Since then, my desk has moved into a spare bedroom, complete with my own closet, shelf and even a futon. I don’t have much time to develop the many concepts in my sketchbooks beyond the occasional wedding or baby shower gift, but that room — a space of my own — stands as a treasured symbol of my creative freedom.
It’s a concept not lost on many Norman artists who are showcasing their own creative spaces this month during Norman Open Studios, presented by the Norman Arts Council. Several of these artists have studios in corporate spaces, while many, like me, carve out space for creativity in their private residences.
Though I suspect some day our spare room may be overrun by tiny creations of another sort, I’ll always prioritize a corner of my own — even if it’s just a desk or large chair — where I can make art, put together crafts, read, write — whatever I want, to my heart’s content.
No matter the size of a space, every creative person needs their own corner of the world where wild ideas and whimsical fancy are allowed — even encouraged — to run with great abandonment. In that way, every facet of life can be explored, multiple times over.
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