Saturday, September 13, 2008

phm studio spaces: v is for violet


Artist Name: Tanyalee Philpott or v is for violet
Shop site: tanyap.etsy.com
Website: visforviolet.com
Blog: etsylove.ning.com/profile/violetlee
City: Whittier, CA (woot!)

Where in your home/apartment/city is your studio located?

We have an older style condo with a rather large living room so my husband and I decided to cut it in half and make work spaces for each of us. My side houses all the fabric and crafty stuff and his side houses all the nerdy computer stuff.




What equipment/tools do you use?

In my art I use a sewing machine, paint brushes, fabric, opaque projector, paint pens, hot glue gun, safety eyes, glitter etc.



Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?

I don't really have an inspiration board but I consider my whole space and inspiration board. From the pics you can see that I love to collect things and they always end up somewhere in my studio. I consider all those silly things my inspiration. I also like that I can look in any given direction and either laugh or feel inspired. Some of the stuff I have around serves to remind me not to make the same mistake twice. I know it sounds weird but I feel like you have to be honest with yourself and realize that not every idea is the best, but they all have potential to be the best. Right now all my little white ceramic pieces are what inspires me, I recently made an albino octopus as an ode to my little white collection...sadly with the recent earthquake in LA I lost some of my coolest little breakables***in memory of my unicorn that turned into a headless horse :(***



How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)

I usually create best when I have a great movie on and my daughter is either sleeping or busy playing in her space. I don't know what it is about T.V but I love to have it on and kinda loud. I think I like the way it makes me feel like I am in a crowded room. At the moment I am obsessed with Lars and the Real Girl, it is full of really funny sayings that I think I would have missed had I been sitting watching.

List (3) of your favorite artists

I love this bag! It is so funny and creative, way to go Kukurbita :)

I think this print is GREAT! I love screen printing and mixed media, yay magic jelly.

I love the idea of paper dolls for those of us that may be a little older than 5 :) and they are so beautifully done. Elsita is very talented.

I chose to use my fav's from Etsy because I like that if someone agrees with me and enjoys the artwork they can just click and buy :) I'm that kind of girl, if I see it, I want it. Plus it is a great feeling to have someone buy your artwork, it makes you feel like someone understands what you love.


If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?

My perfect studio would be in a room with a door so I could make a mess once in awhile and not worry about people coming over and tripping over piles of fabric and thread. Can you keep a secret? I would love to have my husband in that "perfect" room too, I like being in the same room with him and both of us enjoying our little projects :)

phm studio spaces: laurie coyle



Artist Name: Laurie Coyle
Shop Name and Url: LaurieCoyleDesigns.Etsy.com
Blog: LaurieCoyle.Wordpress.com
City: South Lee, Massachusetts

Where in your home/apartment/city is your studio located?
My studio is on the second floor of the 100 year-old farmhouse my husband and I own on the side of a small mountain, in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. It is in the office I share with my husband, which is also known occasionally as our guest room, storage space, and cat-hangout.




What equipment/tools do you use?
I create my illustrations and design my prints and greeting cards with a wide-screen Macbook and Wacom tablet. Some of my other favorite tools include a wonderful little Gocco screen-printer and my HP Photosmart D7460 printer. I print with archival inks on soft gloss photo paper as well as on wonderful 100% recycled papers from Mr. French, which are made using hydroelectricity. I also love to play with fabric and a sewing machine, as well as with all kinds of art paper and tools, including an x-acto knife and bone-folder, a paper cutter, stamps, punches, photo-transfer paper, and, one of the most useful tools around, double-stick tape. My photographs are made with a Nikon D40 digital camera and my trusty Slik tripod.




Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I have a collection of wonderful crafty things hanging around my studio to inspire me, but currently I am gathering inspiration from all things outdoorsy, reveling in the summer and the first glimmers of fall and the beauty around me; animals, flowers, trees, weeds, grasses and bodies of water. I love the colors and textures of the woods, and the aliveness of it all. My husband and I have a wonderful dog and have just gotten some goats and chickens, too, so I'm watching them as much as possible, taking note of how they move and interact.




