Tuesday night I spoke about Mighty Uglyish things at a new gallery here in Vancouver called Hot Art Wet City. It was my favourite kind of talk, in that the discussion part of it lasted far longer than the speaking-at-people part. It was a small group and we had a meaty conversation; I left with a lot to think about.

One thing we discussed is what my friend Boris live-tweeted me calling the industry of gloss. I had mentioned the jealousy lots of crafts bloggers have been writing about recently, and admitted it’s not something I’ve really experienced myself. Perhaps that’s because I’m a natural skeptic, and I’m inclined always to look through the gloss to what might be the reality behind it. When a blogger who works at home with her three kids never has crumbs on her counter, it just never occurs to me that her counter really never has crumbs on it. I mean, kudos to you if your home is spotless all the time, but I don’t much mind that mine isn’t.

Anyway, I said I was going to take a photo of my desk, without tidying it or otherwise styling it in any way. Maybe I’d ask all my readers to do the same, so we can pull back the curtain on that industry of gloss a little. Will you do it?

Will you blog or tweet or Facebook or pin or Instagram a photo of your workspace in its current condition? Say yes! Hashtag it #NoGloss and leave a comment with a link so everyone can see!

I guarantee no one will judge you. Like the relief we feel when someone we respect tells us about a mistake they made, I guarantee you this will be an exercise in collective catharsis. Or your money back!

So. I took this photo first thing yesterday morning. (I’d intended to publish this post yesterday, but I got derailed by my little rant.)

photo of my messy desk

Your turn!

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Town Hall

Fun idea. We’ll take a pic and post it.


I always find it strange when creative people (especially) have immaculate homes and desks etc. Mess comes with the territory for me.. and every single creative person I’ve ever met in real life. ;-)

Anyhoo, here’s my desk, sans gloss: http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2013/05/this-is-my-desk-no-gloss.html


I’ve maintained a flickr set “workspace 365” for several years now. I started it because my husband had a difficult time with my tendency to clutter in our tiny one-bedroom nyc apartment. Now we have a house, but I continue to add to it semi-regularly to remind myself to a) pick up and b) show others it’s rarely picture perfect… and if it is, it doesn’t stay that way for long.

here’s the full set – http://www.flickr.com/photos/peninah/sets/72157607076153040/with/8804238011/

this is today’s desk – http://www.flickr.com/photos/peninah/8804238011/

MK Carroll

My desk at home: http://instagram.com/p/Zvv7qYmgB0/

I also have a desks at two other locations, but those are shared and kept much tidier as a result. Here at home, it’s all me.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x