Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Studio Spring Cleaning

This year, 
gentle reader ...
I told you that I would let you
see what really goes on in the studio

however boring or uninteresting that might be...

I often feel that there is some kind of romantic association with being an artist..
as if all our days are spent creating..
that couldn't be further from the truth..
often they are spent on the computer, or in another mundane task..
totally unrelated to the creation process..

Last week, (yes all week) I undertook my yearly
 Spring Cleaning..
it is one of the ways that I honor the 
Vernal Equinox..
the other is planting ...
and at this time of year, the garden is serious competition for the studio..

but that is another story, for another day..

So I set about to cleaning my zinc drawers..
organizing all my sewing equipment..

and below, dusted..
(once a year, whether they need or not)
and rearranged everything on the shelving unit.. 

I sorted all my tissue paper and separated it 
by solid color and print..
I have no idea how they always manage to co mingle..
little devils..

and grouped all my journals..

Are you exhausted yet?
time for a tea break.. I am sure...

Then I began work on papers..
removing smaller antique papers and images..
leaving the larger ones in the flat file..

and organizing all my wrapping papers..
wrestling the smaller rolls into a square basket..
so that the larger rolls do not beat them up..

such bullies..

I tore the covers off old books
and I am saving them for another book cover series..
I love the way they look..
ruffled edges and foxed pages..

and then I waded through all my wicker trunks..
all three of them..
and divided all the loose papers and sifted through them
until I had them all neatly arranged and

The fabrics, lace and ribbons,
took a day to untangle..
how does one attract so many bits?

but I am happy to say I am down to 3 bins..
my magic number..

The pens were much more fun..
I checked each and everyone and only had two bags to sort..
and I only lost three...

 that number of spring time 
and new beginnings...

The only thing left is paint..
I wonder how many are completely dried out??

I just need two people to assist me..
I will provide tea..

after all ...
three is the magic number...
wink, wink..



Hastypearl said...

Totally feel your pain. My studio makeover went on for weeks. Glad we are both done, now, if we can just maintain it🌻🌻Nice to think we were doing the same things...Laura

Caterina Giglio said...

Well, I am a weird kind of organizational nerd, so I like it Laura, but I wait all year to do it!! It would probably be easier if I did it with some regularity!! x

froebelsternchen said...

Well done! Wow! So well organized all now! Congrats!
oxo Susi

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susi!! Thank you so much, I am so happy it is finished and now I can get to work!! xox

Randi Kuhne said...

Even your cleanup is an inspiration! I’m about to tackle mine....

tgarrett said...

Cat- so amazing you do that- I have tried for years to organize my collage fodder- but just end up having it a box so I can rummage through. I just did my paint and that was a chore- mine isn't a spring cleaning as it is deciding what I will move and what I will give away or get rid of or in many cases throw out dried up paint. (how does that happen LOL) As alway thanks for sharing. xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I would gladly come and help rifle through your paints. I think it would be fun and a welcome experience to be with you in your studio. I lay all my acrylic bottles on their sides, so I see how much is left. I keep my fluid acrylics separate and upright. I was quite impressed with the way you sorted your supplies. That process seems to work for you. I think you have a fabulous amount of pens. I was most impressed by how you sorted your journals, too. Simply delighted you shared this with us.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Randi!! good luck with it, only took me a week.. but all done and now I can create!!x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Terry, I understand exactly I moved four times in the last 7 years.. so I down sized each time I moved and my studio got smaller. It is agonizing and trying to decide what direction to take to accommodate studio shrinkage.. well that has been interesting!! I am so glad you liked the post.. and thanks for commenting, dear friend! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E! so happy you enjoyed the post, it was a lot of work, but well worth it and now it won't take so long to put my hands on what I want! Yes come by anytime you want would love to have tea with you, and sorry I missed it this week at your place, I promise to stop by shortly!! x

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