How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I can often be found working on my computer at the kitchen table or on the couch, half-paying attention to a movie or an NPR radio program. I also listen to music and Hayhouse Radio shows on the internet while I work. I definitely work best alone, and find a quiet house the best place to get things done; distractions are a major problem for me, so I try to reduce them as much as possible. I make lots of lists, so I know what is most important to accomplish each week. When I am working on a painting or other craft project in my studio I always have some music on and the windows open, if possible (of course, 6 months out of the year it's too cold for that here in New England!).



List (3) of your favorite artists
Ryan McGinnness
Tord Boontje
Lotta Jansdotter


If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I dream of having a more cohesive decorating scheme in my studio. And maybe an industrial paper cutter and large-format printer, as well as someday an entire letterpress setup; right now I have a tabletop Kelsey Excelsior that I am refurbishing, but I would love a Vandercook! We painted the room when we moved in three years ago, before I really knew what we'd be using it for, so I think I would like to have a brighter, more inspiring color on the walls (I'm thinking orange right now, but am always changing my mind). I am currently in love with this wooden cubby cabinet I just found at a friend's yard sale; she had gotten it from an old apothecary, and the little cubes work perfectly for my cards, envelopes and tools. Eventually, ideally, I'd like to have a studio in the back of my own little retail shop, in the bustling arts district of a nearby town, where I could walk to work and bring my dog.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

phm studio spaces: ladies and gentlemen

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Artist Name: Website/Shop: ladiesandgentlemen.etsy.com
Blog: ladiesandgentlemenhome.blogspot.com
City: Seattle, WA

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
We currently live in a 1905 apartment located in beautiful Seattle, WA. As far as the L&G studio goes, it's pretty much all over our apartment. I sometime place things on our shelves until the items gets shipped to their new homes. So you can actually see things from the L&G shop pop up in the photos...It's almost like 'Where's Waldo'!....Unfortunately, you won't find Waldo anywhere in our place.

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What equipment/tools do you use?
We have our handy dandy Nikon D-40X SLR camera, our laptops....oh yeah, and Dylan's good ol' 80's bio-diesel Mercedes, name Dieter, who takes us to all of our treasure hunts!

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Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Our inspiration board isn't in one particular location...like the L&G stuff, our own stuff is spread out everywhere as well. Wherever there's shelf space, it's filled with something. That was one of the reasons we had to make the grid shelf...more room for treasures. But mainly it works as our inspiration station where we display our findings. Now, we're both inspired by photography, ceramics, cooking, and travel. Currently we're working on some L&G exclusive designs involving ways to re-purpose & re-create found objects....so, stay tuned!

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
We tend to get lots of ideas when we're traveling, especially when we're flying or on the road. Partly because we get inspired by new surroundings, but also there's more downtime to think and talk about new things. But if you're talking about getting stuff for L&G, then it's all about luck.....We usually find the best stuff by taking the time to dig through places people look the least, that's where the goodies are!

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List (3) of your favorite artists
Pie Hein Eek: We love this Dutch designer's austere yet playful furniture from reclaimed wood.

Gordon Matta Clark: We're suckers for abandon buildings..he took it to the next level by slicing & dicing condemned buildings into works of art.

Nicholas Nyland: A Northwest artist and good friend whose bold uninhibited use of color and decoration makes a feast for the eyes be it installation, painting, or sculpture.

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If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
Our perfect studio would have a super tall ceiling (at least 20 ft) with a loft space, lots of windows and sunlight, and also a whole wall of shelves from floor to ceiling where we can put lots of random collected objects and materials. Oh yeah, we can't forget about the ladder to get to the shelves. Ideally, we would have Euro citizenship so we can have the studio in the Netherlands, too.....next to some farmer's market...with nice well-dressed Dutch neighbors & their cute kids....and it would be close to at least couple of bars and yummy bakeries.....and we'd be buddies with all the cool Dutch artists and designers like Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey....AND they have the most amazing flea markets there! OR we wouldn't mind having the same set up in Japan. Okay, maybe I'm getting a little carried away....it doesn't hurt to dream big, I suppose.

