http://www.judyfolkenberg.com/ (my art website)
My studio was a mess and I couldn’t find anything. Pieces of driftwood lay scattered in different boxes. Cabinets held items I hadn’t looked at for months. Plastic containers were not labeled so I had little idea what they held. And items that should have been grouped together were scattered all over the place.
Chaos had taken over and the making of art slithered to a back seat…because I didn’t know what I had, or where it was. While the necessary job of cleaning up and organizing seemed onus at first, I soon took delight in the task because it became a treasure hunt. I discovered dandy pieces of wood that would great book covers. Bird and wasp nests (wasps feed on nectar and make ‘paper’ nests by mixing saliva and wood fibers) gave me new ideas for using in book art and art in a box. Misshapen pieces of driftwood offered endless possibilities.
It took a little over a week, before order gradually took over. Boxes were labeled and put on shelves. “Like-minded” items were put together and stored in a logical manner. Debris was blown out of the studio doors with my trusty leaf-blower. To free up counter space, I hung as many items as possible on nails pounded into the wall.
Yes, a studio is a place to make art, but it is also a sacred spot for artists. Or as Joseph Campbell says: “To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today… This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find nothing happens there. But, if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.” (Joseph Campbell) .
My studio is a place for my spirit to breathe and it has be neat and organized for my spirit to truly breathe!
(Top photo shows before and after photos of my studio.)