Friday, May 4, 2012

Studio Inspiration




Hello friends!
I've been meaning to share some of my current studio/workspace inspiration with you. Me and Aaron have been self employed/work-from-home artists for more than 16 years I think. And in all that time I can't say that we've ever possessed our ideal work studio. At one point we had a big warehouse space where we manufactured our own line of hand painted furniture...but even then it seemed like we'd end up doing our design work in some tiny corner while our materials and finished stock would occupy 99% of the place. And then, when we had a retail store...the studio space in the back room started out pretty good...(we had an entire giant wall stuck floor to ceiling with magazine tear sheets and other inspirational ephemera...it was fabulous)...but soon it got filled with overflow merchandise and tons of unfinished furniture. Again...we ended up huddled in a corner. And as far as a home work space goes...we never lived in an apartment big enough to accommodate the studio of my dreams.
But I think the whole idea of having the "studio of your dreams" is sort-of a myth...an unattainable goal...or maybe even a Catch 22. Like, if you're doing your best work in there...and if you're doing a whole lot of it...(which is what every self supporting artist desires most)...then things are gonna get messy, crowded, jumbled, unruly, cluttered, etc, etc...
There's the quote "never trust a man with a clean desk". And that goes for artists. A perfect studio is an unused studio.

But I'm still gonna dream. As of late, the dream studio in my mind has changed. Moving to a new home is what affected this change. We moved into this house...very busy with other stuff and possessing no budget to do things perfectly. So for sanity's sake we pretty much painted everything white...making it a clean slate...a blank page. And then filled up the place with all of our fabulous stuff. Well, what was supposed to be a temporary fix, I think became my new desired look. White is clean, bright, and doesn't fight with all of my stuff. Whether it's my shelves of inspiration, or the stacks of works in progress...the white only amplifies my goodies. My colors pop...undistracted. I've been pinning a lot of workspaces like this. These are some of my faves. 
But most likely...colored walls are on the horizon. Who am I kidding? I am a paint lunatic! 














I'd LOVE to see YOUR studio space....or current faves!
I'll share pics of our progress soon!
xo Jenny

10 comments:

  1. I sort of feel like you do, the perfect studio is kind of a myth. My space has been overwhelmingly messy for the last 1-2 years, with piles of half done projects, experiments, finished work, shipping supplies, and jewelry supplies.

    I recently began organizing it, and now I actually *enjoy* being in there. It actually inspires me. I'm not sure it's ever going to be totally pretty and perfect, after all its a studio (and it has plain cement floors for a reason lol).You can check out my post about my new organized finished jewelry table in my studio here: http://macaronsandstilettos.blogspot.com/2012/04/studio-snapshots-tiered-jewelry-stand.html

    xo

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  2. You are right, art is messy! The best we can hope for is organized chaos. :)

    In my perfetly imperfect studio, I painted 2 1/2 walls white and 1 1/2 walls rainbow craziness. Some pics here: http://victorialynnhall.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-perfectly-imperfect-art-studio.html

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  3. These photos are dreamy!!
    I had to face that my studio could never be in a magazine or in your blog, I feel kind of detached from it, I love to have only huge tables full of my acrylic paints and sewing kits, the fact that I'm sharing it with my husband too doesn't give me the feeling to really own the place!
    But this post give me so much inspiration and maybe we'll arrange a solution, even if my favorite studio is Mark Ryden's: full of dolls and curiosities and it's not his style!!
    xxx Edie

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  4. It's so hard to create the perfect studio. I don't have a studio, but I have an awesome huge room where I work and pretty about the result.

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  5. Great post ! My studio is very messy, but I don't seem to get anything done in it! Right now I am working at the dining room table.....decoupage and button bracelets. Maybe I'll take a pic to share. :o)

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  6. @Aubree Your lil bits of studio eye candy are totally smile inducing! :) cute!!

    I'm happy with at least one little area tidy and sweet. I know it will never be picture perfect. And I'm actually fine with that. I honestly have a method to my madness! ;)

    xo

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  7. @Victoria ...ohhhh wow! The COLOR!! Totally a place to let go and just have fun!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo

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  8. @ Edie..... Ohh gosh..I know that if Aaron and I created art separately we'd have very different looking studios! We often dream of owning a big old house where we could do just that. Aaron's would also be part library/writing room. Lots of black, and grey, and bits of red. :) One day!! One day!! :)

    xo

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  9. I'd LOVE to see pics @Tereza & @Lori!! :)

    nothing wrong with dining room studios! :)

    xo

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  10. I am so with you on that particular sort of studio "look"... since we just moved and I can decorate our bedroom however I wish (my husband has his own office now since it's a 2 bedroom, so our room is sort of my studio I guess), we bought a white ikea desk and a white bookshelf, and I want all of the other furniture in the room to be white as well, I just love that look! I've got some of those same photos saved for inspiration too. Our walls aren't white and we're renting so we can't change them, but we're working with what we have. I'll definitely be posting photos once I get it close to how I want it, which may be a little while.

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