Thursday’s Inside the Studio is a new feature that was my brainchild way back in August of 2011 while I was attending Penland. There are a lot of studio features but here I’m specifically interested in showing how organizational process influences the artists studio work.
There is no one solution to all organizing challenges and one person’s messiest day may be another person’s neatest! If the system you have is working for you then there should be no shame or judgement. These photo’s are not styled or changed in any way from how the artists studio looks on any given day. I arrive having requested that they not clean up before hand (just like I ask my clients). This series highlights how artist REALLY work rather than showing the STYLED shots so popular in home and organizing magazines and blogs. I’m sure just like me, you will be fascinated by the “behind the scenes” sneak peek into these artists working lives!
I’m launching this feature with a local (and Native) fiber artist Kristy Bishop, because Fibers are near and dear to me. I learned about her work through teaching classes at Spacecraft Studio. Kristy is the 2013 Artist in Residence for the city of North Charleston! She began working in Fibers a year after graduating from CofC with a BA in Painting but she always had an interest in Fibers (her Grandmother is a seamstress!). Her work has gradually shifted from being image based to being color driven. She envisions each piece and works with natural dyes, experimenting to get just the right values to create her silk assemblages.
I met Kristy at both her home and residency studio spaces (she’s only been in this space for 2 months). She shared with me some of the ways in which organization/organizing affects the creative process and outcome or her art making.
HKPS::Have you always known you were an artist?
HKPS::What mediums do you work with?
KB::textiles (silk mostly) and dyes (natural).
HKPS::Where do you make Art and how big is your studio?
KB::Studio’s Inside and outside my home, about 350 sq ft total.
Kristy’s Residency Studio where she does her natural dyeing
Kristy’s Home Studio where she does most of her sewing & assembly
HKPS::Do you consider yourself to be an organized person?
KB::Yes, I’ve learned this behavior over time.
HKPS::How or where did you learn your organizing habits and systems?
KB::I use to be quite disorganized and have learned from my own mistakes.
HKPS::Does your artwork/style tend to be cyclical in terms of being neat vs. disorganized? What are your observations about the process?
KB::I always start my projects with a clean space but if I have a lot of work going on at once for shows etc things can get out of control for a time.
HKPS::Do you ever have problems locating specific materials you want to use?
KB::Yes, mostly this is because I work between two studio’s and am always in transit.
HKPS::Do you purge or declutter your supply stash on a regular basis (due to space or other constraints)?
KB::Yes, about once a month because too much clutter inhibits inspiration.
HKPS::What creative cycles of organization/dis-organization affect your process?
KB::I try to keep things tidy as I work but a bit of a mess is part of the process.
HKPS::Do you have any systems, tools or tips for staying organized you would like to share?
KB::I use my smart phone to make lists (supplies, to do etc) and I use Google Calendar to keep track of dates and deadlines. I clean up after each project but leave out what I’m using in the midst because I don’t want to constantly be having to set up. I’m in the process of painting the walls in my residency studio even though it’s temporary because I want to work in a comfy nice looking space!
KB::And I’m pretty proud of the thread bobbin holder I made using masonry nails.
Thank you so much Kristy for inviting us to see your studio and explaining the way that organizing affects you as a working artist. Please check out Kristy’s website for more information on her art and if you are local to Charleston she will have an Installation on display during the North Charleston Arts Festival. I’ll be back with another artist ‘Inside the Studio‘ feature next month!