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 some time 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 I
HKPS::What age did you suspect or know you were an artist?
JB:: I guess I learned early on, around elementary school that I liked learning how things are made. Into middle school and high school I loved going to go to thrift stores and buy things, only to rip them apart and remake them my own way.
HKPS::What mediums do you work with and are there specific tools or materials you find challenging to keep organized or locate when you need to use them?
JB::I work daily with my sewing machine, so I need to have my threads color coded and easy to find. The most used items are usually in a drawer in my desk for easy access.
HKPS:: Where do you make your art, how big is your studio and how long have you been in this space?
JB::I work full time at the IBU Workroom. It’s a large space that has everything I need to work with. I’ve been here since we opened in March 2015 and before that I was with IBU in a previous home studio space.
IBU Movement & Jamie Buskey Part I
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once? Is this due to space constraints, creative process, organizing systems or other influences?
JB::I usually work on up to three items at once. Any more and i might get un-organized in my thoughts and processes and be more prone to make a mistake.
HKPS::When you began working in this space did you plan any systems for the overall set up or did you let things evolve organically? How did past studio spaces or systems influence this space?
JB::Yes, I’m here Tuesday-Saturday, full time. I also have a small studio in my house where I do odd jobs or make things/gifts for my family.
HKPS::Is making art your primary “job” or source of income? How much time do you spend in your studio weekly/daily?
JB:: Susan, the owner of IBU, and I worked together to plan of how to organizer everything. We had a great space, her workroom, in her home studio to use as the basis to determine what worked and what didn’t in planning the new space.
Thank you Jamie and the IBU team for for sharing how your studio space is set up and where you create you work! Check out Part II with more from Jamie about how her space is organized and any tips she has to share. If you find yourself in Charleston be sure to stop into the IBU Showroom and see this lovely space for yourself on King Street.