Today we are back Inside the Studio with Beth Melton-Seabrook of Elizabeth & Co. We met somewhere in Charleston amongst the many art happenings here and got to know each other more closely through the “Artist Way” reading group I facilitated earlier this year. Beth art is a mix of fun and free spirited whimsy and re-purposed materials, incorporating images of sea life from land and sky. When I first saw her little studio space I knew I wanted to invite her on the blog and graciously she said yes! I’m thrilled to share her studio and organizing tips in this interview. These photo’s are not styled in any way, this is typical of what Beth’s working studio looks like on an average day.
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.
Interview and Studio Sneak Peek Part II [Part I is here]
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems? Do you consider yourself to be organized?
BMS::I don’t think I’ve yet learned any organizing skills :-/ I try but then things often take on a life of their own.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
BMS::All of my surfaces re recycled. We collect them from our daily travels. My husband brings many things home from his treks to rural places. We don’t have much of an organizational system but we won’t give up trying
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
Beth Melton-Seabrook Studio Part II
BMS::I try to clear out piles and paperwork once a month…it needs to happen once a week!
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?
BMS::I like to keep art and inspiration from my friends and family-mostly my kid’s art. I also like to write little motivations on the window where I can see them daily.
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?
BMS::I feel like what I’m leaving behind is more than a piece of art work…..it’s the idea of making use of objects that others might discard.
HKPS::What if anything did you learn about your own organizing process through this interview?
BMS::That I need to get on the ball 🙂
Thank you Beth for sharing your studio sneak peek with us and telling us a little bit about how you work! Beth shows regularly at various locations around the region, so check out her website for her schedule and hopefully you will get to see her work in person soon! If you are struggling for help in your studio, shoot me an email or check out my services page for more about what I do. I love working with artists and helping them discover their own best creative systems!