After college, I spent a few years sitting in ergonomic chairs in front of desktop screens under fluorescent lights, and I could feel my life slipping away. I mean, it’s not some uniquely sad story, right? David Foster Wallace says that this experience is one of the hallmarks of adulthood: MONOTONY! I eventually traded in the monotony of non-profit communications for the monotony of grading papers, which I then interspersed with the monotony of arranging meals, negotiating clothing choices, and entertaining a tiny yet despotic overlord. AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I QUILT.
It’s always fun to consider what the world would be like, though, if creative people were in charge. I’d imagine the average workplace would look something like Craftsy’s offices, which are located not far from me in Denver. At the generous invitation of my section editor, Kourtney, I drove down for a tour a couple of weeks ago. I had zero idea of what to expect; in the crafting circles, Craftsy has a reputation for folks who work hard and play hard. I was not there, but apparently their stamina for beer and 80’s music at QuiltCon 2013 was epic. In the middle of the workday, would employees be hunkered down in their cubicles like me circa 2004? Or would I wander the halls and see pandemonium: the video editors doing shots, or Angela Walters arm wrestling between takes with Eleanor Burns?
What I actually saw, while not quite as revelatory as the above thought experiments, is pretty much an argument for maintaining a functional and productive workspace for creative people. (more…)