So....with the arrival of spring I find myself working more and more in the sun room. For one thing it's warm enough now to spend time in this unheated space and for another I've been adapting my creative set up a bit. Cosmetically it appears nothing more than a swap out of knick knack accoutrements...a different painting, an alternate table runner, and some new fillers for the jars. At least that's what I intended to show. But then, last Monday I read a new post by Austin Kleon called Show Your Work and it made me stop and think. I've been thinking ever since.
I've been thinking about Kleon's reference to "authenticity."
I've been thinking about the past.
I've been thinking about the future.
I've been thinking about the way I create,
the way I blog,
and the way I keep house.
I've been thinking about doing less,
and doing what's fun.
And weirdest of all I've been thinking about this space.
Everyday when I step out here to "work" it looks like this.
Several hours into the process it's a shambles...thread tails and scrap clippings, tea cups and crumbs, piles and puddles galore.
everyday before I step out of this space I tuck it all away and it looks like this once again.
Well it's certainly NOT because I want the room to be company ready 24/7!
Nope, with dear hubby's cubby on the opposite wall such a feat would be near impossible as his creative station is a continual "work in progress."
Inspirational reference lies within easy reach...
and pastels are always at hand...
which allows him to dabble at this...
and that in a moment's notice.
By comparison my space seems nothing more than a collection of supplies neatly stored,
A place for everything and everything in its place is all well and good, but I'm thinking it might not be enough. It's stifling to creativity and limiting to blog postings. The showing of supplies is nothing more than a projection into the future while the reveal of finished pieces is a retelling of the past (at least for me it is.) I'm missing the immediacy of last year's "Made" project. Looking back it was fun and it helped to keep my focus on the moments at hand....something that very well might be worth revisiting in some way. Not in terms of "Made" and definitely not with the daily obligation but perhaps along the lines of Kleon's "show your work."