Summer is on it's downward swing already, days getting shorter as we're headed to my most favorite season of all, Autumn.
This month, instead of just a string of new work, I wanted to share a few images and thoughts with you about something I think is often misrepresented in the art/craft/maker world.
The creative workspace.
In this internet age of "lifestyle blogs" where people do their best to present their life, their travels, their world, their day to day activities as an unending stream of peaceful moments and perfectly placed home bliss. I'd like to offer the artist/maker-in-waiting, a slightly different viewpoint. . .
THIS is what my work table looked like one day last week, as it does most days.
|An average workday of projects old and new, many in process and this is a LIGHT day! Includes paints, files, craft wood, brushes, and two drawers filled with miscellaneous magic.|
|Every surface I work upon is speckled with paint, or patina or clay!|
|A separate work area for sculpting-in-progress and tools. That is the potted Medieval Walled Village in it's beginning stages front and center. You can see the final piece below.|
There is never a day where the tables are clean or neatly arranged. Not totally. An organized chaos is as close as I get.
The point I want to make is this. If you want to be maker of things, a painter, a sculptor, a writer, a woodworker. Whatever it is. It's going to be a life and pursuit filled with messes. Some literal and some figurative. Too many people, I believe, let the fact that they don't have the "right space" or enough space, keep them from moving forward.
There is such a desire in life to present the picture perfect side of ourselves but ART, my dears, in any form, is found mostly in and thru the messes. Not in the perfection.
So set your life up to allow for and accommodate the messes. That "studio" you see in the above pictures takes up what would be the living room/dining room of our place. What would be our "spare" bedroom is the packing and shipping room and is wall to wall packing materials, wash tape, glue dots, paper cutters, metal shelves, boxes, tissue papers, bubble wrap and another shipping work table too.
I know people who have tucked their art away for years because the thought of taking a room in their house to dedicate to it is unthinkable. "Where would guests stay?" "Where would we eat or watch tv?" Well, our guests have to sleep on a fold-out couch (which is crammed between the work space AND a FULL SIZED, 4 heddle, weaving loom!) and we crammed a tiny pub table in between all the work spaces for ourselves to eat our meals at. We don't have dinner parties and we don't have a bedroom for long term guests. Those are the sacrifices we made. And might I remind you, we do this full time.
In a world where people are more and more given to trying to present their lives, their homes, their every waking hour as an instagram moment. . . we offer you the unending reality of creative MESS.
A creative Etsy friend of mine calls herself a "maker-of-messes". And I like that very much.
Here's to the mess-makers!! The "perfect" ones in my book!
And here are a few new work photos including the potted Medieval Walled Village! Enjoy!
|The timbering is all done by hand, tiny strip by tiny strip!|
|I don't make these often but oh I DO love them when done!|
|A traditional Slavic amulet but a little stylized my own way!|
|A new addition to Shadow of the Sphinx. My own design, not taken from an ancient example.|
|Ram headed ancient Egyptian deity Khnum. Another favorite to create.|
|This was FUN! A custom request for an Edgar Allan Poe mini tombstone with a raven!|