Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shop's in Shape

The only way I could fit into the bedroom is because these older places have very large walk in closets. I took $20 worth of plywood and made it into shelving with minimal intrusion to the closet walls but enough to secure for quakes.

Sets stowed on top shelf, trays of materials for still-needed props on middle shelves, heavy metal card file, with 22 very deep drawers (open drawer on right above is only about 1/3 way pulled open, plus--they come all the way out on a rolling tray, separately.) now with colorfully painted fronts, holds odds and ends for building.

Paints stowed in rolling racks on the floor, long plastic boxes on top of drawers hold puppet/character materials, one box for each of the main seven pupps left to build, their wool hair, their dyed fabrics for costumes, etc,
At the other place, I had acres of raw walls that I could cover with as much project reference material as I could ever want. Here there is zero, so I had to come up with another way to keep these images, growing all the time, as the web relentlessly shows helpful shots to grab. It took a week, but I managed to go through all the images and sort out only the boards that still needed to be referred to, putting the things already done away-away.

The boards still in play were then sorted by subject, clipped together, and labeled with large masking tape flags. These are kept like a giant loose leaf book of sorts. They're kept upright in the closet, one in an old board portfolio, wedged between the paint caddies and the closet wall opposite the drawers.

As each subject needs to be looked at, I look through the "book", pull the bundle and will put them up on a clothes line or something near where working.

The room actually has gorgeous polished hardwood floors. But in order not to damage them while living here, we had a roll of Ram Board put down before anything else was moved into the studio. The other day I installed a $19 plain canvas drop cloth, using double-sided duct tape, over the $50 Ram Board in the middle of the room so I wouldn't have to read the words all over the Ram Board and see the black tape lines.

Now I can work in here without concern. It's a tighter fit. But will make it work.


  1. Hi Shelly,
    Thank you for the wonderful felt Christmouse! It arrived this morning, and although the return address was covered by a customs sticker, just from the bulging brown envelope I had a pretty good idea who it was from. Now I see where you've been pouring your creativity in the last few weeks.
    All the best for the holidays and happy Halflanding for next year!

  2. Thank you so much, Nick!! More posts coming soon. A lot has been happening actually.

    I realize recently that this isn't a film as films are made with reason. It's an irrational approach taking this long.

    But it functions as art in the long view, allowing things to develop in their natural timing.

    Doesn't make sense in terms of making entertainment for an audience. But it does in terms of the satisfaction of creation.

    I really appreciate your being here to support and see.

  3. Hi Shelley!
    Merry Late Christmas! It is so nice to spend some time here catching up. My goodness you have been busy. It seems like you are getting organized and settled now. I am glad you are well again too. I love all the magical creating for Halfland you have been doing. Love that wallpaper!
    I hope your new year is good, I will check back and not wait so long next time. I rarely post to my blog anymore, and it was nice to see your comment.

    Stay Happy!

  4. Thanks so much, Marcie HON,

    Moving and illness really took a huge chunk of months here, but as you say I am gratefully returning to health.

    More to show here soon!


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