OMG y’all! Look who popped her awesome head back into Offbeat Home & Life to share some of her old school goodness — it’s our founding editor, Cat Rocketship!
ON THE FLOOR is where it’s at.
I built my studio around a desk on the floor — my workspace, where I write and draw. I do most of my job at my desk.
I tried a drafting table. Finding it uncomfortable, I tried another drafting table.
I tried a child-sized desk (which is about my size because I am very short). I was unable to find a comfortable way to work in my studio.
I thought back to my office job, and to desks in previous studios, and realized I’ve never had a work station that was comfortable, allowed the space I needed, and aided my work.
So I moved everything out of my office, put my iMac on an over-turned basket, and sat on the floor.
It was perfect: I could spread my work out around me — draft drawings, markers and pens, works in progress — and sitting on the floor allowed greater leverage for me to really lean in over big drawings.
It’s been more than two years since I made my floor desk. I’ve arranged my studio around it. Crouching into my desk feels like sinking into a good couch. I feel relieved to come into my studio and flop at my desk and pick up the last project I left off (or browse Tumblr).
I use a backjack for support, hold a my keyboard and mouse on a lap desk, and my computer stands on a laid-down blueprint locker. When I draw I hold the sketchbook in my lap or on a clipboard. It all works pretty well.
Now I need to work on a better organizational experiment than “keeping things in vaguely related piles”…