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I seriously considered not sharing my actual before photos. Just start organizing a bit, and then take photos. But I'm owning this f#*%ing mess. I really feel the need to explain why my creative life looks like this, but I am going to sit on my hands and refrain. I am having trouble focusing on the task. I've already hit up Pintrest and decided that I probably need a bed on wheels. But I'm pushing through. Must get rid of so many things...

In the photos below, you will see my life. Note gangly pipes to the far right. They're copper. I think they add a vintage feel to the space. I hope to work them into my final visualization. Pinterest had nothing in the way of twisted old plumbing to add to my mood board, so I'm going to have to wing it.

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Books. Photography gear. A questionable number of plush creatures.

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Current space and future space. Cleaner. Maybe a sink to go with the pipes. Less things.

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I finally managed to make some progress. I had a lot more stuff than I realized. So many pens...

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Let's see... Reorganized the drafting table storage to house only the things I use for drawing. Hung some jars in the wall for officey pens and highlighters and whatnot. Repositioned the overhead lights so they are tolerable.

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The shelves now only store art-related materials, with the drawing and photography stuff in the middle where it's easiest to get to. Wasn't able to part with any stuffed friends. I like toys. *Shrug* Was able to clear a space for the dog to come hang out, too.

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The Nar Wall. Ha!

Still some paper sorting and shredding to do. It feels much better in here, though.


UPDATE!!! 2020

Hi! I thought I would update my project. It's been a few years since I used this class to really go a major overhaul of the intention of my studio space. Since then, I have continued to mold the space into a functional studio that I use to make all kinds of art. What once was a storage room, and then became a seldom-used studio/storage for my photography gear, has become my functional art studio. 

It's still a bit cluttered, but I work in all kinds of media so I have a ton of supplies. This class really helped me, and continues to help me decide what things stay in the space and what gets tossed, or relocated to another part of the house. It's been a huge help in focusing my energy and in the direction of my art practice. All the supplies I use the most are easily accessible, and I update that every year or so as needed based on what type of work I am producing. It's been really awesome.

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Since my original post, I added a desk top to the filing cabinets for more surface space. I hung some shelves to get things off my desk, and I got a whiteboard this past year to organize my brain.

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Still using these shelves in a similar manner. There are more sketchbooks now, and more supplies. The sewing machine got moved to another room as my sewing supplies expanded. I've also added another filing cabinet. I originally intended to turn it into a sink as there is water hook-up in this room, but I abandoned the idea and just use it to store artwork inside and on top.

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The dog got upgraded from a dog bed to a people chair. I hung some Ikea fun buckets on the wall for brushes and pencils and pens, and another shelf for inks. I moved the metal table to extend my drawing space. Got a cool art cart for all my paints.

I'm toying with the idea of moving my studio into a larger room in our house as I can't set up the easels in this space without moving something out, and the dog refuses to go. :P


Stefanie D'Angelo

Artist, Illustrator, Eater of foods