My Out of Shape Studio. (Part 1)

I am on a mission to reclaim my lost creative mojo.193092-Metal Clay Art_selected-pages-2_Page_1

, right before my eyes a year (or more) has passed without me being in my studio working on jewellery. It’s been a year of ups and downs…many more downs than ups and I guess working in my studio didn’t seem important, or I wasn’t motivated. Whatever the reason, here I am standing in the door of my dusty and very messy studio. Amazing how this space became a “dump zone” so quickly. I love the light in here and the smell of my art supplies. But this is as far as I ever seem to get with reclaiming my studio. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff, stale ideas and stuff…. I usually just sit here and contemplate renting a huge container and taking every last item out of the studio and only putting back what I really need. But as I look around, I’m not sure what I need. It’s been too long.

Pushed with a deadline of making a special gift for my son’s first communion…I worked on a small cross on my desk in my office—and fired the piece in the kiln in my studio. Maybe the only “things” I really need to keep in my studio are the items that I dug out and brought into my home office? cross

As I ponder the idea taking “before” photos for a future update on the status of my lost mojo and messy studio, I’ll leave you with a link to a super article, “Clean Your Studio, Heal Your Artself!” by Ann Robinson Davis. (Click on the image of the magazine page above to go to the entire article! Re-reading it again I feel motivated to get my studio back in shape!)





19 Responses to “My Out of Shape Studio. (Part 1)”

  1. Anne Marie Elias

    I am in the same boat. I spent a lot of money on things to set up a studio, then health problems and lack of ambition everything sat for 2 years. Spider webs and mildew took hold. About a month ago I decided that I need to learn and do so I have been working on cleaning up. I marched right up to the mildew and kicked it right out! (the spider webs too – shudder) I am now working on getting organized (while working on learning!) I will take a photo and send it to you. (promise tomorrow) now if I can only get motivated to work on my scrapbook room! Now there is the catch all!

  2. Kate Schroeder

    Because you shared the condition of your studio, it got a lot of us to consider our own. There are always things to improve upon, even in tidy studios. Efficient placement of tools comes hurling at me.

  3. You are not alone. My studio is also my guest bedroom. Before Christmas last year I packed all my supplies up in a big hurry. Then after the holidays, my life had some of those “ups and downs”. Now I want to work again, but each time I look at the jumbled mess I made just jamming stuff in plastic tubs, I get depressed. I think Ann is right, it will be good for my “artself” to get to work. I’ve penciled myself in this weekend. Thanks.

  4. Deborah

    My 81 year old Dad’s home flooded in Wimberley Texas–(he was above the 500 yr flood level).
    Cleaning all the wet stuff out of his home helped all my family realize all the stuff we have that we can turn loose of…has motivated me to pare back, clean out, throw away, so the important things are visible, usable, and front and center in my life.

  5. Katie Hanrahan

    I am in the same place right now! Took some classes at Bead & Button a few weeks ago and that has got me motivated to clean up & get going! I love Ann’s idea of penciling yourself in on your calendar. Going to have to do that!

      • OMG! You are speaking directly to me! I have been in a state of artistic paralyses since my sister passed away suddenly/traumatically 4 years ago and my studio reflects it! All manner of things have been collecting there – – mostly stuff that has inspired me to make things that have never come to fruition. I recently told myself “It’s time to start cleaning up and out” and opened up cabinets full of dyes, paints, stamps home-made and store bought, all manner of brushes and tools, books, a wall of boxes devoted to color coded beads, endless files of “inspiration” and drawings – – all collected over 40+ years of careers as a painter and illustrator, surface and textile designer, beaded jewelry designer, glass artist and most recently designer of metal clay jewelry. And it’s a total jumble now because as I’ve started going through the old files there are papers, articles, drawings and books lying around everywhere. The feeling is “just throw it all out” but I can’t! I need to look at every last item and remember my old self and think about why I kept it, what it meant to me and what it inspired before I decide to toss or keep it. The task seems endless – – but the results will be liberating, I know. I just wish I could move a little more quickly.

        • Oh wow Judy, thank you for sharing your story. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your studio and see all of the things you are going through and sorting. I am finding that process to be the most debilitating. I start it, stop. Leave the pile to “deal with later”…and then I don’t. I shove the stuff in a bin or a box… Ann Davis’ article is the first time I’ve had someone articulate that it is okay to mourn your old ideas and then let them go. I’ve started to read a book by Marie Kondo…the Japanese organizer. Now I need to see what items “spark joy” as opposed to bring back a memory or a time or of an idea.

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