In which I would like an inflatable studio please - Tactical Ninja
Oct. 5th, 2012
08:46 am - In which I would like an inflatable studio please
Yesterday I bought myself a new toy. It's a jigsaw - not of the putting-pieces-together-to-make-a-pictur
Turns out they aren't that flash for small, thin pieces of wood. Even the finest wood blade still causes too much vibration and I ended up breaking several bits of wood before giving up in disgust and doing the cuts with a hack saw. I know you aren't supposed to use metal-cutting blades on wood but I can't help wondering if the finer teeth would make a better job of cutting 2-3mm thick wood strips.
The jigsaw was awesome for larger (8mm) bits though, slicing through it like a hot knife through butter, until I had to stop because night time + power tools = irate neighbours and well, I kind of like my neighbours. I also got these fantastic clamps which are the sort of thing I'm going to wonder how I ever managed without. I got two big ones and two teeny-tiny little ones, and they didn't cost anywhere near as much as the site says cos they were on special.
And it's about this time that I realise that I'm equipping my very own studio, without actually having a studio. Well I do sort of have a studio, if you count the dining table. And my arty stuff is spread throughout the house. I left this comment in goddessofchaos's blog the other day:
"SRSLY. Spare room cupboard? Fabric and costumes. Spare room cabinets? Thread, paint, ribbons, glue/glue gun, sewing machine, overlocker, tulle spools. Spare room corner? Spinning wheel, loom, box of bits n bobs for sewing.
Lounge cabinet? Paper, paint, ink, modelling stuff. Lounge coffee table drawers? Wire, pliers, varnishes. Hallway cupboard? Dyes, patterns, tools. Behind the couch? Cutting boards.
Now let's just add more power tools, clamps, a whole lot of paint and some leather thonging to the mix. Sometimes I amaze myself at how much making-related stuff I have accumulated - especially after having been so cutthroat about making sure I didn't keep all of Mum's stuff as well after she died. And I'm even more amazed at how it all somehow fits in. My rule is that storage must not overflow into living space, and so far it hasn't - but I know there's been projects out on the table for the last few weeks and I'm getting sick of that. I have places to keep things, but no dedicated place to work. And the things I'm making now can't be put away between sessions because they have things like drying times and clamping requirements. *sigh*
So I'm left with a choice - get rid of some stuff (Oh noes! But I might use it one day!*), stop making stuff (never!)or make a dedicated workspace for putting things that are drying. Or, I guess I could just muddle through and live with the fact that part of our lounge is going to look like Frankenstein's lab at least some of the time.
So anyway, I know there are a lot of makers on my flist. I'm curious what y'all do. Do you work in your living space and just pretend you can't see it? Tidy everything away or at least try to arrange it tastefully? Have your own making space (in which case I HAVE TEH ENVY!)? Or something else? Oh flist, tell me how to be creative and tidy at the same time!
* The hard part about that 'but I might use it one day' argument is that for me, it's often true. I get obsessed with making *thing* and when I need *specific bit of stuff*, it turns out I have it because of 'but I might use it one day'. So, um, yeah.