This Is A Public Service Announcement

I got the assignment to do a rant on my blog from some other artists.
Well, I'm gonna rant about the state of my cellar workspace. It got to the point this past week that I just couldn't create anything in there! It's like someone coughed up fabric all over the place! Why do I let it get that way? Well, for one thing, I'm trying to wedge creativity in between parenting, caring for the house upstairs and another job. I create things in 20 -60 minute chunks. I need to allow larger chunks of time. For another thing, when I'm making a doll, I draper it with 1000 different pieces of fabric until I find the right one. And sometimes in the middle of The Draping the phone rings, it's time to pick someone up, etc. Also, I have a tendency to have 4 or 5 creations at different points. I like to try to keep them out so if I hit a wall on one I can just turn to the next one. Well, now I've explained the mess. But of course that doesn't clean up the mess!

Now, I don't believe you have to have a pristine studio, but at some point you need to move the tools for canning out of there. I have other people's sewing boxes in there for goodness sake! (Don't ask, that will be my next posting). I have to have the right ratio of chaos/cleanliness to create. To clean and I don't want to work because I don't want to make it dirty. Too dirty and it clogs the arteries of creativity. So here's what I'm going to do. Every time I walk into the workspace I'm going to spend 15 - 20 minutes just putting things to rights before I begin creating.

Remember, this is a public service announcement!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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