Creating an Inspiring Studio Space
Our studios are a place of relaxation, productivity and most importantly, creativity. But how do you go about creating the perfect atmosphere and environment for endless amounts of inspiration?!
When I first started with my creative journey, I dreamed of having my own studio space to call my own – somewhere I didn’t have to tidy everything away at night and I could leave all messy if I wanted…I also thought that a studio had to be a grown up place, with lots of important adult type things and it couldn’t be a place with fun little knick knacks or things deemed “childish” by others.
I started my journey with such a studio and, let me tell you, it was the most uninspiring and boring place to be and I rarely wanted to create in it. I’ll admit, a lot of it was down to space and the only area available at the time was a small desk under the stairs – I felt a lot like Harry Potter. I was limited in what I could do, but I thought the done thing was to keep everything organised in sensible pots (think grey wire pots) and to display business info and contacts on the wall…I don’t have a photo to share with you but it was pretty drab and dark.
Even when I moved my studio to some place else, I still decorated it like it was some corporate office and not that fun, inspiring place a studio should be and, looking back, I think it’s one of the reasons I was always lacking creativity and motivation to draw.
Fast forward 7 years and I finally have my own, large studio space to decorate how I want. I knew instantly that I wasn’t going to be making it into an “office” space. From experience, I knew I needed to be surrounded by the things I love and enjoy the most.
For me that’s wacky, colourful knick knacks, interesting pots and unusual containers, manga novels, stuffed toys. And lots of plants.
I realised that the key to creating an inspiring studio space, is to fill it with the things you love amongst all those practical things you need for art and business.
You need that mix in order to make the space somewhere you actually want to come into day after day and create endless amounts of memories in the form of your art pieces.
Even if you just have a small corner, or dont even have your own studio space right now, make sure that wherever you are creating has a touch of you in it. Fill it with all the fun and interesting things you like.
What you like will be different to me and that’s what make each of our studios unique. You may absolutely love the polished corporate look for your area and if that gets your creative juices flowing then decorate the hell out of that space you have with that!
If I could give you one tip, it would be to try and decorate with light coloured furnishings as they bounce the light and it makes the space even more airy and inviting. Also, lots of light is good when creating artwork so the more you can get, the better!
Don’t be afraid to let out your inner child – if that’s what makes you happy – and flood your space with colour, too! I have a little bit of a dark side and love horror/dark art, so I have a wall of Christopher Lovell prints which always make me want to add more intricacy to my drawings.
I’d love for you to share your creative spaces with me over in my facebook group – maybe they’ll inspire others to create the space of their dreams?! I might even share your spaces in a future blog post!