Thursday, July 31, 2008

phm studio spaces: nikki martin (khiti)


Artist Name: Nikki Martin
City: Brooklyn, NY

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

Picture 1
Work Desk 2

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.


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


Artist Name: Cristina Sequino

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


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.


List (3) of your favorite artists

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!**


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

phm studio spaces: domestic construction


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

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...


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...


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

phm studio spaces: natasha mileshina (bubbo)


Artist Name: Natasha Mileshina
City: Silver Spring, DC

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


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.


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 —
and stylist:

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.


Artist Name: sarah ahearn
City: Ithaca, NY

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
My studio is a few blocks away from our apartment in a lovely little building that used to be a little furniture store. It's a cute (and small) space I share with a couple of graphic designers. We each have our own space, but it's nice to have someone else to talk with or bounce ideas off of once and a while. I have to confess though, that today i am painting/working from my back porch which is really cozy on a rainy, summer day like today!

What equipment/tools do you use?
Most of my work is done with acrylic paints, mixed media (pencil, colored pencil, and pastels) and collage. For the collage, I have lots of old books that I cut up, especially dictionaries.
My biggest tool though is my 600 lb. letterpress named Gordon.
I recently aquired an large old set of drawers (flat file) that has been just the perfect spot to organize all of my prints, organization is really important in a small studio.

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Yes, I actually have an inspiration wall, along with a few boards throughout my space. I use the orange wall next to my desk as a giant ever-changing scrapbook of ideas and inspiration. I also have mounted a large piece of homosote (bulletin board material) to the back of my work table. I post sketches and ideas there along with little bit of ephemera that I collect. I am constantly inspired by the combination of text and image. Lately I have been inspired by the phases of the moon, and I am working on a whole new series illustrating the moon and its different phases.
How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I have to say I love listening to NPR and to audio books. If I am really concentrating though, silence is best. I generally have music on in the backround too- I am listening to the latest from she &him and feist.

List (3) of your favorite artists
So many wonderful artist out there- but these artists make me happy-
lucie summers, amy ruppel, and michael cutlip.

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I would love a studio in a barn, in New England, in my own backyard with lots of sunlight and a poured concrete floor to hold up my heavy letterpress and tables. In addition, the space should be big enough so that I can teach classes and hold open studios. Someday soon I hope!

Thank you Sarah!

Monday, July 28, 2008

phm studio spaces: signs by diane


Diane Coyle

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
It’s in the finished basement of our home. It used to me my kids’ playroom but my sign business has now taken over.

What equipment/tools do you use?
Power saw, power sander, paint, stain, sealer, computer, die cutter

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
No I don’t have an inspiration board but I do save pictures of great looking signs. I get my inspiration from driving around and seeing signs as well as going to flea markets. I also love to travel and we recently went to St. Paul De Vince in France where there was an incredible assortment of signs hanging out on the streets of the boutiques and shops.


How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?
I love to listen to classic rock. It gets me motivated!

My favorite three artists happen to be very contemporary although I love vintage.

Dale Chihuly
George Nakashima
Annie Haslam
Annie Haslam is a good artist but I have to admit that she’s my favorite singer! Amazing voice!!

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
My perfect studio would be a nice large cottage out back (with a lovely view of the ocean. but I’m dreaming now!) I would have lots of room to spread out with lots of table space and everything nicely organized. A place for everything!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

phm studio spaces: olive

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Artist Name: Fallon Akers
City: Henderson , Nv.

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
My little work shop is in our spare bedroom. As I began to sell on Etsy My fabric collection grew too large for the kitchen table!

What equipment/tools do you use?
My Sewing Machine, cutting mat, a grid for measurments and a rotary cutter.

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Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I do have boards for things I like but I find most inspiration from things I see. Often times I see things as they are not meant to be. One of my pillow designs is of a sheep. I got the idea from an illustration of a man. Sounds strange I know, but to me I saw an adorable sheep with long skinny ears.

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?
I MUST listen to music while I create. Its a big inspiration. I often listen to my music folder found on my blog where you will find my favorites like Morrissey and Badly Drawn Boy. I also can listen to Frank Sinatra for hours. My creativity flows best when I have new fabrics to work with so I make many stops to the fabric shop. I create late at night often until 3am so I usually have a coffee or a spike (energy drink) to keep me from nodding off and I tend to snack on oven made orange rolls, yumm :)

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If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio? I would love a small old house near the beach with noisy floor boards and lots of windows.

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phm studio spaces: pixel impress


Artist Name: pixelimpress
City: Snoqualmie,Wa

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
My studio currently occupies a spare bedroom in our house. But most often I find myself working at the kitchen table to be near the puppy, the TV, and the kitchen for quick snacks.

