In today’s interview, we take another peek into Chambers Austell’s Organized Art Space in her Charleston home studio. Last summer I went to visit Chambers after having her on my “artists to interview” list for a good while, thanks Chambers for inviting us in! Come along and take a peek at how she keeps her beautiful studio organized and her supplies at her fingertips! These photos are not styled so this is typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day.
Chambers Austelle’s Organized Studio Part II (see Part I here)
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once?
Chambers:: The number of projects I have at a certain time is always in flux and dependent on opportunities.
HKPS:: Do you ever find it challenging to locate certain things when you’re ready use them? How do you store tools and materials you use frequently to make your process easier?
Chambers:: No, I keep most used materials out in jars and other materials in drawers.
HKPS::Do you think your creative success and or your process is helped or constricted by discipline? Do you find that limitations or boundaries can help fuel your creativity?
Chambers:: I don’t put restrictions on my creative process.
HKPS::Do you set any self-imposed limitations (to your schedule, material use etc)? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
Chambers:: I do consider myself to be organized. I organize my materials, tools, and space according to my changing needs.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio? Do you use sticky notes? How/where?
Chambers:: I have a filing cabinet, old dental cart, and jars in which I store my materials, supplies, and tools. I use Apple Calendar, a blank notebook, and scrap pieces of paper to organize my schedule. I use envelopes, folders, and binders to organize the business side of m work (see below).
Envelopes contain important reciepts and other business documents by month of year and she cleverly contains these in a tall and colorful pot, with a “magic wand” to help her keep track of the contents!
Thank you, Chambers! You chan check out her website and her upcoming opening February 10th, Birdcage at the new Beresford Studios SC in Charleston! They have a fun video of Chambers working in her studio on their site if you want to see more!
*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.
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