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She majored in mathematics at Wake ForestUniversity in North Carolina, where she mether husband Brett. Both went into investmentbanking.Feeling burned out from 100-hour weeks of leveraged finance structuring and underwritingfinancing for oil companies for six years (duringwhich she earned an MBA), Hackshaw took athree-month leave of absence and never wentback. “It was kind of one of those ‘ah-ha!’moments where you’re like, ‘We have no lifebecause we work 24/7 and do we want to havekids? Do we want to have a life? Do we everwant to see each other?’” When the coupledecided to relocate to Palm Desert, the processtook only 30 days.Business is so good that Hackshaw’s items sellout immediately when posted online. Manyfriends have tried to persuade her to expand,but she resists. “I’m kind of at a point wherethe demand is there, but I can’t meet thedemand. Do I go any bigger? I kind of likehaving things like this where there’s not anyoverhead, I have it all in my control.”
Hackshaw’ssewing studio islocated in a casitawith a separateentrance,and is fullof shelves and binsthat are clearlylabeled.“I’m a pack rat.But I’m anOCD pack rat.Everything hasto have its place,has to be veryorderly.”
Ashley’sr craft studio and a sewing area reflect herpenchant for organization and accessibility.
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Streamlining Your Own Workspace
Rolling carts are helpful, especially for artists whomove between work areas.
Think ‘Double Duty.’
Artist Judith Marshall designed a couchthat’s 78 inches long by 36 inches deep, with a top that flipsover to become a work surface 38 inches high. It has flat filesunderneath the deck for drawings and paper. The cushions arecovered in the same canvas she paints on, and it is on industrialcasters so it is easy to move in the studio.
Do it yourself.
While built-in cabinetry is beautiful, it is easy tocreate functional workspace from simple materials. AshleyHackshaw and her husband created a sewing table from abroad countertop and industrial brackets attached to the wall
Put it away.
DeAnnLubell says that she finds ithard to function whenthings around her are notstored properly. Invest inmagazine holders, binders,color-coded file folders—whatever it takes toorganize and get rid of clutter. Ashley Hackshaw hangs itemsfrom walls and from under shelves to keep clutter at bay
Keep ‘em separated.
Drawer dividers are a must, whetheryou’re storing pens and paperclips or paintbrushes and pastels.
Within reach and view.
Keep your most frequently useditems within easy reach, and frequently called numbers on alarge bulletin board above your desk. Ashley Hackshaw keepsher most used items out in the openso precious creative time isn’t wastedlooking for them.
Marshall houses books andart magazines; Hackshaw stacks fabricsand books; Lubell accommodatespersonal photos, decorative items andbooks on bookshelves.
Collect storage itemsthat are unique to what you do. AshleyHackshaw uses cigar boxes to store various sewing materials andnotions, while Judith Marshall needs flat files for paper. DeAnnLubell finds three-ring binders invaluable.
Stick a label on it.
No matter what you use for storage,making a proper label for it helps you locate it at a glance.
Take it personally.
Just because you’re in a work spacedoesn’t mean that it has to be sterile. Even the smallest spacehas room for a personal touch such as a photograph of lovedones or an inspirational piece of artwork.
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Ashley Hackshaw and a few of her clothing designs.