This week I’m working on part of a collaborative edition of Dark River of Stars, a limited edition collection of Valentine’s Day poems by Oregon’s poet laureate, Paulann Petersen. The edition is for 50, but I don’t make them all at once; just batches of 7-10 as they sell. You can see more at www.blackdogbookarts.com/darkriverstars.html.
2. How does your studio need to function? Give a brief description of your working space.
I keep one of my craft tables open in the middle of the room as an extra work space. It helps me designate work areas: the back end of the built-in cabinets for gluing and sewing, the desk for piece work, and the craft table for cutting/tearing down parent sheets of paper to smaller sizes or for paste paper and stenciling.
What do you love about your studio?
My newest purchase is an antique letterpress cabinet that has both drawers with cubbies for embellishments and flat files for my smaller (<20”x30”) papers.
Also, the light from the large sliding glass door and the skylight is great, even on gray days.
4. What would you like to change about your studio?
My dad always said “A place for everything and everything in its place.” I try to follow that since it means I know exactly where what I’m looking for is. I rarely get frustrated trying to find a particular item or tool (bookbinding uses a lot of tools). Of course, for that to work, you have to have your storage organized and enough of it for everything. When I’m working on a project, I haul out everything I need onto the craft table, but it goes back when I’m done so it’s right where it should be next time I need it.
Finally, adding the drying rack over the sink really helped to keep my work surfaces clean (and dry!).
My main suggestion is to look at how you use your space. Walk through it and see what doesn't work first and make sure it's laid out best for the work you do.