Yes, Virginia. It does make a difference to have a room of one’s own.
About 30 years ago I got my first studio, an addition to our small house. My father designed it. He came out and built it along with my husband, family and friends. It changed my life to get a studio – to take my aspirations to be an artist seriously, to have a place to work.
Over the years the studio filled up with projects in process and completed, with supplies to make new things, with paper, with cardboard, with fabric, with pictures that I pinned up for reference or inspiration, with pets. It was too full, but I never wanted to stop creating long enough to make it clean and organized.
This spring nature intervened. A tree fell through the roof of the studio.
Luckily it missed me by about 6 inches. Luckily we have good insurance. Luckily it missed most of my art and equipment.
Movers packed up and removed 164 boxes of art, objects, supplies and books from my studio and the adjacent bookshelves. After a bit, Greater Seattle Construction got to work and rebuilt.
Four months later the studio was repaired, repainted and empty. GSC did a great job.
The movers brought back all of the boxes.
I went through every item and ruthlessly discarded things. I unpacked and sorted, shelved and organized.
Now my studio is airy and clean. At least for the moment.
A clean space is no guarantee of fresh ideas or creative flow. But it does allow for the possibility.
It feels good to be back in this room of my own, heading into the future.