Tuesday, September 2, 2008

phm studio spaces: ladies and gentlemen

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.


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 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!


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, 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!