Thanks again for letting me ramble on like that!!
Thank you Jean and Dylan!

ladiesandgentlemen.etsy.com
ladiesandgentlemenhome.blogspot.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

phm studio spaces: the paper thieves

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Artist Name: Stephanie Meurer/The Paper Thieves
Shop Name and Url: smeurer8.etsy.com
Blog: thepaperthieves.blogspot.com
City: Los Angeles

Where in your home/apartment/city is your studio located?
I live in a loft in a supposedly converted cement factory turned bakery (or maybe it was the other way around?). My loft looks like it was originally the loading dock and offices. I have a separate studio space here which functions as my workspace
and office.

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What equipment/tools do you use?
gocco, drill, letterpress, computer, printers, hammer, knives, cutter, sewing machine

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I have a bulletin board and shelf above my desk that not only collects receipts, but unintentionally becomes an inspiration board, with reject items I have printed, photos I like, and old toys. My roll up door serves as a greater inspiration board, as I have small pieces of art on there from people I admire, interesting handmade flyers from my friends' bands, odd postcards etc.

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How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I seem to listen more to music if I'm painting, but not so much if I'm printing. I like to keep the door open and hear them hum of the freeway and neighborhood dogs. If I do listen to music, it'll lean more towards mellow/indie: The Wrens, Massive Attack, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jeff Buckley, Beirut, Calexico.


List (3) of your favorite artists
Trish Grantham
Claire Oswalt
Evan B Harris


If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I fantasize about a barn (or bigger loft space), with built in shelves, air conditioning, lots of light and less dust...and more natural light!

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Thanks Stephanie

Friday, August 1, 2008

studiopalooza: Michelle Caplan

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Artist Name: Michelle Caplan
Website/Shop: Website, Shop
Blog: http://michellecaplan.blogspot.com
City: Los Angeles, CA


Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
Technically my Studio is a 10'x10' room in the front part of my home, but in the past year I have taken over a large part of the homes center spaces. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a huge 4ftx8ft table that easily accommodates larger canvases.

What equipment/tools do you use?
A lot of glue, vintage ephemera, framed canvas, vintage photos, tissue papers, computer, Epson printer, and occasionally my sewing machine.

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Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
My inspiration board is above my computer desk, and is filled with photos, objects and tear sheets that inspire me.

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How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I get most inspired by the photos I find, and the ephemera. My most favorite pieces of ephemera are vintage handwritten lists. I am a neurotic list maker, and find a great deal of beauty in the fine lines of text written in beautiful cursive ink.

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List (3) of your favorite artists (with links - just fill in the blank part in between the code shown)

Jen Renninger
Betsy Walton
Francesco Clemente


If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
One day I dream of having a huge barn, or separate structure located in back of my house to work in. I keep threatening to convert our garage into a workspace, but never seem to find the time! I dream of organization and order. It would be so nice to have everything in one room/space and be able to escape the masses of paper at the end of the day!!

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studiopalooza: the little stitch

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Artist Name: the little stitch
Website/Shop: thelittlestitch.etsy.com
Poppytalk Handmade: Table 117
City:las vegas

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
My studio has actually taken over the dining room.

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What equipment/tools do you use?
I very old but reliable kenmore sewing machine, different blends of felt, lots of printed & unbleached cottons.

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Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I have a inspiration board & over 5 full sketch books filled with magazine clippings that i've worked the last 10 or so years accumulating. My biggest inspiration at the moment is actually 2 different japanese magazines -
Milk, childrens magazine & the fashion magazine - Fudge.

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?
I mostly listen to non stop music at night (radiohead, klaxons, nine inch nails & brmc) or have bravo tv playing in the
background when I sew.

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List (3) of your favorite artists

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theblackapple.typepad.com
letrainfantome.typepad.com

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
That would be a run down farmhouse somewhere in the country, preferable where I grew up in western new york. I'm still working on that hopefully when the lease runs out on this place that will be next.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

phm studio spaces: nikki martin (khiti)

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Artist Name: Nikki Martin
Website/Shop: khiti.etsy.com
Blog: khiti.blogspot.com
Images: flickr.com/photos/khit
City: Brooklyn, NY

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
Anywhere I can find space in my apartment in Brooklyn

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What equipment/tools do you use?
Silkscreen paint, pens, pencils, Singer machine, cotton, linen

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Most of my ideas come from random things I see on the street and in magazines.

