Creative Space

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Chaos in my mind (before feng shui, 2017).

When was the last time you showed your creative space some TLC?

Since rearranging my own studio last year, I took it for granted that all would be well in my creative world. And it was for a few months.  With it almost tidy and organised it felt like a breath of fresh air, and inspiration had room to play.

At the moment, my own messy studio is a reflection of me – a chaos of ideas I want to cling onto, just in case. Fabric and yarn donations that I’ve welcomed with open arms, just in case.  They’re stored on the floor because I haven’t found space for them.  And boxes.  Good sturdy cardboard boxes, just in case.

But, as much as we should take care of ourselves, we should take care of our creative space. Show we appreciate it supporting us through peaks and troughs, and it will continue to provide the breathing space for our crazy ideas and inspired thoughts.  If we keep the path clear we might even get to see the next stage of our journey, too.

WordPress prompt: Messy

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Less is More

So far this month I’ve parted company with more items of clothing than I’ve gotten rid of in the past few years.  And I’ve rediscovered more too.

We’ve all heard the suggestion that we only wear a small proportion of our wardrobe a large proportion of the time (and until recently that applied to me too).  But with a recent wardrobe refresh (prompted by the discovery of holes in a few of my merino wool jumpers), I’m gaining a new perspective on everything I have and how things can be combined in ways I’d never previously imagined.

At the moment, my creative energy is directed towards my inner architect as I scrutinise the clothes I own and the outfits I pull together (and any damage that can or can’t be repaired).  I’m challenging myself to wear things I haven’t worn for a while, and questioning the point of hanging onto ‘vintage’ stuff when I just won’t wear them again.  (They’re off to charity, by the way.)

Dressing up or down at the start of the day is a joy I look forward to, and I have an inkling this new approach to decluttering will not be restricted to my wardrobe.

WordPress prompt: Inkling

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All for One?

I’m almost done.  My casual winter wardrobe is set aside, and I’m reviewing a few other items that I haven’t worn for a while.  The rest will have to wait until spring beckons.

Focusing in on just one project isn’t such a bad idea.  I see that now.  Picking a wardrobe category and giving it my full attention has helped me get close to this particular finish line.  But I’m not sure whether I could approach my creative work in the same way.

  • How do I balance building my technical skills with the joy of exploring an illustration or design project?
  • What if I get stuck?
  • How do I make the smooth transition from one finished project to a brand new one?

Seeing how my wardrobe has benefited from my (almost) undivided attention, I’m sure my sketchbook would appreciate some quality time with me, too.

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Small Packages of Joy

Sometimes it’s the small things that have the biggest impact.

A few weeks’ ago I rearranged my sock and undies drawers, having borrowed Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy from my local library.  The title intrigued me.  And The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up (also by Kondo) was on loan.

In summary, you decide what to keep, rather than what to part with; then store it away neatly in little rolls or packages of joy.  In my opinion (and depending on the garment), a few choice folds works fine, but if you have time to roll, roll away.  Nevertheless arranging them upright and by colour is genius, and a delight to look at.

Now that the inhabitants of my small items drawers are easy to see and select, I’m more thoughtful about what I wear every day.  Not only have I discovered that I own more pairs of opaque purple tights than I thought I did, my confidence has had an unexpected boost, as has my creative energy.

WordPress Prompt: Inhabit

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From Chaos to Calm

Three things I’ve learned this week:

  • Feng Shui helps you plan your creative space more creatively
  • Decluttering is much easier when you take things out of context
  • Completely rethinking how you use large and small spaces is re-energising

Over the last two weeks I have rearranged my studio space twice.  Well, most of it.

I hadn’t stepped into my studio for weeks, except to open/close the curtains and dump stuff on my desk, and I didn’t have the energy or drive to do anything about it.  My headspace felt cluttered too, and I started to question what life would feel like if I gave up my art altogether.

Then this blog post from Anna Mason popped into my inbox. And a little research into Feng Shui for creative spaces took me to this gem of a post on Rogue Habits.  It’s a work in progress, but here’s my new studio layout:

Studio Calm

I was unsure about pushing my desk up to a wall, but the move to Abundance and Prosperity promised more of an adventure than infinite self-discovery in Wisdom and Self-Awareness.  Plus, the view of our back garden was a distraction when my desk was in the middle of the floor.  I’m now sitting in the most Eastern (and auspicious) point of our home, and there’s a mirror on my desk so I can see opportunity (and Mr C) approach.  There’s still lots of clutter to deal with (currently residing in our living room) but I’m already feeling brighter and creative ideas keep popping into my head.

I’m still not sure whether I believe in Feng Shui, but if it works, who am I to judge?

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