If you read my blog yesterday, you know I made a commitment to organize what used to be an extra den into a "dream" studio. Tonight I started with a closet that I'm going to keep my collage paper in. See below with what I started out with.
First, I guess I should explain the lawsuit. Back in November, my niece Erin was having car trouble. (She broke down on I-75 with her 3 year old). We have a "family" truck, which I was using, so Erin borrowed my car. On her way to work the next day, she rear ended someone. As Elvis Costello says, accidents will happen! I naively thought her insurance would take care of it, BUT in the state of Georgia a wreck will follow the owner of the car. Now, I have a little Corolla that I just keep running (I haven't had a car payment since 1992!) But, there was absolutely no damage to my car - it was all buffed out by my brother. So, when the other car was repaired I thought the story was over. However, I received a call last month from an insurance investigator. The person she hit has hired a lawyer - he apparently started having neck probems six months after the wreck! My car has since been photographed to show the lack of damage. I have dreaded hearing an updates. So, on my way home tonight, my cell phone rang and it was the insurance investigator. I couldn't get the phone (I was driving after all), so I don't know what has transpired. Of course, I fear the worst. This got my adrenaline going and I knew I have my "dream" studio to work on, so I came home and tackled the closet you see above.
What you see in it is old halloween costumes, wrapping paper and junk, and some nice rice paper hanging up. I decided to make it into a collage paper closet.
I began by getting rid of the old Halloween costumes. Gone is the caterpillar outfit, complete with 6 pairs of children's tennis shoes. Gone is the dress I made out of koozie cups (made after seeing a dress made out of flip-flops in Priscilla Queen of the Desert). I have to admit, I kept the dress I made out of condoms, more on that at a latter date! The wrapping paper is mostly old, so I put it in the recycling bin, and kept the gift bags and put them in the storage room (which I cleaned out after our garage sale this past weekend).
I hung all my bought paper up on hangers with clothespins, organized by color. I discovered some beautiful paper that I had stuck in the wierdest places. I put a shelf in with small pieces left over - as well as tissue paper. On the left is a shelf with stained paper that I love to use.
The top shelf is my encaustic tools.
I'm proud of this - it will help me keep organized.
Next???? The bookshelf and the flat files.
This will be a challenge as I still have "stuff" from when this was a den. Note the top of the book shelf - those boxes contain pictures from travels - they will go into storage and the rest will be cleaned up and organized as collage material. I will reserve a shelf for instructional books, DVD's, and catalogs from shows that feature artists that have inspired me.
I will then tackle the flat file and organize the drawing pads below and clean up around it.
I'm happy my adrenaline surge caused me to make not only a start, but a plan on how to organize the studio. Joel even measured my table, which will be 4x6' with a shelf.
But, I still don't know what the phone call regarding the lawsuit is about. I guess that will wait until tomorrow.