Storage ideas from Where Women Create

Where Women Create magazine is a product of the Stampington rubber stamp company and is published four times a year. Each issue features 10 to 15 offices and studios of women who make their livings in creative careers.

Since artists typically need lots of supplies to produce their crafts, I thought the spaces in the August/September/October 2010 magazine might feature some atypical storage solutions. Although most of the offices were stuffed with supplies, many of them had ingenious methods for storing items. Here are a few of my favorites:

Camille Roskelley covered her closet doors with white felt to use as an inspiration board for her fabric while designing quilts (image by Ryne Hazen):

Wendy Addison uses an old architect’s blueprint chest to store paper supplies she uses in her artwork. These chests are perfect for organizing flat items (image by Michael Garland):

Artist Jennifer Murphy is clearly a visual processor, and as a result uses walls lined with cork board to store her papers and materials. For people who need to see their work or they forget about it, taking advantage of vertical space can be very helpful (image by Jennifer Murphy):

Editor-in-chief of Where Women Create Jo Packham has repurposed antique shelf brackets to hold ribbon rods and new shelves to store craft supplies in her studio (image by Zachary Williams):

Editor and consultant Nancy Soriano utilizes the space above her office door to store books and the back of her door to hold magazines (image by Scott Jones):

Self-proclaimed “junkinista” Ki Nassauer has made a career of rescuing damaged and discarded items and turning them into artful and usable objects. In this case, she took an old table, sanded, repaired, and painted it, and then added a small fabric mattress to create a kitty bed. It’s not necessarily storage, but it is incredibly cute (image by Heather Bullard):

9 Comments for “Storage ideas from Where Women Create”

  1. posted by Kay Chase on

    The kitty bed is fantastic.

  2. posted by amandalee on

    I love that architect’s chest. Ikea has a midcentury-esque one, but that one has so much more character. *heads off to Craigslist to find one of my own*

  3. posted by Molly on

    I too really like the cat bed. I wonder if the cat would enjoy a canopy? :-)

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    posted by RebeccaL on

    I was thinking the same thing about the canopy-gives kitty the “confined” space they love so much

  5. posted by GirlOverboard on

    Oh my god, I totally want to make something like that bed for our kitties when we move to a larger space.

  6. posted by Keter on

    Is it just me, or do those first two pictures look like they were taken in the 1960s? Particularly the first one…hairstyle and smock take me right back…

  7. posted by Alexia on

    Ohmygawd… I love that side table / 4-poster bed idea. Very clever ladies, indeed. :)

  8. posted by Joy from Just Plain Joy on

    I love that kitty bed!

  9. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Where Women Create is a motherlode of great storage ideas. Even better (IMO) are the special Studios issues of Cloth-Paper-Scissors (also quarterly). The Stampington publications tend to focus on that frilly, overstuffed look, whereas Studios gives a bit more time to other types of looks, and often has some practical articles as well. Studios is not available as a subscription, but on the newstand it’s usually hiding on the fringes of either the craft or the shelter section.

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