Today’s Artist Interview is with Jamie who I met as an IBU ally shortly after she and I both moved to Charleston. If you have not heard of IBU Movement you need to! The founder, Susan, introduced Jamie and I and I’ve been a friend and fan of what is happening at IBU ever since. I’m a textile aficionado and enthusiast so there’s not much twisting of my arm. The retail space that Susan has opened this year in Charleston is stunning and Jamie’s studio space is inside the showroom. I’d been wanting to interview Jamie and Susan for sometime but had to wait patiently for this new space to be created and it’s been so worth the wait. I’m thrilled to finally be able to share Jamie and IBU’s studio organizing tips and have them participate in this interview. These photo’s are not styled in any way, in fact the visit was totally unplanned and spontaneous so this is typical of what the IBU 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 if you missed it HERE]
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems? Do you consider yourself to be organized?
JB::I think of myself as organized, within reason. This is a workroom and working around multiple people can be messy, but we all try to work together to keep things organized.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
JB::Keeping my threads and notions in a clear bin helps keep everything easily accessible and easy to find. I also have an old tool box that keeps a lot of my necessities. Cleaning regularly always helps me stay organized.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
JB::I have to clean out my machine about once every two weeks to keep it working so I usually clan around the studio at that time.
IBU Movement & Jamie Buskey Part II
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?
JB::I’m surrounded by inspiration! We have a huge inspiration board that has great magazine photographs and clippings. Since I have to work with others, I have to be able to tune out the distractions.
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
JB::Working on more time consuming projects like kimonos, I can get more easily distracted and unorganized because of the time it takes to complete.
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?
JB::I love that one of my original designs was so well received by our ibu clients. Knowing that my work is worn and loved by so many amazing women is my artistic legacy.
Thank you Jamie and the IBU team for for sharing how your studio space, organizing tips and where you create you work! If you live in Charleston you can stop into the IBU Showroom and see this lovely space for yourself on King Street.