The problem with cleaning your studio is that it is comprised of a lot of small organizational tasks - little steps that, for the most part, don't amount to much until the whole studio is clean, everything has a place and everything is in its place. For me, I'm not so sure that everything will have a place. In the process of unearthing stuff, I found this empty box that I must have purchased for threads. So I took the time to fill it. In an artful way of course, colors matching, a pleasant composition (line, symmetry, repetition, balance). Making art while making order. I wish all of the tasks were as colorful and artistic.
This cleaning is step one of my return to the studio. I honestly have to say, that after 2+ years of neglect and piles/piles/piles, I can no longer function in there. And did I mention that it is in my bedroom? I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - the soon-to-be empty bedroom that will become my studio, but for now, it's still my bedroom.
I live in a 1930s east coast colonial but marvel of marvels, I have 2 walk-in closets in my bedroom. At least they were built as walk-ins. Until this month, I have not been able to walk into them. So far I can walk into one of them. It had 2 sets of stacking drawers and and 2 old cardboard boxes of papers. One was 99% kids school papers/letters/drawings, the other was a box of things I'd saved - you know the kind...magazine pages, ideas jotted down, snippets of poems, quotes, articles printed out from the Internet - all those things you think it's important to save because you might someday need them. I widdled that box down to a small stack and it was a lovely walk down memory lane.
Then I tackled the drawers. I bought these drawers probably 10 years ago when I first discovered rubber stamping. When we ALL discovered, or more properly, rediscovered it. I have quite a large stamp collection, many never used. I acquired and acquired before I learned something about myself. I don't like to use ready-made stuff. Other than alphabet stamps, I just never got into stamping. I love the designs, but they just never fit in to what I was doing. So here's the deal, dear readers...
As I clean, I am setting aside everything that I have accumulated other the years that I now know I will never use. It's all good stuff, primo, much of it. But over the last 10 years one of the (many) things I have discovered is myself - my artist self, my style. I now know what I like and what I will use. I need to clean out my space to make space, both physical and mental for new ideas, new paths, new art. Once I have gone through the majority of my stash I am going to create Treasure Boxes - whatever will fit into a Priority Mail flat rate box becomes a Treasure Box. There will be several, of that I am certain. I will try to theme them - dolls, angels, grunge, fabric, lace, vintage and new. Whatever, wherever the flotsom and jetsom leads. And there will be books. I have lots of books too. Perhaps a book in each box. We'll see. I'll be listing them on Ebay in the coming weeks and also having a blog giveaway (or two or three) so stay tuned. Things take a bit longer these days because I spend a lot of time staring at Riley.