Well, if the magic is a somewhat better organized cozy office through which I do hours and hours and hours of editing.
We moved last JULY, and last week during the snowstorm I actually took a breather and focused on putting my office together - and let me tell you, it’s glorious. Still cluttered, still dusty, but a functional space that doesn’t make me feel like the lady from Labyrinth who carries all her things on her back.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m always going to have a chaotic workspace. One of my report cards that got sent home to my mom in Grade 5 read something like, “Sarah needs to work on keeping her workspace organized and less chaotic”, and I still remember how I’d created a sort of cluttered magnificent island around my desk - surrounded by bits of paper, half-started projects, and whatever I’d lugged to school with me that day. I cringe a bit thinking about it, like - our messy workspaces are things we keep hidden in the deep dark comfort of our homes right?! - but I also think it was part of my process - when I make art, I make art messy - and it drives some people bananas.
All of this being said, I still like things to be in their place - I like when a space reflects me, when it feels creative and changeable and open. I still have lots of work to do but I’m really grateful for this little space - I have no idea how I got the mountains of editing I had this past summer/fall done in a space surrounded by half open boxes. At our old apartment everything was brown - brown carpets, brown walls, brown countertops and very few windows - and I don’t know if I can properly explain to you how grateful I am for these bright white walls and gigantic windows that open - it feels pretty awesome to start doing this space justice and making it a creative haven.
SO, without a lot of dusting and/or cleaning - or even any setting up, here’s a little peek at my workspace - a mixture of plants I’m barely keeping alive, a My Favorite Murder quote, and a mixture of prints and paintings from local friends, artists, and people who’s art I love.
I’ll update this further when it’s actually, really, honestly finished - but for now, here’s a little tour of where I do all my computer creative stuff.