Studio Tour + Workspace Organization Tips

November 12, 2015 Filed Under: 5 Tips, Artsy Advice 5 Comments

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You’ve probably seen my workspace on a percentage of my posts online – and I’ll admit, it’s become one of my permanent shooting places for my work because of the ample amount of sunlight that comes in every day. My studio is also featured on top design blog Design*Sponge (Thanks Lauren!) and on humor and creative blog Googly Gooeys, run by two of my favorite people (Thanks Pong and Tippy!).

You can check out more stories at their blogs (links below). I share two different sides of my space – one more technical, and the other, more personal. :)

Design*Sponge: Studio Tour (Abbey Sy of ABC) | Googly Gooeys: Studio Tours (Abbey Sy)

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When I was younger, I used to own a table at a shared room by me & my sister. As I eventually spent more time working and studying, I moved to the top floor – an empty stockroom I never bothered visiting in my younger years. Part of it was because it seemed scary, but also because I found no use in going up the third floor (hello, talk about cardio, lol).

Ironically, though, it’s now deemed to be my home, office, studio – basically where my artistic side transpires. I’ve given a room tour during my first few months staying here, but since then, it’s been growing and becoming more of a place that I can really call my own.

Now that I’m working full-time as an artist, it’s really important to keep it a sacred place for constant fuel of creativity. And with that, here are 5 tips I’m sharing on how to organize your own creative space.

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(1) Maximize your space.

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I didn’t have a wall or a proper shelf like most workspaces do – and instead of whining about it, I turned some elements of my space into functional tools. My glass window wall is a signboard for announcements and current projects, while the empty side corners ended up being my book shelf.A+

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You can check out some of my recommended reads here and here. :) Also, my book, The ABCs of Hand Lettering, is still available at major bookstores in the Philippines and online via Buqo or Amazon.

(2) Divide your work stations.

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I find this to be the best way to divide my workflow because I’m easily distracted with my computer and other devices. My table for painting faces the window where light comes in; while my computer table is by the wall. So far, it’s been giving me a great distance between creative work and administrative work.

(Above: my computer table; Below: my painting table)

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(3) Categorize your things.

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I have a trolley for all my art materials – which are then segregated per type (paint, pens, paper). I also have a list of all my books (thanks Jas for helping me out on this). I also have a separate trolley for all my contracts, documents and important business files, as well as workshop teaching essentials. Keeping things divided helps make your work efficient and at the same time, helps in avoiding mess and clutter.

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Fun fact: This Calligraphy book dates back to my 15th birthday, given by one of my high school friends. So much for ESP, he probably didn’t expect I’d actually pursue calligraphy or lettering for that matter (haha, hi Peter!).

(4) Keep your rest area far from your work area.

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My bed is situated at the farthest end of the room, beside my computer table. Although I rarely feel the need to keep wanting to sleep, it also gives me quite a good separation from work. I try to keep less clutter on the bed (sometimes my laptop, if I have rush work) and I try to minimize putting any work-related stuff there because, obviously, it’s a place for me to sleep, not work.

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(5) Allow light to come in – and use it to your advantage.

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I used to hate how huge my window was — it wasn’t the default square window most houses have. But now that I’ve gotten used to it, I try to maximize it by shooting near the window (for some of my posts), or use natural daylight more often when I paint. Besides, nothing like Vitamin D to start the day, right? :)

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(Above: On most mornings, that’s how much light my window absorbs. Also an involuntary alarm clock for 7 in the morning, lol // Below: current work situation as of this afternoon – finishing up a few marketing plans and admin work before the week comes to a close)

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Hope these tips help in creating a workspace you can call your own. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. :)

PS: This shot was taken a few weeks ago when Tippy visited and worked at my studio. Props to her for carrying a huge baby bump and shooting like a pro!

Photos by Ber Garcia & Tippy Go of Googly Gooeys

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5 Responses to “Studio Tour + Workspace Organization Tips”

  1. Odee
    November 13, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Yessss! Really love your studio since I saw it featured at Design*Sponge. Natural light is the best for taking pictures, I think, so I recently moved my table next to the window, too. I just wish my window is as large as yours haha. Also, I’m planning to make a “creativity nook” in my room (though my space is kinda limited) so this post is really timely. :) Hoorah!!

  2. Odee
    November 13, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Yessss! Really love your studio since I saw it featured at Design*Sponge. Natural light is the best for taking pictures, I think, so I recently moved my table next to the window, too. I just wish my window is as large as yours haha. Also, I’m planning to make a “creativity nook” in my room (though my space is kinda limited) so this post is really timely. :) Hoorah!!

  3. Abbey
    November 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks Odee! :) That’s good. Natural light is always the best companion for drawing :) Haha, trust me, sometimes the window’s too big that unnecessary light comes in haha. Good luck with the creativity nook! Sounds exciting! :)

  4. Shannelle
    November 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    This has me inspired to go up to the attic and ask my mom to move things out of a certain room. Although it doesn’t have aircon, though, which is such a necessity on certain days. >.< Until then, I'm taking over the guest room.

  5. Abbey
    November 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    No aircon is baaad. It’s a requirement haha. Good luck taking over the guest room! Should be fun :)

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