Sunday, September 12, 2010

StudioScapes: Chapter 1


Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Links to the first two projects, Secret Sunday and The Book Guild, can be found on the sidebar of my blog.


StudioScapes is the third project and Chapter 1 starts right now! All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to submit a photograph of a favorite art-related vignette from their home or studio.
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A peek at a shelf in my studio. The vintage books are to alter, not to read -- just wanted to note that since one is The Bobbsey Twins and another is a weird Freemason Meeting Guidebook.
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This photo is of my work space where I make jewelry and accessories.
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My vignette is actually my desk which is nestled into the closet of my studio, complete with drying shelves and a corkboard of inspiration (including a constantly changing gallery of inspiration ~ currently a photo of Georgia O'Keeffe, bunny drawing by my nine-year-old daughter, a Cathy Cullis poetry bracelet, a Connie Geerts digital painting, gesso recipe, etc.)
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The picture I chose is of a wall in my studio. Some people find it too "busy"; but I prefer it that way. It's a lot of my favorite things, sentimental memories and just inspiring things that I like to tape up there.
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When friends spend the night in my guest bedroom, they are treated to some fun books on their nightstand. These are a few of my altered books that my honored guests are treated to.
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I have always had a large piece of old coffee table glass covering my desk area. Rather than use an inspiration board, I have always slid cards and bits under the desk glass. My latest glass collection is of my own images, created over the last year, for the various art challenges on-line. Because my desk is in front of a 6 ft. window, the reflection of the sky and apple tree outside create an interesting effect.
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A glimpse inside part of my studio supply cabinet.
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This is my vintage school collection. I have an old student desk and school lockers where I store art supplies and lots and lots of old school memorabilia including a round robin "School Days" altered book. When I moved into my studio I had the intention of giving homage to the "Life is the school and love is the lesson" philosophy.
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My work area (just one part of it) in our garage. I try to spread out everywhere I can.
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My makeshift art space.

30 comments:

Jill Zaheer said...

Just love this first edition of your StudioScapes! What a feast for all of my senses. It's like taking a peek through a keyhole into all of these wonderful participating artists studios and seeing a very special area- marked "my favorite". Really enjoyed clicking on all of the pictures to enlarge them and viewing all of the wonderful details- from word signs, to the inspiration boards, storage components, dolls, old books and altered books, special trinkets, the glass on the table, display areas for works of art, skeleton heads and those school lockers- it's all been such a treat! Seth, thanks so much for this amazing new edition within your Pulse. Just never know how you do it all!!

ArtPropelled said...

Where it all happens .... how ispiring is that!?

Marit said...

Oh Seth, thank you for this pulse.. I LOVE peeping into other artist's workspaces!! I'm drooling over the stuff and Oooh my, dreaming of my own room someday (that day is coming closer as my son just started studying at the university... as soon as he finds a room there, I will take his... balance the "not so nice" (him going) with the "yahoo" (me having a atelier) moment! YOu have a lovely Sunday my friend! (oh - I voted... I'll keep an I on your questions and answer them whenever I can, altho some are hard with only 2 or 3 answers possible - I'm a Libra and always "somewhere in between" and "yes, but" or "no, only if" )

Sharmon Davidson said...

How cool is it to (virtually) visit other artists' studios? It's like getting to peek into their heads- I love it! Thanks, Seth!

Regina Dwarkasing said...

HI Seth,

Great, this first edition of the artists workspace, looking forward for the next issues! Enjoy your Sunday,
Regina, St. Maarten

William said...

I wish these artist spaces were a little more messy. I must be a pig!

Lisa said...

it's great to see spaces where artists create.. so different yet all inspiring!

deb said...

I'm with William, I'm glad you can't see my space right now it looks like a bomb went off up there. I love open studios and when artists talk about their process, its a glimpse behind the magic. Thanks for initiating yet another must see Sunday tradition!!

Outside The Lines said...

So fun to catch a glimpse of the studios of so many creative people....love to see where the magic takes place!

La Dolce Vita said...

I know I am inspired!! thanks for the tiny peeks!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh great Seth.. I love artists spaces...

Jessica said...

It's always a treat to see other artists' workspaces. Thanks for this edition of The Pulse!

Kim Mailhot said...

Very cool to see where artists do their thing, isn't it ? I think these people are very tidy compared to me but I love how each one had a decor included in a "work" space. That artist eye is always engaged I guess.
Thanks as always, Seth, for connecting us in so many great ways !

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a wonderful vicarious trip into the heart of an artists creative workspace. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

alteredbits said...

oooh, this is such an amazingly fantastic post! i read through, clicked on all images to get a better glimpse into people's spaces and worlds, the read and enlarged again. so wonderful to see where everyone creates and other fabulous nooks and crannies. thanks so much, seth!

elle said...

This is just super; an inspiration, a wonderful idea, a confirmation, and an "why didn't I think of that" all in one scroll! Thanks

Robert said...

What fun taking a peek at portions of other artist's studios with these vignettes! I find it quite interesting to see another artist's workspace simply because it is often a kind of extension of the artist's personality and can give you clues as to how a given artist works, and why their art looks like it does. I especially like the idea of changing images on bulletin boards or walls for inspiration. Jean's idea of placing artwork and/or other inspired snippets under coffee table glass on an often-looked-at studio table is an awesome idea. The reflection of the tree in the glass is an amazing bonus (great photo)! StudioScapes is off to great start, Seth! Looking forward to seeing more of the "heart and soul" of the creative workspace in the weeks ahead!

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Cool !!
I really enjoy seeing all those wonderful studios.
I like those 'busy' ones.

Thank you Seth.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Well, you blew me away. I am always interested in where others create, and what wonderful tools they use to organize and keep their art supplies. Thanks for doing this. You must spend all your time sorting and organizing. What a great blog service.

Gillian McMurray said...

Oh yeah! These are great images. I love seeing all the little details in studios. Can't wait to see the rest of the Studioscapes.

rebeca trevino said...

great stuff . . . some of these studios look a lot like my work studio, only mine is messy-ier .

Tracy Carlton said...

i love this ~ how inspiring! thank you to all the artists for sharing a glimpse of their spaces, thank you seth for such a great series!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

oh how delightful
I do enjoy photos so much and admit I sometimes balk at lots of text ... lazy I know!

Thank you for presenting another brilliant series for us to savor and enjoy Seth!

Thanks to Jean I did not miss your first installment :)

Kim Palmer said...

The next best thing to being there, voyeurism at others art spaces! A great inspirational idea Seth.

Jeb said...

Very cool! I actually posted some pics of my studio on Saturday....we must be on the same wavelength. http://junkytrinkets.blogspot.com/2010/09/studio-saturday-revived.html

Dyche Designs said...

I love these, it's always wonderful to take a peek into others spaces. I especially love how Elizabeth leaves out altered books for her guests to read and I was particularly drawn to Don's workspace. Can't wait to see more.

darlene aKa HugGeR said...

Interesting to see what each feels there fav spot is. I love um all they are just express fun and creativity!

Stephanie said...

This is the best! I LOVE peeking inside studios...so much wonderful stuff to look at.

x..x

Limar said...

This is really exciting, and very inspiring! Thanks for the tour :)

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay, I love these. I think bits of studio are yummy. I'm trying to imagine a wall that's 'too busy'. No. not possible! However, I don't have enough wall space in the studio, because my shelves and stacks are 'too busy' !!

Thanks for all the photos, people!