Thursday, March 11, 2010

organized


Ok, here's a quick peek at the studio so far. Above is a shot of the photo area with props stored underneath the table and on the case next to the table. Books are now tidily stored on the many cases.

This is a shot of the length of the room, my jewelers bench peeking out on the left, the green case storing my favorite books across from my desk (along with dolls displayed on top). Note the clean tables! I hope it lasts, although my nature is to spread everything out so I can see all the components at once.

This is my toolkit which I take everywhere: matte tape for perserving little flowers/leaves, date stamper, Le Sport Sac pouch, various micron pens (absolutely necessary for my survival), mechanical pencil, ball of kneaded eraser, small water spray (for wetting watercolors), two water brushes, watercolors and magnifying lens. Its very light and doesn't take up much room in my bag, which is good, because i could get away with just my sketchbook and pens, but I feel rather incomplete with my tool kit.


Clear evidence that I am occasionally overwhelmed by obsessive compulsive behavior. I picked these beads out of several trays of loose strands, put them in tiny piles, then packed them into the tins. Then I arranged the whole lot by hue and chroma. I know I'm sick, but it only gets worse.

Four small boxes arranged by color. I do have some by stone, like labradorite. Of that variety there are a few boxes holding all the cuts and sizes.


Two larger boxes holding labradorite and a variety of pale rare beads, like snakeskin agate and Dutch opalecent rondelles. It took me about two weeks of just sorting beads before I got tired of it and stopped. I finished about 29 boxes with a few trays and one cigar box filled to the brim left to sort. I'll save that for later. I just finished sorting my paints and brushes and other art supplies, getting them ready for the warmer season ahead, which means working outdoors! I love taking my supplies outside and working, its nice to have the good light and birds all around.
It feels very satisfying to come upstairs and see everything ready to go. This time I really got down to business, dragging out everything in the supply room (which is across from the tall bookcase in the first pic) and then put it all back, in order. I think it will stay nice....hopefully.

19 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

I am so digging these forays into the studios of my most favorite artists! Gives me hope that mine will come along. I want to do exactly as you have done with the beads by color...how many of those trays did you say you have? I will have to think about that...I just bought an antique printers' cabinet with all those little divider drawers. I posted a pic on facebook. From the reaction, I think I scored big! Looking forward to seeing what lovelies you create, Miss Cynthia! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day! Erin

TesoriTrovati said...

I am so digging these forays into the studios of my most favorite artists! Gives me hope that mine will come along. I want to do exactly as you have done with the beads by color...how many of those trays did you say you have? I will have to think about that...I just bought an antique printers' cabinet with all those little divider drawers. I posted a pic on facebook. From the reaction, I think I scored big! Looking forward to seeing what lovelies you create, Miss Cynthia! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day! Erin

mairedodd said...

looks wonderful! thanks for sharing your interior working space - it's quite something... hope you find lots of inspiration here!

kvk said...

I chuckled the whole way through ... all I can say is OH MY GOD!!!! You did it! I'm with you on the bead sorting thing, but I don't think even I could muster that sort of determination. Truly an amazing and spectacular job well done.
xo

Alice said...

It's so fun to see these studios. I love the light coming through your windows and that you seem to have a place for everything.

What I wouldn't give to have a peek at all your beads in person!

Michelle said...

The bead sorting thing....that is just so my anal-retentativeness (that so doesn't look right) that pops out! I've gotten a little more relaxed about it though. Thanks for the peek into your studio!
Bead Happy!
Michelle

Janet said...

I was looking closely at your studio pics like I was in a curiosity shop and telling Jenny look at that and that and that! Very nice and Im thinking you feel so relieved that youve gotten all of that done! A load of your shoulders. How old is Maxx now...he must be getting big the little Man!

SharonP said...

Looks so tidy and inviting, and your stones are an artist's dream! Have fun in your studio!

Cindy said...

I love your little round tins, where did you buy those? I have some square tins, but really like yours! I see that you are as obsessed with labradorite as I am!

I hope I can come up there soon and see your organization in person!

Cynthia Thornton said...

Thanks everyone! I'm loving the space! I got the small round tins from Jane's Beads and Fibers and the large ones in the wedding dept. at AC Moore, I guess they're for wedding favors. If you use the coupons online, you can get them 50% off, which is what I did!

Jenn Maruska said...

Wow! You are so neat and organized! I am inspired! : )

Linda-B said...

I love your HUGE studio and your bead system. My beads are in little plastic jars that screw together, and then all stored in small lingerie-type chest. The drawers come out completely, so when I want to work with a particular color, I just slide out that drawer.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Well that was just awesomely satisfiying on so many levels ! The peek, the organization and the beadaliciousness - congrats !!!

Andrew Thornton said...

It looks good and I'm happy that everything is all sorted and ready for making. I don't think most people realize how much stuff piles up when you work on a book, have children, and have to run a business. So what you've done is a feat amongst the mighty!

(When you've recovered, you can come to Bolivar and help me organize my studio.) ;-)

FunkyMonkey Girls said...

Can you come & do me studio! WOW...I just get overwhelmed looking at my mess my lovely mom left:)

Funky Monkey Girl,
Jolene

Farm Girl Cat said...

I love you studio, you are very organized!

Farm Girl Cat said...

I love you studio, you are very organized!

Katherine Robb said...

Jealous!! Awesome bead collection.

Marla said...

Oh my gosh! You are SO organized! I wish I could do that with my life, then I might have some time to do a little of my photography.