Inventory and The Dry Bits of Art Making

"The inventory process and stepping back in your life can sometimes be a very dark process. But it also can be extremely funny and surprising. " -- by Craig Charles photo from Unsplash by All Bong.  

"The inventory process and stepping back in your life can sometimes be a very dark process. But it also can be extremely funny and surprising. " -- by Craig Charles photo from Unsplash by All Bong.  

I think every artist will tell you that there is at least one aspect of their business that they detest.  My two bugaboos are shipping and managing inventory.  Inventory is just tedious.  I have everything cataloged on Excel, but the system isn't' robust enough for me.  I need to easily add images and be able to keep track of which organization I've promised which work for which time?  I tried out Gyst (Get Your Shit Together) a few years ago and believe I need to retry it. I liked it at the time, but I was feeling lazy and gave up on all the data entry required.

Why is this becoming so important to me now????  Well, in the last three years, I've moved to another city and then had a stroke which seriously affected my short term memory.  I have work that didn't survive the move or has just simply gone missing.  I need to take it out of inventory.  And as I start showing more again, I need to know who I've promised what work to exhibit.  I used to keep all that data in my head and as a fool, I keep thinking I can still rely upon my brain.  So, a robust data system is required.  Gyst is now an all-encompassing artist software system which has everything I need in one tidy place.  My New Year's resolution is to get organized. This will do it.  And building a new storage unit in my home with everything clearly labeled is another plus in my favor.