Thursday, May 17, 2012

Behind the studio door

Lately I have had a few people ask me about my art studio and how it is set up. I really don’t think my studio is anything special but after several requests for a post about my ‘creative space’ I though I would give you a bit of a tour of the highlights.

I have always had a deep fascination with the workspaces of creative people. I love to trawl through books about artists and designers where it shows them in their work space. From paint splattered chaos to squeaky clean minimalistic white walled rooms, each studio reflects the artist who works in them and I think the studio speaks worlds about that person and how they work.

So what does my studio say about me? Not really sure. To be honest I don’t think I have been in my studio long enough to give it my personal stamp yet and make it my own. I moved into this studio at the beginning of the year and I am still setting things up so that they work for me. My studio is at home and this has it’s perks and it’s downfalls but so far it’s working well and I love waking up and coming into the sun filled studio, opening the big glass double doors and having a cup of tea on the little balcony before I start work for the day.

The thread draw
part of my work desk

I have two tables in the studio. A smaller one where I sew and then I have a big table that I use for large drawings, mounting of the artwork and anything messy like resin casting and painting. It is great to have the two zones as I am often juggling a few projects at once and this lets me sew on one table and mount on the other table without having to constantly clean up after myself.

Part of my ever evolving inspiration wall
samples of work that may never go any further than this wall

My inspiration wall is constantly changing and evolving based on the projects I am working on at the time. I also pin up little samples and prototypes as I make them, I think it is always good to have your work around you so you can see where you have been and where you are going.

part of the library

Books are a great resource that I come back to time and time again for inspiration with my work. As you can see I have quite the library going and I am constantly adding to the collection. I have never been able to walk past a great book – buying books is my little luxury. Recently I organized my books into rainbow order on the shelves (must have been a quiet day in the studio). Funnily enough I now find them easier in this shelving format than when they were organized by genre or alphabetically. I guess it goes without saying that I am a visual person. 

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