One of my favorite books is Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”. I read this book several years ago for the first time and it left quite an impression on me. The summary of it was that everyone needs their own space to create. I always have a creative space. I have found over the years that sometimes that can be challenging. spaces can be too small, shared, or just not conducive to creativity.
This past year I had to close down my art studio temporarily. I felt really conflicted and sad about it. I stubbornly packed up my art supplies and stuffed them in various closets. However, it didn’t last long before I needed to create and dug them all back out again. I decided that my dining room is a wasted space in my house. We either eat around the living room table (it’s easier for my son to sit at) or on the deck. So, I shoved the dining room table out of the way and made a make shift creative space. It it small, but it has lots of natural light, a sink close by, and is out of the way for the other living that is going on in the house.
I also noticed that my son has acquired my love for art. At a very young age, I spent a great deal of time creating art. I’ve watched this creativity bloom in my son as well. He’ll slip off to his room and I will find him coloring and drawing. I have built him a creative fort with a cardboard box and blankets. He now has a space of his own.
Regardless of how little space you have, find a space that is yours. Maybe it’s setting up a tent in the corner, pushing a desk against a wall and declaring it creative space, or putting down a drop cloth and making it your studio space. It’s important to have a creative space of one’s own.