I have a rail in my studio where projects go to die. Creatives all have that one bit of their workshop or laptop or a box somewhere for projects that never reached their potential or that we just lost interest in. It happens. Sometimes it’s an experiment in design that was meant to be nothing more and there’s nothing wrong with that.
My corner has garments that were specifically made for shoots that never happened or where the garment was made for visual effect but wasn’t good enough to sell afterwards. I find it hard to throw things away. Sometimes the design didn’t develop in the way I thought it would.
What I really need right now is a rail for on going projects that are going to be successful, and those that have reached completion but haven’t made it to the sale rail yet. I have filled all my other rails. I have plenty of stock. Free space has become a precious thing since I downsized last year so there is no room for unnecessary hoarding. Finally, a couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a clear out and this alone felt as creative as finishing a project. Mess is not conducive to creation.
I still haven’t quite mastered the art of decluttering but I do go through phases and I’ve almost completed the entire studio now. By admiting defeat on this handful of remaining projects I have been able to reclaim the fabric and rework them into something that is good enough to use and sell. I have also clawed back half a rail of space (about 3ft) and it feels triumphant. Now I can see the work that needs to be done and the fabric that still has potential and that helps the creative process.