I’m reorganizing my work spaces to make room for new ideas. To help with my creative space at home I’m referring to the book, Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women, by Jo Packham. Many of these women have turned their ideas into products, businesses, stores. Reading the pages, dissecting the pictures, I’m ready to get serious and to redefine where I want to go this year and the next. From the foreword of the book I quote: “So whether you work from your kitchen table, a home studio, or a full-scale production facility, it comes down to one thing: you must make a choice to listen to and honor the creativity inside of you”. I am ready to listen.
Question: How do I create best? Visual and intuitive, I need to see my supplies out in the open.
Next question: Where to begin? Gathering from around my house, I’ve filled glass jars with beads, buttons, rocks, sea glass, shells etc. I’ve been filling gauze wine bags with light supplies like tinsel and hanging in the open. Several bulletin boards, desk, work tables, are being arranged and rearranged to find what speaks best and loudest to me. January is the main month to revamp my space, however, there has to be a system to keep control the rest of the year. I’m working on that too!
Ranging from a portable studio that only comes out several months a year to a fully designed professional business workplace, the women in the book have found ways to live a creative life. Luckily right now, I have a separate space. Divided into work stations, there’s one for paper/book binding, one for painting, one for writing, and one for crafting. I’m ready to take my artistic ideas to another level. Ideas are becoming product lines, supplies are at hand, the piles of papers are dwindling. January is about organizing, but also about focusing, reinventing, and visualizing.