Have you seen glossy magazine spreads of gorgeous studios or home offices where people make art? They have amazing decor, tiny details of inspiration around them, and a beautiful clean desk, of course. Well, that’s not me, unfortunately. 😭
Last year we moved to a new house that is just big enough for the 4 of us, but doesn’t have a lot of extra room. Now with the pandemic still affecting so many lives, my spouse will be working from home indefinitely, and space is even more of an issue.
I have taken space where I can find it for creating collage art, and the space I have chosen is in the laundry room. I stand and create in a small space, next to where people dump their stuff when they come in the door. I’m next to dusty shoes, and empty containers before they get taken out to recycling.
I hate it, and yet it’s what I have, and I feel like I should be more grateful. It’s my very own space; I don’t share it with anyone. I also have some nice cabinets above me where I can store papers.
I haven’t been motivated to keep it organized longer than a few hours, though. I’m not proud of my space and have no reason to show it off, so I don’t really try to keep it looking presentable. I gave up last night again, and just worked on top of the mess.
Still, I’ve been productive. In the photo below you can see the pages in my latest eclectic-page gluebook. I just create right on top of the mess!
No need to worry, right? I do lose track of things pretty easily, as you can imagine. I can last about a week like this, but then I have to try to straighten up a bit.
My other space, where I record, is in the family room. When we moved in last year, the only place for my desk was wedged in between the TV and the games/toys cabinet. There’s no privacy, but I make it work by recording when the kids are at school.
What’s on my desk? I’m recording a video about what’s so great about postcard art.
I keep telling myself that this is all temporary. Someday I’ll have a more permanent place. We’ll see. If I stay here, that will be fine too. After all, I’ve been making do just fine with what I have.