My studio, like my mind, is always a bit of a mess. But it’s not an accident that my studio is a mess. I love my mess. I intentionally cultivate my mess.
Creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space. New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place. Or on the floor. More likely.
Let the materials cross-pollinate in a mess. "Keep your tools tidy", I have read and agree with. Nothing is more frustrating than wandering around my studio looking for a tool. The reason I tidy is not really to clean, but to come into contact with something I’ve forgotten which I can now use. The best thing about tidying is that it busies my hands and loosens up my mind.
Excerpted and added to from Keep Going: 10 Ways To Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon - 4 days ago