Yesterday, I realized that my bed is where I
My bed is not all that comfortable for sleeping. It is 16 years old and we're due for a new one. Sleeping is really its secondary use as far as I'm concerned. It is where I make art. My studio is in my bedroom (or is my bedroom now in my studio?)
I started working here years ago when I had young children. My "free" time came after dinner when it was time to get the kids ready for bed ~ monitor their bath, keep them on track, stand guard outside their bedrooms when it was lights-out. I had tried other spaces and places in the house, but I got the most work done when I worked where I spent the most time. They have grown, and my art supplies and materials have grown as well. When they finish growing and move out, I will move into one of the empty bedrooms. But in the meantime ~
I like my little space. To the right of the bed, you can see the corner of my sewing table, my glue bottles lined up on the windowsill. What you don't see is the huge pile of fabric that grows ever larger, threatening to take over the entire room.
The bed is fairly empty right now, as I had to stop and take this picture while this whole thought was fresh in my mind. Each day, after we get up, I make the bed. I lay the current projects out in the middle of the bed and see where my attention lands. My back is to the clutter and disarray of my supplies and materials, giving my imagination the space it needs to be creative.
My bed has unofficial "stations". The left side is the thinking side. I keep my journal there to jot down thought, notes, ideas. It's where I stack things that need my attention later, when I actually get in the bed. The right side, near the pillows, is the actual work area. It's near the light and the sewing machine. The middle of the bed is where the unfinished and finished work goes - accomplishments to be proud of and ideas still forming.
I like my little system. I often wonder if I will be able to be as productive when I get a "real" studio. I do know that I will have a queen-size table in the middle of the room. I want to keep the same workflow going. I wonder too, if my work will be as small and intimate once I am out of the bedroom?
So what's the point, you may be asking. I just wanted to share this bedtime story with you, just in case you are having trouble finding a space to do your art. I could wrap it up here with this silly pun: Home is where one arts from, but I'll offer these as well~
My best "studio" is my state of mind at the time of creating. I have done some really good work under the worst circumstances and some pretty awful stuff in a well organized, pristine studio. (Shirley Erskine)
The strategy of keeping the studio close, like an outbuilding five paces from the house, or in the loft next door, or with the studio on one end and the bed on the other – makes art always available. (Sara Genn)
An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. (Leonardo da Vinci)