|Main portion of my upstairs workspace|
And that space is absolutely crammed full of stuff! No doubt you have your own crazy full stash, a conglomeration of art supplies that seems to have a life of its own. Perhaps all that stuff you've collected is actually working against you. Today's edition of Lost Coast Studio Saturday is all about making that stash inspirational again.
Last year, I vowed to dramatically decrease the amount of money I was spending on supplies and overall, I did just that. The endless cycle of search, shop, and stash is beginning to break down and as a result, I discovered that I felt more relaxed in my space, more creative, more productive. So as 2011 begins, I thought about ways to access the stuff I already own. Here's some ideas for a "studio reboot":
- Change up your organizational strategy. If you typically file by designer, try sorting by color or theme instead.
- If there is a specific theme you find yourself repeatedly drawn to, create a box just for it, and cull all areas of your studio for stuff that supports that obsessive interest. I am particularly drawn to the Zetti aethestic so I have a "Zetti" workbox that holds all the papers, ribbons, and embellishments I think fit into that description.
- Dig through your current system and rediscover what you own. I guarantee you'll find stuff that you forgot you purchased.
- Freshen up your inspiration board: Pull out those newly unearthed embellishments that wowed you in the store so long ago and pin them up!
- Shuffle your supplies. Move things currently on the top shelf down to eye level and vice versa. If there are things you'd like to use but you have to get up and fetch them, shift those goodies so they are within arm's length.
- Change the way you display and/or store. Remember that out of sight often means out of mind!
- Once a week (or month) revisit techniques and/or supplies you've shifted out of focus due to time constraints, competing interests, an evolving style, or overwhelmed brain cells.
- Re-evaluate supplies and tools that you used covet. For example, I used to be in love with eyelets. However, I haven't set an eyelet in anything for as far back as I can remember. Browse the internet and see what artists are doing now with the things you once adored. If your creative juices don't begin to boil with renewed enthusiam, it might be time to find those supplies a new home.
- Get rid of supplies you really aren't going to use again. Sell your destash items on Ebay, Etsy, Artfire or your blog. Or donate those supplies to a school art program or a women's shelter that offers creative classes to its clients. (Better yet: offer to teach a class at that shelter and use those supplies to fuel your endeavor.)