“It nev-ah ends.” But Rat’s studio is an ongoing hub of messy paint, sponges, brushes, books and boards living in perfect harmony with a delicate arts & crafts rug of faded roses. Equal, yet different. Sounds like one of those posters for complementarianism. Don’t get me started.
It is a good place, with north light and large four-square windows framed by ivy.
If you asked Rat now, she’s swing open heavy closet doors and reveal Bigso boxes full of properly arranged ephemera: oddments, articles, food notes, letters…all is carefully organized. There’s even a Dan Savage box.
I will mark this goal as achieved, and make way for new ones.
I like to be calm and serene. The best way to achieve this for me is to have calm and organized surroundings. I want to distill the things I have decided to keep and make space for them to be enjoyed properly. After that- yard sale?
The main floor and the second floor and my studio are all newly organized. I took apart all the loose photos and sorted them into appropriate boxes. The kitchen is now properly streamlined. Next stop: craft room and garden room in the basement and sewing room on the third floor.
My best friend Leonardo gave me two wonderful Christmas presents: the new Jamie Oliver cookbook, and a set of black Bigso boxes to store and organise recipe clippings and ephemera.
I got rid of more costume jewelry and outdated clothes.
So are the sweaters, and the puffy sleeved dress.
I have stopped waiting for that magic moment when people come up to me and say, ‘Gee, I really wish I knew what ugly clothing you were wearing back in 1981. I hope you still have it.’
I said to myself, “You’ve got to get more of those smart black archival boxes to organise the a) colour artwork b) black & white artwork c) sweet recipes d) savoury recipes e) ephemera