Bins! I don’t even want to tell you how many bins my boyfriend (an MFA photographer/bookbinder) own. It’s embarrassing. But we have a clear bin for everything and it keeps our supplies organized and out of the way (although the stacks of bins are getting dangerously high and thus they might start to get in the way when they tip over).
My desk is large but never large enough. Things constantly pile up and get in the way or get lost in the mess. It’s terrible! My new trick is that every night when I’m done working, I take a few minutes to put thing away, throw away scraps, and all-around tidy up. That way when I sit down the next morning, I’m focused and ready to start. I also take a longer time on Sunday at the end of the day to dust the desk/wash off the ink stains, and give it a good clean. This really helps me from getting distracted later on when I don’t want to do something and dusting suddenly seems like the most pressing issue of the day.
Natural all the way! Only, when the sun comes down then I have to turn on the lights. But they’re Day-glo bulbs so there’s not much difference.
I always make sure the inspiration board above my desk is full of fun pictures and postcards and little notes telling myself my goals and dreams. It never fails to get me going on a new project and it helps remind me why I’m trying to make a living for myself through my artwork. I also have a picture of myself when I was little on my desk. Underneath the photo I wrote a quote by William Blake, “If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.”
I’ve found a incredible increase in my creativity ever since I bought my own desk and set up a little niche in the kitchen/dining room. I now have room to move around and jump from project to project, without my roommates telling me to move my stuff off the kitchen table. It also establishes my efforts as part of something bigger: my business. I feel more sure of myself and take greater risks with my artwork, knowing that “I’m a professional, I can fix anything!” It’s a great mentality to have (although it can sometimes lead to a bad end when an experiment goes terribly wrong).
Thank you Megan!
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