Today, I set up a working space. My fresh-installed laptop and small drawing tablet sits snugly in the center of an old wooden dinner table. I bought the table for $25 from a woman who babysat her 3 grandchildren. There are paint splotches and pencil marks across the top. I’m hoping some of that creative energy it absorbed over the years will galvanize me.
To my right, is a Klic-N-Kut Zing digital die cutter. It’s tethered to my laptop and controlled by KNK design software. (For those of us who suffer from upper body muscle loss, like me—this tool was answered prayer!) I purchased the Zing a little while back to act as my “virtual paper cutting scissors.” A special thanks to Chad Youngblut, Vice President for Products and Support at KNK. His quick response to my deleted software problem and my Zing-less state was gratefully appreciated!
To my left is a small tower of stacked boxes containing pens, pencils, erasures, glue, rulers…all the things that bring the final assemblage of my cut paper pieces together. If there is any school year I’d love to do over, it would be First Grade; that’s where we learned to make simple paper templates of circles, squares, and rectangles. We combined the shapes to create larger more complex images.
Lighting is the final element of my work space. The morning sun comes through the three dining room windows and I do my best work in the early morning to early afternoon sun. As my metamorphosing continues, the brighter light seems to encourage new thoughts, new ideas, as well as the growth of my plant sitting on the table’s corner.
Overall, it is a pretty simple setup. The working space feels good. It gives me enough room to create; is well lit; and focuses my thoughts on the project in front of me.
Living life in 2013,
Mary Buck, PhD
Executive Director, Children’s Storytelling & Family Literacy Corp
The Sustainable American Family Program
–Stories which shape the heart for life–