When we asked Charlene Gary about her career as an artist, she politely corrected us and said she was more of a maker. She says she has been since she was a kid. “I don’t think of myself as an artist so much. I like to make things, to create something from nothing,” she explained. For Charlene, pursuing her creative instinct has been a nights and weekends endeavor, as it is for a lot of people with a 9 to 5 job. While her passion is big, Charlene’s living space is small so she turned a spare room into a studio and often finds herself losing track of time once the design process gets rolling.
She begins the creative process with a single material. Say, for example, a washer. From there, she figures out as she goes how to transform it into something wearable and functional. Helping her keep track of each step in between is where IdeaPaint comes in. On any given day, doodles of ideas in various stages of development go up on her IdeaPaint door. Hours later they’ve morphed into a sketch, along with a schedule on when each step, from wiring to soldering, should be completed
She describes having a dry erase marker in hand almost constantly – or at least within reach! “It is so much fun for me to take one thing and make it into something totally different, but just as great and functional. It saves money, for one thing, keeps me from being wasteful as I reuse a lot of my materials in other things, and it keeps my mind active. I don’t ever want to grow stagnant and stale, so keeping my brain working is important to me!”
After seeing a few of Charlene’s photos, we’re convinced that there is no better place to exemplify IdeaPaint’s space saving powers than her home studio. If you’re using IdeaPaint to channel your own personal creativity from your home, let us know and you could be up next here on the blog!artist, designer, Etsy, Home, home office, IdeaPaint