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Entropy: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder.

The first “lesson” in the Alphabetter Muse workshop is about asymmetry and chaos. Two things I’m not so good with.

I like things to be neat, tidy, properly put away in the correct place, no clutter, no mess.

Of course you would never guess that by the state of my studio.

My studio and work is in a state of perpetual mess and constant disorganization. I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time moving stuff, sorting through stuff, rearranging stuff, reorganizing stuff, putting stuff away, making notes of new stuff to do – it’s neverending.

And it drives. me. crazy! There’s always stuff. Everywhere! And of course I’m always buying yet more stuff.

I just want to be at the point where everything is perfect and orderly and in its proper place. But no matter how much I straighten, my studio is a mess again within days. I guess that state of perfection is simply unattainable. I’m starting to – very slowly – accept the fact that chaos is unavoidable. After all, it is the fate of everything in the universe.

I suppose the constant mess is merely a sign that I’m always working on something, which I am. The artist in me is too busy, too in the middle of creating, to take time to straighten up. Sometimes I think – if I just had a bigger space. But I know better. I’d just have a bigger mess.

I need to make friends with chaos. Maybe we can sit down together and have a couple glasses of some good shiraz.

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So here is my re-organized studio. I love my new table – it is just perfect. It has shelves underneath, two drawers, and the top part you can either put up or down, plus it has see-through bags and loops for more storage. I still need a chair though…

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I was able to put all of my boxes (that I use to make embellished boxes for gift-giving) in my bead cabinet (which had a prevous life as my mom’s china cabinet) and I was also able to stack the bins containing my rubber stamps, inks and other coloring agents, embellishments, and future jewelry projects, on top. This freed up a lot of room on the floor, which is where all that stuff used to be, and eliminated all of that clutter.

Then there are my meager, but beloved, decorations – my Marilyn pictures, my 2007 Wizard of Oz calendar (which will remain hanging up because I like the pictures). I recently realized how un-creative and un-artistic my studio looks (I decided to call it my studio even though it’s only a corner of a room. “Studio” sounds more serious than “play area”.) so I want to start displaying some of my work as well as other things I find inspiring, like these beautiful cards I found at Wegman’s featuring the artwork of Alphonse Mucha.

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This is The Precious Stones: Amethyst, 1900, and Documents decoratifs, 1902.

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And this is The Arts: Music, 1898.

I just love these. It’s hard to see in these pictures, but there is a generous amount of glitter on each card. I’d never heard of Alphonse Mucha before I picked up these cards; I’ll have to do some research and find out more about him and his work.

And the final touch to my studio would be the removal of the wood paneling (someday…) Wood paneling was apparently the wall covering of choice for the previous occupants of our house, because it’s everywhere, and I really hate it. It’s the antithesis of artistry. oh well. Someday it will be gone, and that will be a very happy day indeed.

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I’ve spent a good portion of my free time over the past two weeks working
on updating my website – I added two new pieces, put another older piece
in the limelight section, and added two more entries to my beading
dictionary. Doesn’t sound like much – until you factor in scanning or
photographing the pieces, formatting the pictures, making new pages, taking many measurements of each piece, adding all the necessary links,
photographing the beads for my new dictionary entries and formatting those photographs, and writing descriptions. I’ve stayed up late and used my free time on the weekends. I think from now on I will start working on my next updates at least a month in advance. And now I can’t even publish the changes because I keep getting an error message when I try. I have my IT guy working on it (in other words, my husband), so hopefully that will be resolved soon.

I’ve also been frustrated with the lack of beadwork getting done on
Saturdays – I’ve been able to bead on only one Saturday night so far this
year. At this rate it’s going to take five years to get my green carnelian
finished. Since having Lily, I am willing to sacrifice many things for
her. Money of course, and I generally am in charge of her when I’m not at
work. I wait until she’s napping to get chores done. I buy healthful,
nutritious food for her and spend a lot of time preparing it. I do all of
the shopping for her. However, the lack of time to indulge in my creative
endeavors is frustrating to me in the extreme. I guess I need to accept the fact that I only have so much time and just make the best of it.

The re-organization of my workspace/studio is almost complete. This is something else that I have spent the past two weeks working on. But it looks and feels so much better now – neater, more organized, no clutter – I really love it. The only thing is my new table is about 5 inches higher
than my old table and I need a new chair. I just have a folding chair, and
it’s too low now. I hope I can find one that’s not too expensive. I have no idea how much chairs cost.

On the creative front, I’m about to embark on a Top Secret Mission – I
cannot at this time divulge the details. Let’s just say that I’ve
purchased the necessary supplies, I’ve given myself plenty of time to
finish this particular project in time for a certain occasion, and I’m
eager to get started.

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