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Why Having a Messy Studio Can Help You as an Artist

Austin Kleon on 
Why Having a Messy Studio Can Help You as an Artist
from ARTSY

In this excerpt from his new book, “Keep Going”, writer Austin Kleon shares insights on the creative benefits of tidying up.
— Read on www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-messy-studio-help-artist

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.

Excerpted from Keep Going: 10 Ways To Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon (Workman). © 2019.

I struggle with being tidy and being messy on the daily. Somehow it just seems to have a life of its own. Then there are other days where things like depression and external factors weigh in heavily on my ability to perform the necessary tasks of maintaining a household or studio. I like to blame my cat for throwing his food around or other such nonsense, when in fact, I know it’s always me. 

I used to always be such an orderly child, and still have a flare of OCD and particularity about some rather odd (and most likely annoying) ways of keeping my personal space organized. I need to learn to adapt to a “less is more” approach and start some spring purging. I even lost a great chuck of material possessions in a flood a few years ago. So I know it’s just stuff, and sometimes it gets messy, but why can’t I seem to keep things from getting overwhelming at times? Why must I “push it,” as my mother has pointed out? 

I suspect a lot has to do with my current mental state. For example, If I know company is coming over, I can usually whiz through the place and make it look pretty damn good in about 20 minutes. But why do I treat myself as though I am not good enough to keep it that way? Why do I let it go to crap?

PICTURED BELOW (AND ABOVE IN THE FEATURED PHOTO) ARE TIMES WHEN MY STUDIO/LIVING SPACE WAS IN A STATE OF CONTROLLED CHAOS 

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I suspect it will always be a WORK IN PROGRESS….
Anyone have any great motivational tips?

BACK ME UP ⇪ YOUR DATA MY DATA


Quotes taken from the New York Times article, How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’


I’ve been dealing with major computer growing pains. My cloud seems to be so full it’s now raining on me. And the duplicate situation has just gone way too far. I’d say I don’t understand how this happened, only I very much do know how it happened. I didn’t care. For a long time now, I’ve sort of let a lot of things just go on autopilot, unchecked, unregulated, completed disregarded and only given the slightest notion, “it’s saved in the cloud or something.”

M.T.B.F.

That’s “mean time between failures,” or “typical time until it croaks.”

…your countdown to catastrophe has begun.

David Pogue
How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I’m in the process of combining all my photo libraries, miscellaneous cloud storage providers, several external hard drives, an outdated Mac mini, and super old PowerBook. The photo library situation is ridiculous; hundreds of thousands of photos that I probably won’t ever really look at or need. As my cloud storage has maxed out its capacity and Apple continues to try to persuade me into upgrading to the 2T plan, I stop and think about how crazy it is to be paying for cloud storage. Cloud storage. One more time, cloud storage. I’ve always hated the idea of paying for storage units that hold all the extra crap our American lifestyles manage to consume and collect. If you really need it that bad, why is it in the bottom of a cardboard box halfway across town, better yet, the country? Get rid of it! PURGE!

“Cruft” 
Software cruft refers to digital dust bunnies: duplicate files, orphaned “temporary” files, forgotten downloads, files attached to ancient emails, abandoned files from apps you deleted, and so on.

David Pogue. How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I was forced to purge once, Mother Nature and a bitch named Destiny (Oh, I think I went to high school with her) pulled a fast one on me and decided I didn’t need… hmm… I’d say about 65% of my material possessions. I say, “bitches be hoes,” but that ain’t bring back not a damn thing. Woah child, sorry, I was getting a bit colorful there. Just slipped into it, not to mention, I’ve gone off topic.

As I was saying, I’ve trying to get my digital data under control. I found this article to help the inspiration process and some tips maybe you don’t know. Unfortunately, I think I knew most of it, but it’s still great for review!


Anyone have any good recommendations for photo duplicate programs or have any other tips in general?

I’d love to hear what you do to combat your digital landscape.


Another good article that ran last month to help you hack your digital life:
from WIRED. “THE UNBEARABLE UNTIDINESS OF OUR DIGITAL LIVES.”
Never-ending notifications. Pull-to-refresh rewards. There’s no escape from surveillance capitalism…
— Read on Tidying Up When We Have No Control over Our Digital Lives


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