Organizing for creativity is a different kind of order

I’m not ashamed to admit it, I hired an organizer. Sometimes I think it is just best to get some one to help me do a job I haven’t been able to tackle.

The professional I brought is a local coastside gal named Jeri Dansky. I met her through twitter believe it or not! Jeri is a pleasure to work with. She never made me feel like a bad girl who hadn’t cleaned her room.

On her first visit she walked around my art studio with a thoughtful look on her face, not saying a word. I followed behind her jabbering about why this area was a mess and why that was on the floor, etc. She stopped and turned to me and asked, “Do you like to have your stuff out?” I kinda thought it was obvious by the different piles I had. But what really surprised me next was when she said, “because we can organize things to be out so they can give you inspiration.” This was a totally new concept for me! Then I remembered going on tour through a Reggio Emilio preschool room. They believed in having materials out for kids to interact with throughout the day. They felt having access to art stuff allowed kids to incorporate art into their everyday life. I was in love with this idea!

What we did to organize things to be ‘out’ was to put like things together in open plastic boxes. My categories so far are: natural materials, ribbons and strings, different papers, found stuff, collage materials, seashells, metal things. We threw away a lot of stuff that was just junk and made a pile to shred. We went through 5 big shelves.

In a big heavy cardboard box on a top shelf I found my POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising International) Indians, all eight of them. After looking at the awards and talking about what I could do with the mini statues, I decided to put them on display on my bookshelf. Why you may ask. Well because they represented the best part of my hi tech merchandising career, the recognition by the industry of great store design, innovative merchandising, and hard work. The awards also remind me of how these skills can be helpful in my new interest in pursuing public art opportunities. Now looking at them I wondered why I had hidden them away.

Well I have much more to do, but I’m actually looking forward to organizing now!

Here’s Jeri Dansky’s info, and she loves working with artists.

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