Hello and welcome to Art Office! My name is Carla Baudrons, I’m the boss around here.
I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of energy and focus from being around other people, and I’m easily distracted and hard to motivate when I’m alone. However, as an artist, I prefer to work alone, which unfortunately means I don’t get a lot of work done!
For years, I searched for a professional environment or career path to solve this problem for me, but I couldn’t find one. So I decided to make my own.
Art Office is a support system for independent artists, modeled after a typical office workplace.
My mission is to help artists (myself included) rise to a more fulfilling creative standard by providing the framework of social interaction and accountability needed to get there. Because a lot of us work better, harder, and more productively when we feel responsible to our coworkers and our community.
Here at Art Office, we clock in, clock out, take breaks, and chat around the water cooler. We attend regular meetings where we discuss our individual projects, objectives, milestones, and achievements. We have open studio hours for the public to watch us work in real time, and we even have a party planning committee!
Not every artist is fiercely protective of their creative space, and not everyone struggles to motivate themselves. But for those who do suffer from this particular combination of stresses– you are not alone, and you don’t need to be alone in order to make art work for you.
The word “art” comes from a very old root word meaning, “to fit together,” and “office” comes from another old word that means, “doing work.” Here at Art Office, that’s our goal.