Why does popular culture depict creativity as ‘chaotic’?

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Is chaos an inevitable result of being a brilliant creator? Or just a trope that popular culture’s invented? And what impact does that have on creative people themselves?

 Read More

The artist’s emotional green room

Sheila Chandra - Monday, July 31, 2017

Your favourite artist may seem to be larger than life – a little bit ‘magic’. But all working artists know the truth. We’re just human and this is how we recharge.

 Read More

Cave-aged cheddar or Dairylea? You get the music culture you pay for…

Sheila Chandra - Monday, July 03, 2017

Why do we resent investing in artists’ long-term development and refuse to pay them properly? We’re funding a ‘throwaway’ culture… Here’s why...

 Read More

Why mentoring is essential for artists

Sheila Chandra - Monday, June 05, 2017

Nascent artists often do not recognize their capacity to be professional artists without the recognition of their peers. Who helped you at the start of your career?

 Read More


Recent Posts


control childhood imagination focus email touring staying in control diagnosis : clothes saving time organisation letting go emotional resilience buy fewer clothes theft creative culture creative ambitions hobbies tension clean desk writing funding campaigns clear desk work/home life balance appointments long-term artistic development low maintenance tidiness in living spaces hotel room creative spark feeling creative compulsion clear outs artist goals VIPs exhaustion goals lazy emotionally secure artist arrogance car under-confidence much better friend artist mentors celebrity endorsed products home organising domestic life loving your audience static spaces stay tidy automatically home life morning routines getting ready for work display items ‘stories’ about your possessions proposals making decisions artistic chaos nurture creativity temperament hostile clutter motivation good art work slow and steady work trips creative career coaching critical acclaim stop cluttering organizing for creative people emotional balance business interface to creative businesses clutter great art chaotic guilty purchases living mess free criteria for letting go of stuff successful artist stop hoarding stuff peacefulness symptoms of creativity mess pop music slim-line wardrobe artistic conviction working class artists housework much quicker vulnerability cupboard of shame visualising creative organising tips for clearing spree creative magic subconscious mind popular culture collections clearing as you go artist materials social media quality creative identity workspaces fine art home care being organized business-speak work life streamlining routines disorganization low maintenance strategies commitment options culture normality email overload tidy email bankruptcy the void how to be naturally tidy artistry networking creative confidence precious memories partners friends artist feel like creatiing tidier resentment concentrated creative time clarity of thought branding why organise pop culture social media networking organise self promotion clearing 2018 goals warm down to do list brands buying happiness tidy desk professional mentors creativity anxiety just in case time clutter hoarding mornings missed opportunities inconvenience funding professional encouragement creative person how to work efficiently wardrobe working class culture stay on top of email artist workspaces artists creative people lifetimes emotional support effortlessly tidy Sheila Chandra author cleaning your desk double standard magic business-like friendships green room good friend bulk buy crowdfunding work priorities sacrifice being tripped up fall of innocence tidy people business good creative habits nascent artists living clutter free networking effectively ‘creativity’ grief network tortoise and hare dynamic spaces productivity multiple lifetimes minimalists elevator pitch boredom buying hope efficient work patterns storage clearing clutter platform creative career too busy creative commissions wind down buying wealth creative wellbeing diary artist mentoring binge proposal writing cleaning well organized smart artists trope sheila chandra coaching cry inspiration procrastination buying youth loss new year jealousy overwork brilliant creator peer-to-peer networks clutter addict parent hijacking creativity confident in clothes professional creative career work efficiently myth creativity diary mature artists clearing in short bursts card career strategy stardust absences too many commitments great artists copyright vocation nipping things in the bud buying stardust nurturing creative work innocence introverts how to save time well curated closet