I have waited all day for the new TIF Challenge – and at the moment am ROTFLOL at the “work space” concept. I design and paint needlepoint canvas for a living – and have for 40 years, and while I am extremely organized about it, my work space is not. I call it “organized chaos” – and when the space dwindles on my work table to the size of a placemat, I clean it up and start over.
I will inventory the objects on this table.
Wow I have to ask? Is your space always so clean???? I finally have a space of my own that I have claimed (after teaching in various buioldings and rooms then and raising 3 kids now adults I finally have space, maybe I’ll take some pics of my space during the month and post them on my blog, but you’ll see mine is not always so neat…actually hardly ever…. lol and somehow keeps growing!
Workspace can make such a difference. I now have a space that feeds my soul: lots of light and space for friends to join me — plus red walls and a green “Jackson Pollock” floor (which I think influences my color choices… hmmm…)(pic posted yesterday) — I am experiencing more joy in creating than ever before.
Looks far too tidy!! Having just moved into a new space I’m just getting used to my new studio. This time I have dedicated “stations” for certain activities as I couldn’t get my big table in the door. For example, I have a sewing table, computer (office) table and a painting table. All had to be fold up tables to get in the door. I really like this arrangement as I now don’t have to clean off a space to do painting – I just shift to the appropriate spot!! I’m off to the UK this month so I may produce something in the last few days of the month. Have fun everyone!
I don’t have a studio or even a place to work and I definitely feel the lack. We have a teeny house and I don’t see a way at present to the possibility of a space. (Our kitchen is too small for a table; our dining room table is the office with the computer…) I’m not sure where to begin to illustrate my feelings on all of this. Marjorie
My first thoughts on this challenge are up on my blog. I think I have a design worked out for my fabric piece but I will unveil that later in the month when I have time to work on it. http://www.tyquilts.com/blog
Whow, that sure is tidied up! My space only looks a little bit like that when we have guests.
The room I am working in is my eldest daughter’s room. She is now studying and allowed me to set up my studio there. It is tiny, but I have a desk and two chests with large drawers. This is heaven after all the time I could only work at the kitchen table and had to store everything in the cellar. However, it is not nearly enough space. And since I have to heap up things on every possible surface, I am searching a lot for things I know I have. What is neatly stored away is my stash (sorted according to colors and fabric) and my embellishments (tucked away in storage trays I got from a jeweler). I hope to find some ideas for storage in the new “Studios” magazine…
Like everyone else it seems, I work in organised chaos. I have to tidy up and put everything out of reach when my grandchildren come to stay as they sleep in there so maybe I can make use of that fact in creating something for the Challenge. Grace
I’ve left some photos and comments on my working space on my blog http://magsramsay.blogspot.com
I’m still working out how I can interpret this as a textile piece( photo-montage?).
It might have to be the colour palette this month
Gosh, I’ve been reading all the comments and it seems nearly everyone has “organised chaos” in their work spaces ! I think it’s called creative clutter? I’ve been brave and put my photos up on my personal blog with some explanation, have a peak?
Hi Jackie – sure you can ask its a a carpet which was on the floor when we moved into the house. I plan on taking it up and sealing the floor boards one day but its such a job I keep just being very careful of any pins I drop! Boards are the best as you can just sweep up sewing threads etc and you find pins. (It is sort of important since I never wear shoes indoors)
definately cushioned vinyl, easy to clean, sweep, sometimes cold on the feet but I always have may rag rug. I use a small carpet offcut under my machine foot when its really cold ( big fan of machining in bare feet)
Hi Maggie – just join in. When you have made something post it to your blog then come back to my blog and leave a message here. Don’t forget your blog address when you leave the message. People follow the link to see what you have done.
don’t think i can do much better than this.it is very succinct and straight to the point.
please check it out herehttp://amovablefeast.blogspot.com/2008/10/room-of-ones-own.html
btw. it’s one of my studio windows 🙂
I too work in organized chaos. I just joined the TIF and am really thinking about this challenge. Having never been in art or design school, I have never really done anything that evokes my feelings about a particular thing, so am looking forward to it. I think I will try to the feeling side of it instead of the visual. Thanks.
My daughter thinks my workingspace is a complete mess, but she’s VERY organized herself. I’m not and usually I can find my things although not when I need it, but I come across some lost things, so I always find my things in time, am I right, or am I right? But how to put that in a TIF for this month…..my brains are spinning, I hope I can come up with something in time….
I wanted to let you know that I have to drop out of the TIF Challenge. My Dad passed on today, and I need to fly to the East Coast, my Mom passed away 18 months ago so there are many things that need to be taken care of. I’m sorry to have to leave, but I won’t be able to contribute like I wanted to. I want to thank you and everyone who participated in the challenge for allowing me to participate. Thank you to everyone. I’ll have my laptop with me and will drop in from time to time to see how things are going.
Finally I managed to do something useful with this months theme, Sharon and the rest of you challengers! It’s completely different from my other challenges, but that the meaning of all this! See my blog, please and tell me if my design shows my thoughts about my workingspace.
I feel I have been very brave letting anyone see where I produce my work, I think it is a miracle I can produce anything in my tiny room, sometimes I do wonder how I even get into the room. So take a look if you are nosey, otherwise all I can see is you were warned!
I’m running behind as usual. My workspace is quite cluttered and this has been a good opportunity to take a look at it and see how I can unclutter it and organise things better. I’ve posted my initial thoughts on my blog. I’m hoping to get stuck into it tomorrow and have it finished before the end of the month.
I’ve posted my results for the October challenge at http://www.colorlineandtexture.blogspot.com. Please scroll down to October 18 and previous entries for TIF. I also finally blogged the results of last year’s TAST challenge after I completed October’s assignment. I didn’t have a digital camera last year, so I worked the stitches each week but didn’t report them to the TAST community. Just in case anyone working this year’s TIF challenge is still doing TAST, I am finally coming clean and showing what I accomplished.
A big mess going on in my orderly chaos that has descended beyond creative clutter – to just awful mess. But this is necessay for right now – also I didn’t get the design work done, but I decided on it when I first saw the colors posted almost a month ago. I’m eagerly waiting for November, as I’ll have more time for personal design work and stitching!
Not sure why but my previous note seems to have disappeared into the ether, Sharon. However this is to let you know that I have two blog entries on this month’s TIF http://maggies-textiles.blogspot.com
I posted my October challenge piece on my blog at http://newsfromthebasement.blogspot.com – and also on the Take It Further blog. Scroll down a bit and you’ll find my August piece as well. Tried to comment on the August TIF page, but it is rejecting me. Oh! The pain of rejection! Just kidding.
I put up a very embarrassing picture of my cutting table on my blog, plus a project that I made using some of the scraps that were laying around on it. Interesting topic–got me to thinking about my space. http://www.enchanted-art.blogspot.com