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How do you create best?
Lots of space and natural light. And if there's lots of tedious cutting to be done...a good epic movie.

List (3) of your favorite artists:
Angela Adams
Lotta Jansdotter
Ashley G & Drew

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Thank you Nikki!

phm studio spaces: sweet pea ink

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Artist Name: Cristina Sequino
Website/Shop: sweetpeaink.com

Blog: sweetpeaink.typepad.com/borntofly
City:Leesburg, VA

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
A dedicated room in our basement.

What equipment/tools do you use?
My computer, Adobe Photoshop, Epson R2400 Printer, Vintage Clip Art & Ephemera

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Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Yes. I keep two magnet boards side by side. One to display projects I’ve just completed, and the other for bits and pieces of work I admire from others. I so admire the photos of studios that are perfect clean, tidy and sparse. That is so not me! I am definitely a lover of the visual, and keep bits and pieces of inspiration, color and tools all around my space.

How do you create best?
Flipping through magazines and catalogs will send me off on creative spurts. Scraps of vintage paper, old photographs and antique fairs are all sources of new ideas. I will actually create about 20 different note card drafts and then delete them all because they are not “just right.” Then the “right one” will come along and BOOM I’m off on a creative whirlwind.
I’ve been told that my creative process is, “backwards.” I rarely have the end product sketched out or even finished in my mind. I start out with one small image, idea or quote that I like and then piece things together from there.

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List (3) of your favorite artists

aliedwards.typepad.com
teresamcfayden.typepad.com
rebeccasower.typepad.com

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
Love my studio, just dream of having windows to let in the light!

**Special news…I just found out Sweet Pea Ink will be mentioned in the August issue of Stampington and Co., “Artful Blogging” magazine!**

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

phm studio spaces: domestic construction

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Artist Names: Domestic Construction (Trish Andersen and Maureen Walsh)

Website: domestic-construction.com
Blog: no
City: Brooklyn, NY

Our studio is separate from our apartments... it is located in Greenpoint Brooklyn on Dobbin Street. Conveniently a short bike ride between both of our apartments, it's cozy but efficient.

We always have our hands in some new process... we use anything from delicate needles to saws and drills. We have two sewing machines and a serger. We built a light table to expose screens for screen printing. Every day/project consists of a different tool/process, this variety drives us. We could leave the studio covered in saw dust one day and dye the next...

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We are constantly gathering inspiration and imagery, all the walls in the studio become a revolving inspiration board. We are particularly fond of hiding the inspiration in unknown spots to be discovered later. Right now we are especially inspired by the transformation of materials and objects to create innovative and engaging surfaces. Our consistent source of inspiration and smiles is our marionette Wilson! He's quite a funny man.

We need music to create... if there is silence we both go crazy! Our I-tunes is always on shuffle to keep things moving. We also do a lot of free association brainstorming and no holds bar material process exploration.

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Some artist we love include:

Tara Donovan
Ghada Amer
Pamela Wiley - our favorite mentor and dear friend


We would love to have a larger space with a whole wall of windows to keep all the different processes from overlapping. We'll keep our fingers crossed...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

phm studio spaces: natasha mileshina (bubbo)

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Artist Name: Natasha Mileshina
Website/Shop: bubbo.etsy.com
City: Silver Spring, DC

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
Right in our bedroom, in 1BR apartment.

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What equipment/tools do you use?
Paper, pencils, pens, iMac and green tea with honey

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
We moved here recently, so whole my inspiration board in a folder right now. Now I am inspired by old books, travels and martha stewart magazines. New places inspire me a lot, that's why I love traveling. Especially to old Europe — a lot of wonderful things around and visible because you are new there. My favorite places are Switzerland and Netherlands, the places where I have an urge to do something. I always carry around my small camera – to take inspiring things with me. And I am dreaming of Japan.

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How do you create best?
Under the pressure, I think — tomorrow deadlines, few projects happening all in one time, plus party the same night... That's for me :)

List (3) of your favorite artists:
Currently I am in love with those —
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gesinehackenberg.com
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and stylist: rebeccathuss.com

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I would love to have studio with lots of storage space. And somewhere in Netherlands, please.

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