- Category: In The Studio
- Published on Monday, 19 April 2010 12:25
At one time I considered becoming a professional organizer. You might not guess that if you walked into my house unannounced, but actually I only have a few trouble spots. The kitchen counter for one. It collects all the mail, newspapers, keys, and whatever other detritus comes through the door. I clear it off and within two days it looks like it did before. If you set something on that counter it will be covered up and lost within 20 minutes, as if disappearing into a black hole.
The next trouble spot is my office. Paper everywhere. Piles and piles of paper, all needing to be filed and organized. Come to think of it, most of it just needs to be shredded. This belies my true organized nature as I can lay my hands on anything on a moment's notice. Just don't move those piles 'cause then I really will be lost!
My studio is another chaotic looking space, but this is one place where I don't mind the mess. In fact it inspires me. The pictures and snippets pinned up on the wall are visual stimulation. The piles of fabric on my work table let me audition and see what I have to work with. The fabric scraps and threads piling up on the floor show me that I'm getting work done. I love the chaotic, messy character of a working studio. Mid-project is my studio at its messiest. I do reorganize it periodically, usually at the end of a project or at the end of the week. It's good to clear the space, and my thoughts, to create room for the next quilt.
As invigorating as the studio chaos is, the paper piles on my kitchen counter and desk can clutter my mind even when I'm not right there looking at them. Today I will tackle that clutter so I can re-enter my studio with a clear head for art - then let the chaos ensue!
Until next time -