In the 1980’s as a student of biology, I learned about thermodynamics. A system left to its own would naturally flow to chaos. I love the behavior of slime molds as they mock thermodynamics when all the individuals form an intelligent massive cell with many nuclei. Life is a battle to keep order. My studio is no different. A dresser inherited from my grandmother has become a work place. Folders of designs reside there, and as new designs are created, they are thrown on top of the dresser. When a design is taken out of a folder, it is later thrown on top of the dresser. Eventually I get to the point where the energy to find a design, is so annoying, I use the energy to create some order out of chaos.
A project for the weekend was to get these folders in prime shape. We hope to have weekly meetings where we map out projects to start/continue/finish over seven days. Have a goal of what to accomplish each day. Increase productivity, while leaving room for the creative flow. Complete things other than what is on our commission board, while keeping our clients happy.
So I want to know the possibilities that live quiet lives in these folders, so we spread them out on the dining room table. Designs we couldn’t imagine wanting to do again, or never did were recycled. Commissions that are one of a kind pieces were separated from commissions we could try again. Bird designs were separated from other types of animals. On and on we went.
The very few words we did were recycled and then the ten words designed in New Chelsea font was given its own folder away from words in Times New Roman.
Chaos is lurking in my studio, but for now my system of filing has some amazing order.