I never thought order would be the companion to my creativity.
Actually I thought it was an obstacle because I always need to see my supplies or I don’t use them, there fore I maintained a conscious semi controlled chaos on my desk for years.
But as Jazza says in his videos, having an orderly work space is an invitation to create and invade the space in the process.
On the contrary, chaos seems prolific and creative but it is just… chaos, hence noise, hence a disturbance to express any creativity. At he end it’s something you have to deal with before starting to create.
There is a satisfaction in sorting and aligning our possessions.
Artist Lisa Congdon explored the artistic appeal of order in one of her photographic series called small things organized neatly.
For an entire year, she took pictures of her belongings and private collections, every batch being organized neatly. And people loved it so much she was offered a book deal that pretty much launched her career as a professional artist.
For this article, I’ve decided to pay an humble homage to her work by presenting you with my erasers, organized neatly.
I got three of them with the Scrawlrbox (the Derwent, the Staedler mars eraser and the Tombow mono). Whilst already having them, I bought the Caran d’Ache and the Mono sand one.
Because each one of them is better at erasing a particular kind of mark than the other. The Mono zero is very precise, the Mono sand gently scratches the paper allowing ink to fade away, the Caran d’Ache does wonder with graphite and the Derwent and Faber Castel form a great team for removing colored pencil without smudging the paper.
When I’m concerned, order is often antagonized by the hoarder in me. Especially when it comes to art supplies.
What about you ?
On which side are you ?
The order or the hoarder ? Do you relish in buying new arts supplies ? Which ones ?
Inspiration exists but it has to find you at work