Thursday, September 4, 2014

Studio Table: Call for Participants



Join me on Thursday September 18th, as we celebrate the studio table: uncensored, unedited, and most likely unkempt.

So many times when we are presented with images of artist studios, they are pristine -- almost as if nothing goes on in the space. This is often true in books, magazines, blogs, and Facebook. The reality is, of course, that during the process of creating, the mess multiplies faster than the matheletes at the International Mathematical Olympiad (and there really is such a thing)!

Let's go behind the curtain, throw any feelings of shame out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

To participate, you simply must take a picture of your work table in its full glory -- that is to say at its most messy state. On Thursday September 18th, post the picture and share a link back to my blog.

The brief: If you want to be a part of this online collaborative pop-up, please leave a comment on this post. On 9/18 when the project goes live, I will post a list of all participating artists on my blog so that you can be sure to see all the images and everybody will be sure to see yours. Feel free to let your own readers know about this project by spotlighting it on social media on or prior to reveal day. Please (and this is important) email me your link when your post goes up. It will be the only way I will know to add you to the posted list on my blog.

149 comments:

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

So funny that you've posted this, I was thinking of taking some photos of work in progress but hesitated because my studio feels messy right now. I love the idea of 'baring all'.

Kelly Jeanette Swift said...

Ok, Seth, sure will. September must be messy studio photo month because everyone seems to be posting pics of their studios.

Robin Redd said...

I, totally, want to participate. My space is continually a mess. Even when it's at it's cleanest, no one else would be able to find anything! lol It's redic!

Eileen Bellomo said...

This will be easy. Waaay too easy.

jacqueline said...

Count me in please Seth. Wish I'd known about it yesterday - would have taken some photos of a mega blizzard messy studio..........should be able to recreate it easily next time I'm in!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Since I don't really have a "studio"--I share my workspace with the washer and dryer and my storage space with closets, cabinets, the bathroom (unused)shower and basement, my small desk space is usually fairly neat. I love to peak into others workspaces, so I'll be sure to come back and visit!

Lin Collette said...

Good lord, I often reveal the chaotic state of my space in my blog,,, I'm in!

Dog-Ma said...

This will be very enlightening. I'm in!

Tami said...

Oh, yeah. I'll play. Fondly, Tami

Rita Vindedzis said...

Sounds like fun. I'm in!Thanks Seth

BJB said...

I'd like to participate and will for encourage our Altered Art Group to do the same. Love it!

Darla Deiparine said...

I have always said "my kingdom for an art studio" my messy post will show what I mean:)

Martice Smith II said...

Sounds like fun! Perfect timing, too. I'll be working on a few commissioned pieces during that time...I'm in! Thank you, Seth

Indira said...

My work table includes the floor space too. Can I include it too? I will particpate anyway.

Stacey Merrill said...

Could be scary ;) Sounds fun - I'm in

Lisa Riel Abate said...

Ok. Michaela and I will participate - double the mess, since we both share the same studio/art space. I am now fighting the urge to tidy up .....

Edie said...

Oh geez Seth, I don't know why I'm drawn to help you. It's been a chaotic summer of creating and I've been more focused on keeping the landscaping and house clean than cleaning up after an art session. My studio's neatness has been neglected. But ok, I'll come clean. ��

Quinn said...

Art is messy--just like real life! All those tidy studios---who can make art in a tidy space? Count me in!

Erin in Morro Bay said...

Count me in. I'm currently getting ready for a studio tour at the end of September, so the table is in utter chaos as art is being created!
Erin

Dayna Collins said...

Oh, I like the sound of this!

Carmen Whitehead said...

Oh yes! This sounds like fun, count me in!

queenb2u said...

Count me in. I seldom have a recognizable cleaned-up studio.
Beth

dorit elisha said...

Yes please! I am in. Another great idea from the studio of Seth!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I will be there, Seth, but I'm a neat freak, so the photo(s) may not be as bad as you want (grin).

Jennifer said...

Too funny! Count me in?

The Creative Beast said...

I'll throw my hat in this ring!! If I can find my hat in my messy studio that is! ;)

On my blog, I have been posting a few pics of my studio due to my frustration (and SHAME!) at not having what I envision in my minds eye - the 'perfect' studio as conveyed by so many craft magazines. I am tired of feeling ashamed and frustrated with my current studio space and lack of decent storage space to be better organized because I have TOO MUCH STUFF to work with!! I know this is blocking me in many ways, so I will be glad to help BUST THE MYTH of the 'perfect studio space'!

