Many people would think an old metal
drawer is a sorry excuse for a new toy.
For me, it's another 'empty oatmeal
box wins out over new Christmas gifts'
moment (reference to my 12.29.15 post).
I'm in Corning, NY, for ten weeks. While
here, I'm working on many arts festival
applications, new photographs,
and new pieces.
I am grateful to have a designated
work area in the apartment we rent,
which is convenient to where Greg
is working in NY. However, I find the
gray and brown walls here and the
rear view of a nondescript building and
dumpster-filled alley less than inspiring.
furnishings that make me happy, and amazing views from two walls.
seating serves as a smoking area for the staff of neighboring restaurants.
I find the room size and lack of closet
and storage space challenging, and
I share the room with a kayak, which
takes up a good bit of available space.
To consolidate, most of my storage
receptacles are left at home in
Charlotte when I come here.
After unloading my car
I am always overwhelmed,
and feel encumbered and
distracted by the clutter.
state, and was even able to reuse all the printed labels. I found two types of
pages; one having divided multi-size compartments for smaller patterns.
The next problem I tackled was the desk top, which is used for drawing,
cutting, tooling, dyeing, riveting, wire-working, polishing, carding, etc.
In my Charlotte studio, I have four work surfaces, but here I only have one
(not counting the floor and the ironing board, which are used often).
My tools, even though organized, were taking up too much of the space.
In July, I posted my Altoid™ tin
storage. It sits atop another box holding divided porcelain dishes using for sorting spacers, etc.
An old compact bookshelf I found
is the perfect width and depth to hold 12 bottles of leather dye, and doesn't take up much space.
I also use an old carousel
caddy for hammers, scissors,
rulers, rotary cutters, filing
and writing instruments, etc.
A wooden rack held my pliers until I
had a light bulb moment at my favorite
Corning antique store.... TA DA!!
This is my newly-rescued old galvanized
steel drawer. It makes vertical storage
possible, freeing some desk space and
also making item-return pretty effortless.
Magnets secure pliers, reading glasses, safety
goggles, dust masks, rivet setters, etc., to the inside.
There is also room for some leather punches, letter
stamps, leather conditioner, archival wax, designated
cloths for conditioner and wax, and some adhesives.
Limited space and concurrent multiple tasks
contribute to glasses, dust masks, stamps, and
rivet setters, etc., becoming buried under piles.
Many days I feel as though half my time
was spent on search and rescue missions.
Since the drawer is an arm's length away and
everything is clearly visible, I'm hoping it may
allow cease and desist on some future burials.
I hear a voice in my head saying, "Who are you trying to kid?"
That voice knows me well, but I am going to try my best to prove her wrong this time!