Thursday, April 23, 2009

Creating in tiny spaces: Pt. 1

So you don't have the art studio of your dreams. In fact, you don't have a studio at all--you live in a dorm or cramped apartment; or with your parents; or share space with a spouse, kids, two cats and a dog. That doesn't mean you can't make art. In my square-footage-challenged domain, I work with what I've got. Today and continuing through the next segments of this series, I'll show you some of my ideas.

First, let me introduce you to my Porta-ArtSpot:

Yup, my new "BFF", an old picnic basket I picked up at a garage sale. It can go room to room or in the car to wherever I might want to create--such as my friend's house for our monthly "art play date" or even to the local coffeehouse. I can change out the contents easily, and even close it and use the top as a footstool while I'm working on something.

Think of your lack as a positive rather than a negative. It's a challenge! Look around at what you've got, and find creative solutions. It can actually be fun, and stir your imagination in other ways.

Back tomorrow for Pt. 2.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Clever idea Sharon, making a picnic basket into a portable studio! Could always throw some wine and cheese in there too, and really make your crafting fun!

Klay Kisses said...

What a great idea Sharon! I have an old picnic basket that I have been moving from spot to spot for a coupld of years now. I now know what to do with it. PS I really like Cindy's idea too!