The Spring 2010 issue of Studios debuts on newsstands today, so I asked Studios Editor Cate Coulacos Prato to be the guest editor for today's Quilting Daily blog post. Take it away, Cate!
Whenever I travel, I'm always taking pictures of interesting doors, doorways, gates, and arches. I'm especially intrigued by doors that are decorated and ones that offer a glimpse of what's behind them.
In art and design, a door is an opportunity: It can be a surface to be embellished, a promise of what's to come, or a way to keep something hidden.
A door can also be a useful storage, organization, or utility device, when used creatively. In the new issue, we list 101 Organization and Storage Tips, including Seven Ways to Make a Door Work for You:
- Hang an "over the door" shelving unit to add instant storage and keep supplies in order.
- Clear plastic shoe bags that hang on the door can be installed in seconds and are perfect for stashing yarns and rubber stamps.
- Tack ribbon or trim to the door in a crisscross pattern to make a bulletin/inspiration board.
- A door makes a great ironing station, especially for a small space. Check online or at your local home store for fold-down boards that attach to a door.
- Or, turn a door into a pressing table by covering it with muslin and batting.
- Make a worktable or cutting area out of a hollow-core door placed on top of two sets of drawers.
- Put a door on the entrance to your studio and close it when you leave the room: Bye-bye mess!
In the current issue of Studios, you'll find some intriguing artists' doors, and in most cases, get a chance to see what's behind them.
To see what's behind all these doors–except for Kathy's secret cupboard, of course–check out the new issue of Studios.
Cate is soliciting for quilt and fiber art studios for the fall issue of Studios. So, if you'd like to share yours, send her three lo-res images and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And be sure to check out the studio video tours on the Quilting Arts Community.