Monday, November 26, 2012

The Art of Organization

It's funny, how you can be really organized in one area, yet swimming (or sinking) in disorganization in another.  Like many creative types, I struggle with organization.  At our local Surface Design Association meeting a few months ago, we had the topic of Time and Studio Management.  We all brought photos of our studio in its current condition.  We even had a $20 prize for the local Quiltworks store where we meet for the artist with the messiest studio, to encourage people to really not clean up before our session.  Well, since I offered the prize, I didn't have to shell out any money when it was unanimously decided that my studio was the worst!  No, I'm not going to share those photos online at this time... maybe when I get to know you better.

On the other hand, I'm extremely organized in some areas... in setting and attaining goals; in developing organizational systems; in project management.  For instance, today I put together 3 different proposals for exhibition venues for the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA.)  Two were for well-known musuems and the third for a city hall gallery.  Putting together proposals such as these requires a lot of organizational skill.  You need to find their requirements and do your best to follow them explicitly.  You need a personalized cover letter, artist statement, biography, artist resume, and images of your work.  The images needed to be picked and formatted to each venue's specifications. I've been very successful with my exhibition proposals in the past and hope that I will be here again in the near future. (I'll let you know where the museums/galleries are if we secure them.)

This year I've made slow incremental progress in gaining control over some areas of my life.  First and foremost, I lost 30 lbs that had been slowly creeping on over the last few years.  Next, I've been keeping up with putting all my clothes away (anyone else have oodles of laundry?) and making sure to keep my closet cleaned up.  Then, I moved towards keeping the corner of my bedroom clean, where my books, quilt magazines, art projects and miscellaneous junk pile up from whatever I'm working on or reading before bedtime.  And now, I'm working on the studio. 

Part of my problem is that I'm blessed with a large home.  So, whenever I run out of space, I just move on and work in another area. I also love to work in the evening in front of the t.v.  However, theis requires bringing a bunch of things from my studio into our "adventure" room (family/tv room.) I also am one of those people who just love to learn new things.  So I have supplies for all of them.  I'm working now at developing a place for each type of supply... a drawer of thermofaxes, a bin for stabilizers, all my scissors put away in the same place, so I always know where to find things. 
The outside of the old fruit processing plant
But, again, you can only do so much cleaning and organizing until you are cutting into your art time.  Today, I did some dyeing-the wool Viking tunic my son made.  Too much time has been spent in front of a computer screen.  I never did claim that I was great on the time management side, now did I?

I promised a few days ago that I'd post some photos from the Mighty Tieton gallery.  Enjoy!

You walk through part of the old warehouse...
... and open the huge Cold Storage door

To a beautiful gallery space

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