"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Virginia Woolf
“Women need a space to be creative -- creativity thrives in solitude.” SARK
|I can't imagine a more inviting scene: calm dog, sunlight streaming in... (all the clutter is out of this view. )|
Virginia Woolf penned that famous line 86 years ago. And while the status of women's culture is much improved in regards to education, voting... the quote still resonates with me. I have a room, where I can create in solitude, and abandon. I can make a mess and not clean it. I can leave work strewn about until the Muse returns to guide my hands. My studio is more than a room though. Its a sanctuary, a safe haven, a hide out. Its a treasure trove of gems and art supplies to rival a dragon's hoard. Its filled with memories and potential, and its 100% me.
We have been discussing workspaces of late on the blog, cleaning, organizing... and I was sadly missing mine. Before summer I was working in THIS studio a few days a week, alternating with the ceramics studio; achieving a creative balance so to speak. Then an intensive teaching and show schedule, and a bout of sick derailed me. Wednesday and Thursday this week I was back in the studio. Oh how I missed it!
|Vignettes and a WIP: Beads by Susan and Karen nestled in a teacup, my abandoned daily art journals, new materials to play with from ICE Resin, a beaded bezel in progress, seals and mermaid treasure waiting their turn.|
I started to panic. WHAT was I going to work on?! WHERE to start? SO MANY things I want to do/try/finish/start/create.... I started with cleaning a little. It was so nice to BE in the studio that I relaxed into the small chores. I am organized, a Virgo trait I embrace, and it makes me feel calm and receptive, ready... when things are put away and I have space to work. Its cathartic.
|Antique watch crystals. Vintage images. Polymer. Stay tuned for BeadFest 2015|
This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find nothing happens there. But, if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen. (Joseph Campbell)
|The gorgeous kiln bounty from the wood fire. Shrines awaiting interior elements.|
|Recognize the adorable critters from Rebekah? Mixed media pocket shrines inspired by her beads.|
Room service? Send up a larger room. (Groucho Marx) (See video at end of post)
An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. (Leonardo da Vinci)
|I think it wants to be a wall hanging, Lesley. With cobalts and iridescence, and stars and swirls.|
So tell me -
Do you have a room of your own? A space for creativity? Solo space? Shared space? And how often do you get to go there?!
I leave you with a song by the White Stripes. A tiny little song, but its so true! Give it a listen - Im off to the studio!