Thank you Seth for wanting to remove the SHAME from the REALITY of working studios EVERYWHERE! =)

Annie said...

Seth, Count me in, I just cleaned my work space (kitchen), but it will get messy soon enough :-).
xoxo

Jo Murray said...

OMG Seth... I'm in....AND the ongoing working on AIY projects.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Count me in, sounds like so much fun to see all our happy mess making in art. xox

Parabolic Muse said...

I don't know if my comments are posting correctly.
anyway, yes! I'd like to participate.

JackieP Neal said...

me and my mess will be glad to play!! Count me in too Seth!

Deborah Guthrie said...

Deborah Guthrie is most interested in participating. http://www.facebook.com/
ThousandsOfThings

Boo said...

I'll play. My desk is very neat... I always have so many things in process.

Darlene Campbell said...

I'll join you all too! Love to see creative work spaces.

Sharon W. said...

I do not plan to participate, but am delighted by learning that someone shares my belief that all those "studios" (in the "wherewomen" mags?) are a but too tarted-up. I'm loving the current CPS Studios issue, with more authentic studios, and I look forward to your presentation of some "real" working creative spaces.

Rosemoo said...

I'm in!

Ann Strecko Koeman said...

Im in, sounds like fun!

Gallery Juana said...

I look forward to visiting the links and will participate as well.

Bill said...

I always knew it would come down to this! ;-)

Bill said...

Forgot to say, "Yes, I'll participate."

Domenick Naccarato said...

Count me in Seth.

pamelahuntington said...

This will be great fun..!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love this idea... I am such a voyeur of other people's creative spaces.... Marking the date on my calendar nd looking forward to joining in...xx

Arlene Delloro said...

This sounds like fun; I'm in and I've shared with some of my quilting buddies. Can't wait to see everyone else's space.

Glenda Hoagland said...

Seth, I will definitely participate.

Chris said...

I'm in!

Brian Kasstle said...

Count me in as well. The end of August & the beginning of September has been very busy.

Sparkly Heart Studio said...

In like Flynn! what fun!!!!!

jinxxxygirl said...

I'am so in Seth.... I've shook my head many times when people show off their work space and it looks like nothing goes on in there. LOL! I promise to show it in all its glory.. :) Hugs! deb

Marissa said...

I'm in!

Trena inNaperville said...

This is an awesome idea Seth! I'd love to participate!
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Tracy said...

sounds fun!! can't wait!

Catherine R said...

Can't wait to compare the depths of depravity ...er, chaos!

Susan said...

Okay...my mess will be on display! And it will be quite the sight, I promise!

Ursula Smith said...

Ok- I promised my friends in a FB group that I would post pictures of my mess. This will hold my feet to the flame ;). So I am in!

Kelley said...

Messy is easy...I'll play!

Shine on!
Kelley

Leslie said...

Oh sure. Why not!

Cat Athena Louise said...

Okay…lets do it!

kathleen nesi said...

I love this idea Seth...I would love to be a part of this!

Terrie Purkey said...

how ironic - I just took photos yesterday of my desk piled so high I couldn't work! Now I know what to do with that picture! I'm in.

dryadart said...

I often post pictures of my mess - I mean studio on my blog, so YES! I am in. The only time my studio is clean is when a curator is coming! Then it sort of looks like one of those magazine spreads - the rest of the time I have to climb in!!

gem said...

Brilliant plan - I don't shy away from my "in progress" (aka chaotic what-the-heck-is-happening-here) shots, so I'd be stoked to join in on the 18th! Guess I should make sure I am working on something ;-D

~ gem

SueC said...

I'm in. Will encourage me to get my mojo working and the projects I'm behind on started or finished!!!

Kathi said...

I could do this. :D

Robyn Wood said...

I love looking at the studios of others - I'm happy to share mine:) it will be fun.

Unknown said...

Count me in, Seth - Looking forward to it!

The Dog River Cat House Studio said...

Will be interesting to see Whether any tables are more chaotic than mine! I'm in.

rivergardenstudio said...

I would love to be a part of this Seth!! Sounds like so much fun!
roxanne

steffi said...

Hi Seth - great idea! My space is a total mess so I'm in :)

Robyn said...

I'll post if I remember. there is a world wide community that does this each week.
WOYWW- whats on your work desk wednesday.
http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/

Sherri Koehler said...

You can count me in, Seth. I think this month will definitely see a mess increase as I work on a series of collaged puzzle-piece brooches!

Jessica Walthall said...

Great idea, Seth! I'd love to play along!

