December 12

Creative Time and Space…Week 9

Posted by lori . 6 Comments


My final book for 2011 is Creative Time and Space by Ricë Freeman-Zachary.  This week, I read the chapter, “Creative Habits: Music, Candles and Companionable Cats.”  Ricë makes the point that it doesn’t matter what your creative space is like, “it only matters what you’re like when you’re there.  Are you inspired?  Excited to get to work?”  If the answer is, “no,” studio rituals may help.  Ricë talked to the featured artists about their routines and habits when they enter their studios.  Here are some of the things they do:

Tea (lots and lots of tea)




Turn off the phone and/or computer (email and internet)

Set up their work space

Put on a special apron or smock

Write/draw in a journal

Whatever it is, it marks the move from the “world out there” to the “world of your studio.”  Ricë encourages us to look at our studios and see if it satisfies all our senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch).

This was a particularly interesting chapter to me because I realized that I have no studio rituals.  I’ll enjoy testing out some of these ideas to see how they affect me.  Do you have any rituals or ways you mark your “creative” time?  I’d love to gather some ideas.

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6 Responses to " Creative Time and Space…Week 9"

  • houndstooth says:

    I have a moleskine notebook that always travels with me. When I have time, I write poetry, because it always seems to come to me when I’m away from home. I have another one that I write short stories in, too, but it doesn’t get as much use these days. With the photography, just picking up the camera seems to work to tune other things out for me.

  • My cat Shanookum loves my art room as much as I do… but she also likes to step on the art while it is in progress.

    I hate to do it, but I am thinking about banishing her. 🙁

    • lori says:

      Addie…this cracks me up. Those puddies! My Twinkie is an old girl now, but if she can get to something, she’s got to have herself all over it.

  • I don’t have a separate space for a studio, but I DO have rituals that help me get my head into the right “space”.
    If I can, I like to do a tarot card reading for myself. I use them as a meditation tool. They help me to look at things from a different point of view. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes and by the time I am done, I feel refreshed and my mind is clear.
    Nellie’s Mommy

  • mayziegal says:

    Well, as for me pawsonally, I can pretty much be creative wherever I am. Especially with a Starbucks cup. You should SEE the pretty creations I can make outta one of THOSE! Maybe I should start posting those on my bloggie for inspiration to other doggies. What do you think?

    But mom…well…she thought this post was Most Helpful. She luvs to write (it’s she does for a living at a big ol’ corpse-eration) and she’s thinking abouts going out on her own to do it. She thinks that having a nice space with nice rituals like this would help a lot!

    Wiggles & Wags,

    • lori says:

      Doggie crafts! I think that’s a pawsome idea! Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely if your mom could be with you all day long. You’d have to be a good girl and let her get her work done, but I know you would do that for her. Paws crossed.

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