Enter my friend, neighbor, and fellow jewelry artist, Jean. I will call her simply, goddess of get-it-done. She offered to help me make a studio in the garage. I thought she was crazy. She is just one of those people who enjoy helping the overwhelmed people do the undoable. So, when she arrived with her get-it-done crown on and her words were, “There are only two things that should happen in a bedroom”. I guessed correctly that making jewelry wasn’t one of those two. We got buzzy.I was already parking my car outside the garage so I could store my curbside “treasures” that I was going to restore/repurpose into wonderful objects of beauty and awe. Needless to say, the garage was full and no projects were completed. The first step was to create the creative space. Since I already had my big-girl pants on, I loaded up my mom van and gave the treasures to charity. On the way home, I felt lighter; a van load lighter. Space created, check.
The kiln and a work table were already in the garage. Everything else, everything, was taken from all over the house. After a solid eight hours, Jean left me with the bones of my new studio and a sense of accomplishment. I wouldn’t say all my stuff is arranged, but every day, I organize. Every day I find something I was looking for and/or find two of what I was looking for a month ago. Everyday I have a place to go to that is mine.
Part of making the studio a place for designing, is having color, inspiring books, pictures, words, and meaningful tchotchkes around me. Walter Soza has a print called “Barcelona, Espana” (https://www.etsy.com/listing/78562413/barcelona-espana-24x36-framed-print?) that would hit the color aspect. I enjoy the way the colors overlap each other. And, under my inspiring words category I would love to have the print, “Don’t put off being creative” (https://www.etsy.com/listing/86407106/dont-put-off-beng-creative-letterpress? by Brandon Griswold of Honeycomb Print shop. My point is to construct a space that is a reflection of me, for my spirit.
Last Thursday, my mission was to get a TV in the garage so I wouldn’t feel like I was missing my shows, mainly Dallas Stars hockey. I got a huge-ass TV for cheap from CCA and picked up a set-top box. Mission accomplished. The kids have watched more on the TV than I have, but now I am not missing anything. My studio is perfect for me.