I have a metal pedal car with a 31 inch Han Solo action figure parked alongside my bench. To some people, that is going to seem a bit strange. To me, it's hilarious and makes me laugh when I am stressing out about a project. The various action figures I have collected since I was a kid line the shelves on the opposite wall. My grandfather's hand built desk is now in place across from my bench and atop it are Star Wars mugs filled with pens and pencils, trinkets from friends and a blue picture frame that matches absolutely nothing except for the denim shirt worn by the person I'm standing next to in the framed photo.
I think most artists want to be taken seriously for their craft. I know I do. However, I don't take myself too seriously and try to enjoy the funnier things in life. That is amply reflected in my unusually decorated workspace and my quirky personality. The older I get, the more I realize the ever changing journey in adulthood of becoming comfortable in one's skin. (Even if it's the nerdy skin of an introvert whose comfort zone of odd always seems to be a surprise to people). It's possible to do serious, focused work in a place that is not so serious. And, for that, I feel thankful and blessed.