|One desk for analog, one desk for digital.|
I loved this idea of separating the two modes of production, but couldn't wrap my mind around how to do it. I had everything mashed up on one desk, and always felt cramped by my computer when I was doing something that did not involve it.
Fast forward four years to about a month ago. I was doing a major decluttering of our apartment, and finally decided to tackle the home office. After getting rid of a lot of books, papers, and supplies, I took a look at my side of the room. (I share it with my husband.) I ditched a bunch of clunky, random pieces of furniture and replaced them with an inexpensive 4-foot utility table which I ordered online.
I then moved my computer and printer to the utility table, leaving the desk with the larger surface free to do creative work by hand. I filled the perimiters of the desk with visuals that inspire me - e.g. artist postcards from the Twitter Art Exhibit, pens and pencils, fresh flowers, and my go-to book for inspiration, Start from Where You Are.
I'm not sure why it took four years to figure out to do this, but I am so happy that I did. I'm looking forward to using the two spaces, especially the "analog" one!
Here are some resources to gather inspiration for creating your space to create. When I look at these books/magazines, I know I'm often looking at spaces of people with a lot of financial resources who do their creative work full time. I keep that in mind, and focus on using the resources that I have.
* Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces for Extraordinary Women, published by Stampington and Company's Somerset Studio, Created by Jo Packham. This is a magazine that you can pick up at Barnes and Nobles. In the May/June/July 2016 issue, you will find a profile of Stacia Lang, who used to design costumes for Prince.
* Maker Spaces: Creative Interiors from the Homes and Stideos of Inspiring Makers and Designers, by Emily Quinton; photography by Kelen Cathcart.
* A Room of Her Own: Women's Personal Spaces. By Chris Casson Madden; photography by Jennifer Levy.
* Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon. Check out pages 58-61, where he describes and shows how he created his analog and digital desks.
* A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf.