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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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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