Watercolor: Jan Ledbetter's Well-Organized Work Space

0612ledbtease4_600x348_2In the winter 2007 issue of Watercolor, Jan Ledbetter combined watermedia and collage to create paintings in which her creativity could flourish. Here, we examine her well-organized work space.

by Lynne Moss Perricelli

Ledbetter worked with a carpenter to design a studio that allows her to maximize her work space. Four six-foot doors arranged in a U-shape and secured to the wall are supported by metal filing cabinets to create four separate workstations. Vinyl wallboard, such as that for a bathroom, fit on top of the doors. For storage, Ledbetter uses the three metal filing cabinets plus plastic storage bins that roll under work areas. A taboret holds mat-cutting materials, and two wooden cubes fitted with metal racks contain the 22"-x-30" watercolor paper. Color-corrected fluorescent lighting is over the work areas, as well as track lighting and Solatube lighting. A mat cutter, mounted onto a panel, is attached with piano hinges to the back of the wooden storage cubes. Folding legs attached to the panel open to support the mat cutter. Industrial carpet covers the floor, along with a protective mat.

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Collage papers are stored in clear-plastic zippered blanket and sweater bags on the floor. A mat cutter (on left) folds flat against storage cubes. Opened mat-cutting table is hinged to back of storage cubes. Workstations made from doors supported by metal filing cabinets.

To read the feature article on this artist, check out the winter 2007 issue of Watercolor today!

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