What equipment/tools do you use?
Paper, paper, and more paper!, bone folder, envelope lining templates, rubberstamps, ink, glue, paper cutter, laptop, epson printer, silk ribbon, ...


Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I have an inspiration bowl filled with home decorating magazines, photos of plants in my garden, and just yesterday I picked up a box of matches with the most gorgeous colors on it.


How do you create best?
I create best when I know there's nothing else pressing I need to do but make stationery, a sound asleep puppy, and "Fatal Attraction" on in the background.

List (3) of your favorite artists:
Yikes! They don't have websites, but their work is in my studio. The gorgeous and so-detailed-that-it-blows-my-mind watercolor of paintbrushes on my desk and the orange graphic canvas on the top shelf that's actually a distorted photograph of a pansy.

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I'd love to have a room with lots of windows, antique tables where I can spread out several projects at once, loads of storage for all my supplies, and walls covered with inspiring artwork.


phm studio spaces: brooklyn rehab


Artist Name: Alyssa Zygmunt
Blog: coming soon
City: Brooklyn


Where is your studio?
I live in it. It's everywhere. Space is a luxury in New York City. Books in the kitchen and a bike in the living room is not an uncommon practice here. As an avid collector it was even more important for me to learn the art of displaying, storing, and rotating my obsessions.

What equipment/tools do you use?
Gocco Machine, Paper, Stamps, Punches, Vintage Trim, Powershot SD400 Digital Elph, Lowel Digital Imaging Light, HP Color Laser Printer

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
I live life with my eyes wide open. I'm always seeing inspiration in store windows, blogs, magazines, museums, and flea markets. I'm addicted to supplies and trying new techniques. I have just about anything you could ever want from glass etching kits to ceramic molds that I made myself. I keep most of my ideas in my head but I do store leftover paper scraps, tears from magazines, and random findings on clip boards.


How do you create best?
I would not call what I do creating in the traditional artistic sense. It is more like curating, arranging and combining interesting things in new ways. These moments often happen weekend mornings after building up ideas while day dreaming at my corporate fashion design job. If I could, I'd collect and craft all day long from the back of my real store. One day I hope!!!

Please take a tour of my home here

List (3) of your favorite artists

Helga Steppan
Chris Kenny
Judith Hoefel

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
More natural sunlight. As you can see from the pictures that there is no direct sunlight. Luckily my little balcony and backyard are easily within reach.


Thanks Alyssa!

phm studio spaces: nice


Artist Name: Caitlin Holcomb of Nice
City: Chicago


Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
The second bedroom of a 2 bedroom apartment I share with my boyfriend. I just got the room set up so these photos show the sort of bare bones (nothing on the walls and my fabric and things hadn't yet been unpacked).


What equipment/tools do you use?
My computer is my most favorite tool. From photoshop to the internet and so forth, it's a huge part of my work process. Drills and dremels have come in pretty sewing machine, though I have to say, I do a ton of hand sewing.


Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Growing up I always seemed to have inspiration boards happening at some place in my bedroom, but lately I haven't been needing that. I tend to save random images to an inspiration folder on my computer, and magazines seem to still do the trick (though I never cut them up). I like to quickly skim through my inspiration sources so my brain doesn't become too saturated. The closest thing to an inspiration board in my work space right now is a huge piece of cardboard which I propped up like a science presentation board from middle school! We rent so I didn't want to put holes all over the walls, so I've been using it to pin up my vintage crochet trims and doilies that I use for my light shades. This has been a great help as it allows me to see them always and pick and choose as I go.

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
When I am working on projects for Nice, I have been doing a pretty ok job at making sure I wake up at a normal work day time, though it might still be true that my creativity and work ethic really shine in the evening! It's sort of a battle..haha. My most favorite artist to listen to while I work is Colleen (, and this has been true for several years now! When I need something upbeat I listen to a lot of old bossa nova and various artists that have stayed in my favorites for some time. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I often tell my blog readers and Etsy customers that if they send in photos of their purchase I'll send them a mix cd in exchange!


List (3) of your favorite artists: - First, I have to say my mom. She has always encouraged my brother and I to be creative and she is a wonderful inspiration. Ever since I can remember she's been making beautiful things. She is also the kindest person I have ever known.
Henry_Darger - I never grow tired of Henry Darger and his work. I love his story.
urner Classic Movie channel - I have so many favorite artists, so I decided for my last link to instead include a favorite source of inspiration. I absolutly love the Turner Classic Movie channel. If I watch television, it's usually that. I am a huge fan of old movies.

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
I just moved into this apartment so I'm pretty thankful to have the space I do now. I'm pretty fortunate to have it. But a girl can dream...My dream studio would be in or near where I live, have tons of natural light, painted white wood floors, huge counter height tables, tons of storage, should probably be right off of some beach yet still close to a fabric and art/craft store and probably also near a nice bakery/cafe!


Thanks Caitlin!