Ways to Create a Space of Your Own

Adrienne Geoghegan's Studio
One of the questions that people often ask me is ‘where do you create your work?’ They complain that what gets in the way of them making art is not having a dedicated art space.  I’d like to share here some ideas here for being inventive with small or rented spaces. Ones that are funky, innovative, and functional in your own living space. Even if it is just a corner, a room divider, or a movable caddy, you NEED a space for your art stuff and to create.
We aren’t all able to create or afford gorgeous NYC style loft studios, or chalets in Tuscany, or indeed studios like the ones we drool over on Pinterest, but I do believe that if you truly want to make art and creativity a part of your life, you WILL  find a space for it. It’s about making your creative practice a priority,  no matter what your art discipline is. I live in Stoneybatter in a 1990s two-up two down terraced house, but I created a great little space by renovating my attic.

I have good northeast light with Velux windows, a small sink for water-based paints, and plenty of higgledy piggledy shelving and bookcases for my inspirational books,  my collage printed ephemera, art materials and paints, and countless sketchbooks and bits ‘n’ bobs. It is not perfect, nor terribly tidy. but I do know exactly where to find everything…most of the time. I don’t work digitally at all so all my work is created by hand ‘analog’ as they say. I adore spending time up there listening to the radio or Spotify whilst working on a commission or self-directed piece.

 
Here are some ideas for carving out an art space at home. Instead of waiting for the ideal art studio to become available, find a spot and claim it as your own.
  1.  Take over a corner. Put a desk and perhaps some shelving with boxes and baskets to house your art materials in the corner of any room. Hey Presto! An instant art space.
  2.  Divide a room using IKEA shelving, a table, or a nice old vintage screen to delineate the art area in your biggest room.
  3. Install a fold-down table with some stowaway storage for your materials. See this one from IKEA
  4. Take over the garage, attic, or ‘box’ room.
  5. Make a rolling art cart. I use this one from IKEA and in fact, I now own three of them!
 
Happy Nesting!

One of the questions that people often ask me is ‘where do you create your work?’ They complain that what gets in the way of them making art is not having a dedicated art space.  I’d like to share here some ideas here for being inventive with small or rented spaces. Ones that are funky, innovative, and functional in your own living space. Even if it is just a corner, a room divider, or a movable caddy, you NEED a space for your art stuff and to create.

We aren’t all able to create or afford gorgeous NYC style loft studios, or chalets in Tuscany, or indeed studios like the ones we drool over on Pinterest, but I do believe that if you truly want to make art and creativity a part of your life, you WILL  find a space for it. It’s about making your creative practice a priority,  no matter what your art discipline is. I live in Stoneybatter in a 1990s two-up two down terraced house, but I created a great little space by renovating my attic.

I have good northeast light with Velux windows, a small sink for water-based paints, and plenty of higgledy piggledy shelving and bookcases for my inspirational books,  my collage printed ephemera, art materials and paints, and countless sketchbooks and bits ‘n’ bobs. It is not perfect, nor terribly tidy. but I do know exactly where to find everything…most of the time. I don’t work digitally at all so all my work is created by hand ‘analog’ as they say. I adore spending time up there listening to the radio or Spotify whilst working on a commission or self-directed piece.

 
Here are some ideas for carving out an art space at home. Instead of waiting for the ideal art studio to become available, find a spot and claim it as your own.
  1.  Take over a corner. Put a desk and perhaps some shelving with boxes and baskets to house your art materials in the corner of any room. Hey Presto! An instant art space.
  2.  Divide a room using IKEA shelving, a table, or a nice old vintage screen to delineate the art area in your biggest room.
  3. Install a fold-down table with some stowaway storage for your materials. See this one from IKEA
  4. Take over the garage, attic, or ‘box’ room.
  5. Make a rolling art cart. I use this one from IKEA and in fact, I now own three of them!
 
Happy Nesting!
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