How to Organize Your Studio

How to Organize Your Studio
by Ankie Daanen

This method ensures that the environment in your studio is calm and quiet,
and ready to start working on your masterpiece.
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7 Responses to How to Organize Your Studio

  1. avatar Linda Alakwskina says:

    GreatWebsite. Are there any scalorships available to attend conference or workshop?

  2. avatar Laurel Parker says:

    Fabric rolls are great but difficult to manage in The large shelves as are shown. Adding dividers will cut down on the mess of keeping all the rolled fabric pieces in order, and will allow them to be grouped. A storage system that was very popular about 30 years ago, and even used by stores, for both fabrics and yarns, was stacked ice cream tubs from ice cream stores. You just asked stores to save their containers for you, and most were glad to do so for free. These were cylindrical waxed cardboard with a metal rim, which made them washable and quite durable. You just stacked them against a wall and you had a wall unit that held all sorts of things. Some ice crewm stores still use these, and others use plastic tubs, which may or may not be recyclable. You can contact your local restaurants and ask what sorts of containers they typically toss. Anyone who is environmentally conscious will welcome having their empties hauled away and put to good use.

  3. avatar Laurel Parker says:

    I bought baby bottles, test tubes and clear plastic packaging tubes in bulk, and use them to store buttons and beads. They are crystal clear, a nice size, and can be laid on their sides in a cubical style shelf unit, so they take up a minimal amount of space and yet everything is easily accessible and can be seen and found at a glance.

    I also use plastic bags ( by the thousands!) for millinery flowers, etc, and I group them by color, but I prefeer open top bags, because everything that eas ever living (natural fibers and wood, etc) needs air to avoid rotting. So, I use longer and slightly larger bags than I would if I were using zip lock ones, fold the top down and use gym clips to hold several bags together. I keep these in drawers, but they can be hung on a rod too. I also group by compatible pieces for projects, and if a group is under consideration for a project, I can hang it on a wall to keep it handy and to inspire me.


  5. I love the idea of rolling your fabric. Mine is stacked and difficult to see what is there.
    I have it in hanging shelves in a closet. I will begin rolling it. I have found fishing tackle
    bags to be a good way to store trims, etc. They are zip lock bags in zipper pouch.

  6. avatar PamelaV says:

    Great Ideas!
    I use the reusable gladware containers that lunchmeat comes in to store beads. They stack nicely and are clear so I can easily see which kinds of beads are where.

  7. Great ideas… if you are poor or a hard core recycler/re-purposer you can do what I noticed my buddy/NIADA artist Akira does and use those clear containers in which you purchase salad and spinach greens. Same size ones stack on top of each other and you can see inside for a hint as to what’s there and/or label them.

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