You have arrived at The Mag Rag studio....come on in! I'm so glad to be participating in the "Where Bloggers Create-2011" party! (Click on the link to visit lots of other artists' studios...there are hundreds on the tour! See list in her sidebar). I'd love to show you around all the nooks and crannies where I create. I'm lucky enough to have a room dedicated solely to the artwork I do both professionally (illustration, graphic design, textile design) and 'just for fun' (collage, jewelry, mixed media). I am a hoarder of SO MUCH stuff, this room is pretty packed full. My stash has also spilled over into my laundry room (broken china/mosaic), guest bedroom (fabric, fabric and FABRIC), and garage (up-cycling furniture and more), but I will spare you the tour of those scary nether regions. What's inside this door may be hair-raising enough...
I've decided to just start in one corner and sweep around the room, showing details along the way. Just as you enter, there is a long counter with file cabinets below and shelves above.
The bulletin board to to the left of the shelving is a hodgepodge of stuff that inspires me, including odd forks and spoons (my husband comes in and just rolls his eyes), old game-boards (I have about 20 Chinese Checkerboards alone) (more eye-rolling), collages, photos, jewelry ...well, you get the idea.
|I frame favorite collages and keep on the counter. These images were all reduced and made into soldered charms for friends.
Baskets on the shelves hold stamping supplies, soldering equipment, and more. The vintage white doll case holds glass and cutting tools. Lots of game pieces end up in clear containers.
I just had to have one of these Bailey's face cups (below) years ago from Red Robin restaurant. Now, whenever I see one while out thrift-shopping, it comes home with me!
Continuing along the wall, I have closed cupboards plus my photocopier, printer, and computer. More baskets and boxes are above the wall of cupboards, holding more stuff that I know I don't need but can't seem to get rid of.
Next to my computer monitor, I've hung some of my mixed-media angel paintings. I scan the originals and from them make wood-mounted prints and cards. I usually have a few of these paintings in the works.
|(If any of our workshop people are reading this, we hope to have a new fall schedule out soon. The one in the sidebar is woefully outdated)
|doesn't EVERYONE keep a bowl of rusty garters on their desk??
The inside of the door holds several illustrations done for Simplicity Pattern Company. I spent years as art director of Daisy Kingdom, Inc., a fabric, craft, and publishing company based here in Portland, until it was bought out by Springs Industries, and they did a great deal of licensing with Simplicity. I still do freelance illustration and design for them and other clients.
|I have a lot of skill sets, but photography is NOT one of them....sorry for the lousy pics. Definitely not my forte!
So now we are finally done with my studio tour. And I'll leave you with one last photograph which is all too apropos:
|The cut-out hand pointing into my studio aptly once read "DUMP HERE"
Opening Soon: my etsy shop will be offering my angel paintings and prints, as well as soldered 3-d shadow-box bird charms (seen in the upper left column). If you're interested please check back for link!