I’m on a mission here in Charleston to connect local fiber artists with one another and in doing so I had several other fiber friends tell me about Jocelyn Chateauvert, boy am I grateful they did! I feel strongly that women and the art that they choose to create should be more readily recognized, on local and national levels but let me get off my soapbox so I can share Jocelyn’s amazing studio with you! The moment I looked her work up I knew I just had to meet her-those flowers, never mind the fact that she has such an amazingly gorgeous name! We met at a fiber “gathering” at fellow fiber artist friend, Mary Edna Fraser’s studio…I liked her immediately because she is direct and speaks her mind and is generous with ideas and open minded…okay so here’s more about her and her work with paper!
HKPS::What age did you suspect or know you were an artist?
JC::When someone told me so at age 38.
HKPS::What mediums do you work with?
JC::Handmade Paper primarily, metals-jeweler.
HKPS::Where do you make your art, how big is your studio and how long have you been in this space?
JC::Back of house, aprox 900 sq. feet, 5 years.
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?
JC::Planned-economy of movement and ease of access.
HKPS:: Do you consider yourself to be an organized person?
JC::Yes-tidy (people are amazed), lots of equipment to maintain.
HKPS::Have you ever worked with another artist or gallery? If so did you learn any systems for organizing?
HKPS::How or where else have you learn your organizing habits and systems?
JC::From my mother. Living in a Charleston Single is like living on a boat, for this reason organization is key. Most used tools are easiest to access.
HKPS::What types of schedules, systems, tools or processes do you use to help maintain organization in your studio? Would you like to share any tips?
JC::Clean up at the end of a work session so it’s easy to start again. Leave out a few tools to remind me of accomplishments.
HKPS::What kinds of materials/tools do you find challenging to keep organized or locate when you need to use them?
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once? Is this due to space constraints, creative process, organizing systems or other influences?
JC::One project at a time but many elements at once.
HKPS::How often do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space due to space or other constraints?
JC::As projects are finished extraneous goes to locker (storage unit). I keep samples of what makes me curious close by.
HKPS::Please describe how creative cycles of organization or dis-organization affect your creative process?Are there certain phases of projects that are more or less organized?
JC::I love to be organized. Working with white paper I need space to be clean. I have separate studios for dry construction, hand papermaking and metalworking.
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?
JC::I keep work tightly sealed in plastic bins as well as printed materials (marketing/signs etc) in my locker. I also keep digital back up’s of photographs.
Clearly Jocelyn knows a thing or two about staying organized. She has a lot to keep track of with not one but three studio’s (wet, dry, jewelry)! Did you learn a trick or two from her, using above head storage for light things, modifying and building things in to specifically suit your needs (she’s a problem solver!).
My greatest wish is that through seeing how other artist work we can learn from one another. There is no ONE correct system or way of organizing. There are as many creative systems as their creative makers! My aim is to highlight these unique makers in each interview. Thrilled to be invited to Jocelyn’s studio and a BIG thanks for sharing all aspects of her studios spaces as well as how organizing affects her creative process. Please check out her work over at her website and keep your eye on her, she has an exciting trick or two up her sleeve to be revealed soon! As for this series, please check back here or better yet, sign up for my emails on the top left of any page so you don’t’ miss any of the amazing artists in the near future ‘Inside the Studio’!
* Inside the Studio was my brainchild in 2011. There are a lot of popular studio features on the web and in magazines but I’m specifically interested in showing how organizational process influences the artists studio work. These photo’s are not styled and are typical of how the artists working studio looks. I request that each artist leave their space as it would be on a daily basis (just like I ask my clients). This series is meant to highlight how artist REALLY work rather than showing STYLED shots (popular in home and organizing magazines and blogs). I’m sure just like me, you are fascinated by the “behind the scenes” sneak peek into these artists working lives!