Hastypearl said...

Ha! You're hilarious! This must have been birthed at hour 54 on your eternal "never going to get to Oz" trip! We all saw your pics at the bar:) I just straightened my studio, but there is a ton of time for it to all unravel by then:) Looking forward ! Laura aka hastypearl

trish said...

I'm in.

back.roads said...

I would love to do this; it sounds like great fun. I have a question first, however. Does one need a blog to post the photo initially (i.e. the social media you mention) or, can I use Facebook? Thanks!

cHim-prints said...

I perceive safety in numbers.. heh-heh. I'm in. I'll be there the 18th.

Ruth L said...

Seth I am ready, together with my mess, will be signing in at 18th :-)

Pat said...

Just trying to bring some order to my chaos but don't supposed it will be finished by then so count me in.

Felicity said...

count me in - I'm good at mess :)

tgarrett said...

I'm in Seth

Michelle from Mixed Media Art said...

I'll jump in too! It will be interesting to see all of the different studios and tables!

donnaj said...

count me in too~

Melody Lima said...

I am in!

Faern said...

Looking forward to getting my pic to you today...

Lisa said...

I'm interested in participating. What do we need to do?

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

I'm in Seth! Though I warn you, I always clean up at the end of the day-I like coming into a fresh, clean studio in the morning. I'll try & be messy that day.

leslie said...

I'll be posting. Onewomanshands@blogspot.com
Someone used to do this regularly. Called it "what's on your work table wednesday" I think. Fun idea.

aworkofheart said...

I'm in!

Kim said...

OK, count me in!

Jo Murray said...

I'm getting messier each day!....and not just for you.

Seth said...

Hey Lisa. Couldn't respond directly to your comment as I do not have your email. For this project, just post a pic of your studio table on 9/18 and email me the link when you do. That is all! Then come to my blog to see the links of all the participants. Seth

Holly Dean Artist said...

Sure. Count me in. Thanks, Seth!

kelly corso said...

I would love to participate!!!

Martha Richardson said...

Count me in...Thanks

lara said...

Love it! I like taking photos of my work table periodically so I can see what tools and materials I was obsessed with at different periods! Great idea Seth :)

Lisa said...

I'm in!

Andrew Borloz said...

I will post a picture of my "temporary" studio in my blog and send you a link. :-)

Gina said...

While I am home this week, releasing all of the bottled creativity of the last 6 months...I am in the midst of a MESS of the Nth degree!

Sally Lynn MacDonald said...

I'm in. No shame... LOL.

Laney said...

OK. I would like to join!

Pam McKnight said...

I'm in! thanks!

Shells said...

Sounds great, I'm in!

Boo said...

http://artjournalfeel.blogspot.com/2014/09/my-workspace.html

I'm in.. here is the link to my workspace blog post.

kecia deveney said...

ok I'll show you mine......

Tina Berrier said...

Yes I want to do this! Pick me pick me... (:

BLockHEad said...

I'm in!

RubberMoon said...

Very Cool! I will proudly show my mess!!

Karen Meier said...

Such a fab idea Seth...
Can't wait to see everyones tables

Kimberly Jones said...

I would love to share my creative chaos with everyone! Thanks for inviting us Seth! I can't wait see all the workspaces!

Rachél Payne - Creativity Tribe said...

I am in and can't wait to see everyone's mess! ....including my own!

This Moment said...

HI Seth! I'm in too...I will likely post mine on my blog Friday if that's okay--I have something else going on on my blog Thursday so hopefully I can still add my post Friday for this fun hop!

Jill

Unknown said...

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4436288439925866217#allposts

Couldn't manage to open "create a link". This is a brand new blog for me, so hope it works. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's space!

Lori Leissner said...

Sounds like fun! I hope I'm not too late!

CERULEAN said...

Hi Seth, a little late...but I'm in. Wonderful idea!

Claudine Intner said...

I'd love to participate!

Andrea Verrill said...

For once I won't have to feel guilty about my messy table! I'd love to join in:)

PocketSize said...

Ooh, count me in! I periodically clear off my table, but it soon gets cluttered up again!

Kay Wallace said...

Just took photos and will be posting on my blog shortly!

trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits said...

If it's not too late, I'd love to participate! :D

Lisa Cheney said...

Hey Seth! I'm emailing you my link. :)

George Wright said...

http://geonrose.wordpress.com/

wonderful idea, I am always so depressed after looking at gorgeous studios in magazines. mine is forever like a bomb went off in there. I am thankful to have a studio, messy and impossible as it is. I put your link directly into the post. Great motivation to think about our spaces, thanks.

