Not outside, it’s vilely cold, but I feel within myself the irresistible twitchings of someone who wants/needs to do a little sorting out and organising.
I have fabric in several locations throughout the house, art materials too, and more materials in the garage. As I am on a mild mission to use what I have, rather than buy more, I thought I’d better reassess exactly what I do possess, and try at least to get things in vaguely the same location.
In short I was becoming irritated with a situation which throughout the winter hadn’t bothered me at all. This is the first sign of spring as far as I am concerned. No peace until it’s done, then.
I like tidy, but I’m not crazy, I will wallow in a little mess if I am working, but there comes a time when a good old sort out is very refreshing. I don’t have huge quantities of materials, but even so I own enough to make a lot of work; I don’t need more for a very long time, if ever. Going through fabrics and being quite tough about what to keep was the start, then deciding that I wanted to integrate 2 sets of drawers into one set. I went through some piles of stuff I had brought home when I left my studio, and decided what to do next with them, and sorted my art materials cupboard so I could actually see what was in it. I still have materials that I may never use, but I think it is good to edit as much as possible; it concentrates the mind, lightens you up and increases your creativity, which is strange, as the reason we buy a variety of media is to boost our creative possibilities.
So here is a little photo essay of tidying up. There was a good amount of rubbish at the end and a nice full bag to go to the charity shop.
It starts off in an orderly way, then rapidly disintegrates.
Old work; cut up or keep?
The first of many piles.
More piles, but the ‘interesting paper’ drawer is being organised, with ‘interesting papers’ being gathered from many places to all reside together.
Look at those neat piles; they are all in labelled bags now, in a box. As soon as they are taken out when I start some new work it will be a different story, but there we go.
More sorted piles. I have lots of computer prints I make from my work, which I print on papers and acetate, to use in books and collages. Too many really, but I love to print.
Work being sorted for future artist’s books. I had actually lost some of this, so finding it made the tidy- up even more worthwhile.
All my bondawebbed fabrics grouped, vaguely, by colour. The plan chest I bought last year is about the most useful thing I have ever owned, it swallows so much, and keeps it flat and tidy.
More drawer sorting.
All the potential book material in the plan chest, all together, amazing.
Introducing the second set of drawers to go through. I admit that although I did eliminate one set entirely, which I kindly donated to my husband’s little workshop [it’s full of such donations, no room to actually work in] I did have to introduce a ‘students’ box’ which is full of things I take to courses. It’s not in the house any longer though, so I think that counts.
More incredible tidiness.
Look at this cupboard. It has a few more rolls of fabric in now though, but at least they are in my work area rather than lurking upstairs behind the computer.
I keep my general threads in some rather nice little rattan drawers, so I don’t have many other types of thread; but even this lot managed to be in three separate places. Now they are altogether. I think my aim is to work eventually in just one medium; I am going in the opposite direction to that at the moment, with at least two new processes, dyeing and thermofax printing being added last year. Well, let’s just get on with it for a while and see what happens; at least I have a well sorted space in which to start new pieces, [and move on with one unfinished piece too, to be accurate] which is very cheering.