Saturday, September 13, 2008

phm studio spaces: v is for violet

Artist Name: Tanyalee Philpott or v is for violet
Shop site:
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:
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

Artist Name: Website/Shop:
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.


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!


Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
Our inspiration board isn't in one particular 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, 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!


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.


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, 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 doesn't hurt to dream big, I suppose.

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