Rose Momsen, Point Roberts, WA
you should label mine: Messiest Studio, LOL

Ann Isik said...

I'm in! My studio always looks like it's been struck by lightning! Ann

Raylee said...

hi seth, i'm in. sorry i am so late.

Catherine Gutsche said...

Here's my photo link. http://www.catherinegutsche.com/projects/index.htm

Robyn Hood Black said...

A come-as-you-are party! And I'm late to it. But working up a post/pix now.... I was actually working on a surface technique from one of your videos, so that's my current mess!

AlteredAddict said...

I found out about this late and hope it isn't to late I just did a post showing of my well played in work station. I'm off to look at all the other messy stations. I think we should all be proud. Thanks for the chance to share it was a fun idea.

Toni said...

I'm sorry I showed up to the party late but I couldn't find my computer because of the mess in my studio.... thanks for doing this Seth... the studios are such an inspiration in all their glory ! Mine is here : http://www.toni-burks.blogspot.com/2014/09/creative-chaos.html

kurberry said...

I'd like to take part if not too late. This week I have been doing a bookbinding course at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona and my worktable is a horror (and I don't even live there). Is it too late? Will take an image first thing this morning and try to post later today on my blog. Many thanks!

Beatriz Helton said...

I would like to share... hope I can figure out how to link stuff, I'm a bit of a techno dinosaur ;)

Leesa Padget said...

Hi Seth, count me in if its not too late! :)

butterfliecrafter said...

I like this idea a lot, we humans are all a bit curious on how our neighbours live or in this case where our colleague crafters work. And I feel so much better now knowing that it's not just me that don't seem to be able to keep my workspace clean and neat.

Heather B. said...

Brilliant idea! I feel so grateful to know that others "make it work" in regular spaces. Its so inspiring to see how others organize and embrace the creative chaos. Our place is small so I've co-oped the dining room table as my creativity space. The ever growing craft stash seems like it is in a never ending organization process :) We had a hurricane warning a while back so a lot of my perishable stash ended up in a big bin to prevent water damage-- most of the paper is still in there. I'm in the process of indexing and cataloging all my stamps. I'm looking forward to creating cards for Halloween and fall. Count me in.

Deborah Gregg said...

"The Queen of Mess" would like to join your Mess Fest.

Deborah Gregg said...

The Queen of Mess would like to join your Mess Fest.

deborah gregg said...

The Queen of Mess would like to join your "mess fest".

Nancy Baumiller said...

Oh those photos are yummy Seth! I would love to participate! I am definitely good at making messes! ;)

Joy from My heart said...

I am a very prime example of a working in an area of disarray- come and see! the amazing thing is I can create art within this space once I find the tools and materials I need. I have been lamenting "my kingdom for an art studio" for quite some time. I totally feel there are more of us in this situation than those that appear in the publications depicting artist in their gorgeous studios :)

jen starr said...

Seth, this is fun!! I just posted mine http://jenstarr.typepad.com/random_thoughts_tidbits/2014/09/the-uncensored-reality-of-my-creative-chaosmy-studio-reveal.html

Wen Redmond said...

looking good & easy for you!

Wen Redmond said...

typo- it was good & messy!
at home-http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com/2012/09/at-home-in-my-studio.html
out of home
http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com/2012/05/studio-stash.html

studios

PUFF said...

My studio is so messy I have been working on the dining room table. So I'M IN!!!

PUFF

Diann Verrette said...

Hi Seth! I'd like to participate!

kate blue said...

Would live to join in too..that way, I will be forced to create something and clean up too!!

Rachelle said...

Yes, Seth, I would love to join the studio blog hop! I actually cleaned up my studio last Sunday, after not doing it since we moved here 7 months ago. I have more room to work and my dogs have more room to lay without it being on art work on the floor or in the cabinet that one of them can open! Thanks!

Http://www.cynthiaphelpsart.com said...

Seth, add me to your list.... Thanks

Xenographicx said...

I always feel like one of The Hoarders up here. Yes I want to be a part.

peggy gatto said...

Thanks for hosting!
Playing in Seth's studio blog hop!

Kim said...

If it is not to late Can you add me to your Messy table post? My link will be live & I can send it to you.
Thank you
Kim Hyer A Paper Addict

Karen Provost said...

Hi Seth, Just getting my two messy studio tables posted today, so please add me to your hop. What a great idea this is and so much fun! I will now email you my link.Thanks!