Welcome to a new week! With five days ahead of me that hold unknown promises (and also the occasional let-down), I like to think of Monday as a fresh start or a renewal of the business-y aspects of my world. This “renewal” can include anything from writing those emails I never got around to last Friday to brainstorming and sketching a burgeoning creative endeavor. Most often, though, I use the fresh start of Monday to make space, whether in my brain or in my studio (though I’m generally more successful with the latter).
Making space has been a personal priority for as long as I can remember. There are a handful of rooms – well, really closets – and corners of my childhood home that I tackled with swaths of fabric, knick knacks, and tiny lamps in an attempt to transform them from what they really were (a tiny, awkwardly-shaped closet) into my enchanting “chill space.” While those were relatively short-lived, I have continued to make spaces in which I can do a more current version of chilling: creating things.
I recently embarked upon a pretty major and satisfying adventure: a cross-country move from Fort Collins, Colorado to Brooklyn, New York. For me, a move like this entails hauling not only regular things; like clothes, shoes, and jewelry; but also my studio things, the items that I use to make my creative space. I was fortunate enough to find a fantastic studio space in Brooklyn, and as I continue to organize and reorganize this space, I keep thinking about what it takes to make a space that works for creativity. This is the the third studio space that I have used in the last year, and I thought I would share with you the different ways that I have made my space and how I’ve attempted to adapt to the characteristics of each studio, all in the pursuit of making the space mine!
There are a few key things that feature prominently in any of my studio spaces:
My studio space in Fort Collins (at Colorado State University) was huge when compared to Brooklyn spaces! I spent three and a half years making this space, often changing things as the semesters passed. I made the space so that I was surrounded by color and pattern and special little objects.
I got to spend last summer in good old Ann Arbor, where I worked in a backyard shed on the west side. The studio was steamy but calm, and it was an interesting challenge to make the space work for my needs. I also found out about the wonders of Blue House during this time, which made everything that much better!
After my last semester in Colorado, I moved to Brooklyn, where I work in a shared space with six other amazing artists/thinkers. I’m still in the process of making my own semi-private space here.
Now that I’ve made my space here, there’s no telling what will come next from the big city!