- Today’s feature interview Art Studio Organizing with Joanne Davis-Woods is an Asheville Jeweler. I visited her studio (which she recently moved into in the midst of a metal fabrication studio) and interviewed her while in Asheville last month. I’m thrilled to share this sneak peek into Joanne’s studio and her process and creative space in this interview. These photo’s are not styled in any way, in fact she was not totally settled into her new studio so this is typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day.
Art Studio Organizing with Joanne Davis-Woods (see Part I)
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems? Do you consider yourself to be organized?
JDW:: I spent some years backpacking–you learn organization there! Then I spent some years working as a set painter in the film industry–we would go in and set up a shop in a day–then put together sub shops for locations. It had to be fast and complete and intuitive enough for a varied crew to find the tools and material needed. I got to see how various people went about this, what worked and what didn’t.
While I admire places organized to a T, i am just not that OCD, I am “moderately organized”.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
JDW:: I keep tools that are used together, stored together. and the more often they are used–the closer they are at hand. I have a lot of Altoid tins that I have paper labels on–I use then for components and to contain ongoing projects-I just cross off the previous title and add the latest contents name. I use the lids to larger tins in my drawers to give me layers of separation–it makes it easier to find things–and I can just pull out of tray of tools I need for a specific task. I also use larger tins (without lids) to organize things on shelves.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
JDW::Often after a big project; it is necessary, for my space and my brain. It gives me serenity and ideas.
HKPS::Is there anything you keep in your studio strictly for fun or inspiration? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
JDW:: I keep interesting metal artifacts and graphic art. I would not have a pet in my work space.
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
JDW:: Early in a project, as I am finding my way–things can layer and scatter all over. Then I end up spending time looking for something I just put down.
HKPS:: How much thought do you give to your artistic body of work in terms of historic value and the overall legacy you will leave behind? How do you store/archive your work or records?
JDW:: Something I have not considered!
HKPS::Sieze this moment, any of you reading this, it’s never to late to think about your legacy and what you will leave behind!
Thank you Joanne for for sharing a bit about your creative process and tips and advice from your studio space. Please check out more of Joanne’s work on her Facebook Page.
*The idea for the Inside the Artist Studio series began while attending an art retreat where I curiously observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. I’m very interested in sharing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
Is there a particular artist whose ‘Tool kit’ you would like to see featured? Leave a comment below and let me know!