Through this paper/presentation, I identify the risks to artists that unorganized, non-archival studio practices pose, I describe the basic principles and practices of archiving and of personal archiving, and I argue that through applying archival principles to their studio practices, artists can improve the searchability and longevity of their work. I contend that a purposeful implementation of archival practices is worth the artist’s time and interest. Concluding with an examination of the ways in which the archival impulse enters the conceptual realm of artmaking, I round out a comprehensive examination of the impact that a knowledge of archival principles and theory can have on an artist’s practice.