Monday, July 15, 2019

Studio in a Closet

I always chuckle when people ask me about my studio.   I WISH!   I have most of my supplies in my guest bedroom.   Maybe these photos will give you some ideas for storing craft supplies.   These are beads stored in a desk area of the room.

I have a 6ft length of laminate counter top set up on kitchen cabinets that I painted so this is a higher workspace than a normal table height.   Much more comfortable for crafting.
This closet is the best part.   On the back of one door are shelves my husband built for my paints and the shoe holder on the back of the other door holds tools and paint brushes.    I have plastic tubs for feathers, shells, antlers, wire, ribbon, basket reed, sea grass, waxed linen thread and Danish cord.

Of course, this isn't everything.   I have tubs of gourds and  boxes of pine needles and my power tools and crockpots for wax and pine needles in the garage.    But at least I am able to close the closet door and clean off the counter top and this room will function as a guest bedroom.  

A dedicated art studio is a dream, but this is working just fine!

Booth Lighting Solution

For years I've tried to come up with ways to light my shelving units for the booth.   I wanted something simple and cheap.  First I tried battery-powered closet lights that you just press and they turn on.   They weren't really bright enough and would not stay stuck to the inside tops of the shelves.  Then some strings of LED lights that turned out not to be even as bright as the closet lights.   Finally, convinced me that it was time to get some real under-counter lighting on these shelves.   Here is how dark my stuff looked at my last show.   Too many shadows.

Here is how the new lighting looks (in my living room).   The product really pops.
Now I'm ready for my next show - Fort Worth Gallery Night at Botanical Research Institute of Texas on University Drive, Sept 7, 2019!