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!


MaryAnn said...

I have 3 work stations crammed into one room so I can do the same thing. It is great to be able to stop and pick up something else when a wall is hit. BUT it does mean clutter comes quickly. I also don't work once it gets to messy.

Sam I Am said...

dontcha wish we had clones that followed behind us and picked up and put things away as we finished with them?? lol
love your 'rant' this week... glad to know that we all share this problem :)

Dixie Redmond said...

Well, I do have 4 dolls in process. So the cleaning actually helped. But I didn't really get it to a pristine condition and it gets messy easy! I think we all need a Scraps Fairy that would take all the threads and little pieces and make something wonderful out of them for US. :-)

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

John Wooden