
SCAD Studio walls are lined with something like cork to pin anything to. I love being able to pin right into a wall anywhere and I wish I had a wall I could convert in my studio!
I adore Amanda McLenon‘s re-use of a shutter for her paints. This is quintessential Charleston Style!