Today’s studio sneak peek is the second half of the Pixeladies interview. If you missed the first part, please go back and check it out here for more great tips and studio organizing practice. I met these fun and lovely creative ladies about a year ago while I was attending a Quilt Show in Florida. In this interview Deb and Kris both share how and where they work together on their collaborative art quilts, and more of their studio organizing tips! These photo’s are not styled and are typical of what their working studio looks like on an average day.
The idea for this series, Inside the Studio began in while I was attending an art retreat at Penland. While there I observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. In this series I’m interested in showing 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.
Pixeladies Interview and Studio Sneak Peek Part II.
Studio Panorama II
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems? Do you consider yourself to be organized?
Pixelaides::Yes, but that doesn’t mean we’re not messy. Deb doesn’t like to throw anything away. “We might need it.” Kris was born to purge. Since we work together every day we learn from each other. We are rarely out of sync in terms of organization because we know we’re right! It’s the one thing we never argue about. Both of our fathers were career Army/Air Force officers. That kind of discipline obviously rubbed off on us. We both remember having to “put things back where you found them.”
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio? Would you like to share any tips?
Pixelaides::Our Google calendar! We each have a personal calendar, which we allow the other to see, and we have our Pixeladies calendar and other organizational calendars that we can both edit. If we have an opportunity to schedule a presentation, we can see at a glance if we are available. It’s wonderful. We use Gyst (an artwork database system) to organize our artwork. We upload an image of the finished piece, then we document it. Every time it is exhibited or sells, we log that information into Gyst and have a running record of our work. And we use QuickBooks to manage our money and keep track of expenses and inventory. We love our Snapware (hkps-me too!). We can load up three bins but use only one handle to take materials to classes or retreats. Kris takes home “homework” in Snapware. Can’t live without it. And we can’t stress enough the importance of using Photoshop Organizer (hkps-or lightroom) to organize all of our photos. Deb can find an image in the blink of an eye because she’s so good at labeling all of our images. For example, she found all the photos for this interview before Kris could finish typing the answers.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
Pixelaides::We tend to de-clutter before we start a new project or when we have visitors to the studio. Neither of us likes to clean, so that happens even less often. By the way, Deb doesn’t purge. Kris purges but always asks “permission” to throw something away.
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
Pixelaides::When we work on our text pieces, we often “re-organize” our supply of already cut magazine and newspaper clippings. It helps us see what we have and gives us inspiration for new pieces. Kris usually cleans up her desk area after each work day but usually doesn’t touch the cutting board area. Deb is the opposite.
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?
Pixelaides::All of our records are on the computer. Organizer, Gyst, Quickbooks. We don’t have many actual pieces to store. They are rolled up on the top of the shelf, which we occasionally pull down and re-roll.
Thank you for this fabulous interview Pixeladies! Their tips and suggestions are fantastic and seeing how they work together is a first for this interview series! I’ll be featuring more “teams” in the future. Deb and Kris are so lucky to have found such creative companions in one another! Their collaborative work truly reflects how they complement each others creative spirit!