Does your craft or hobby room look anything like this? Heck, maybe it should! The photo above is from Jay Walker’s personal library, designed to encourage creativity and imagination. The internet entrepreneur’s private library contains 3,600 sq. ft and three levels of the rare and unusual, according to Wired Magazine.
Rather than simply setting aside a room in his home for the library, Walker designed the house around his library. This is his artistic center, his inspirational haven, his imagination port. Here, one is completely surrounded by collectables and informational materials which changed the ways people think.
On one wall, you’ll find a framed napkin from 1943, on which President Franklin D. Roosevelt sketched out his plan to win World War II. On the table is a 300 million-year-old raptor skeleton, posed next to a field tool kit from the Civil War. Across the room sits a tree-bark Indonesian guide to basic cannibalism, with a Middle Eastern stone goddess figure from 5000 BC resting on top. And let’s not forget Sputnik, which is hanging gracefully from the ceiling.
But Walker doesn’t collect rare and valuable items just for the sake of doing so. Many of the books in his library are reprints, and many of the strange items in his library are too unusual to be worth much to other collectors. Rather, Walker prefers to collect objects that changed how people think about the world around them. His philosophy is if so many advancements can be made in human thought within our existence on this earth, then anything is possible.
Walker made his fortune by founding Walker Digital, a company which turns out ideas and patents, best known for the popular Priceline.com. And while a three story craft studio might be a bit out of most artisans’ budget constraints, everyone can learn a thing or two from Walker’s library. Many crafters place their art space in a tiny corner of their house, pushed away from central living areas. What does this signal about their hobby? That it is just a hobby, rather than a way of life. While people often balance crafting in with family, work, and a social life, generally it is craft projects that take the smallest priority. Take a few tips from Walker, don’t push your interests and passions off to the side. Give them the appreciation they deserve, and take your crafts seriously!