Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create-2012..................... My Studio Tour!

Welcome to my creative space...come in and take a look around!
This is the door entering my studio/office.
I'm pleased to be joining in again on Karen Valentine's 4th annual, 2012  "Where Bloggers Create" party!  (Click on the link to visit lots of other artists' studios. See list in her sidebar).  I'd love to show you 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' (jewelry, mixed media, collage).  I'm showing you the "company's coming" version of my space--in real life it is MUCH more chaotic, with several projects going on at once, and messes left everywhere. I am a hoarder collector of SO MUCH stuff, this room is pretty packed full.  And what doesn't fit in here, is stashed in other parts of my house, much to the chagrin of my patient family. I can't help it....I love so much crafty stuff!  And, like most of you, I love to be surrounded by all my treasures!  Let's get started on the tour...

As you enter the room, there is a long counter with file cabinets below and shelves above.  There used to be a bulletin board just to the left of the shelves, but I recently replaced that with an old dollhouse.  Can you believe I got this handmade cutie in the Goodwill Bins?!!

I just love the scalloped edging!  It even has old wallpaper on the walls and lace curtains on the cut-out windows.  Old game pieces, my stash of pearls, and other trinkets have found a new home!
This old house has great details!

A tiny guardian angel perched on top, watching over the stash

Strange bedfellows: pearls and bingo cards

Vintage game pieces, and favorite old photos

Beneath the big house are a couple of smaller wooden houses.  One of them has hooks inside and is just perfect for my etsy jewelry inventory:
The bird hooks below hold samples for the soldering classes I teach.

I just opened my etsy shop this week!  I'd love for you to visit my little shop, too (see side bar).  A new adventure for me!
As we keep going to the right, you'll see shelving, cupboards, and filing cabinets holding lots of supplies.  Like many of you, I like to collect old baskets and cases for storage.  I've added a few new ones since last year.

These are my "new" metal boxes I found while out thrift-shopping. I think they used to hold photo slides.  Love how flat they are.  I don't even have anything in them yet! I just like how they look.  But I think they'll be great for jewelry-making supplies.  Maybe for next year's tour, I'll show you what I will eventually put in them!
A funny thing about these boxes: I found TWO of them in my trusty Goodwill Bins, then saw a lady walking around with a THIRD ONE in her cart.  I followed her for a while, then finally got up the nerve to ask if she'd part with hers.  She was nice enough to pity me and let me have my "set".  (I'm not sure I'd have been as generous...) But, I mean, three is SO much better than two, right??!!?  Even if they ARE empty!!

Baskets on the shelves hold stamping supplies, soldering equipment, and more.  The vintage white doll case holds glass and cutting tools.
And I've dedicated one shallow shelf to my collection of cute face cups.  I'm always on the lookout for more:

I have an ugly open paper storage case on the counter below the shelves.  I thought about putting a simple curtain over it, but I think I'd get frustrated trying to move it out of the way when I needed something out of the cubbies, so I think I'll just leave it in its practical, ugly state.  I tend to prop up things in front of it.  Here are the things in the current rotation:

On the left is a print I just bought from the brilliant Cori Dantini, and one of her greeting cards, too.  Next to it is a darling book by the talented Salley Mavor, whose exquisite felt illustrations are scrumptious.  I got to meet her at a lecture and book-signing recently.  I'm in awe of her work.
Continuing along the wall, I have closed cupboards plus my photocopier, printer, and computer. 
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.

(The next two pictures are from last year's post, since not much is different now. ) The french doors lead out to a small balcony, so even here in rainy Oregon I get lots of natural light. The pennant banner above the doors is also part of my blog header, and welcomes crafters who come to the studio to attend our collage and soldering workshops.
Usually the worktable has a project or two on it,  and NEVER looks this tidy.  Here, my little dog Barkley can often be found, staying close to 'mom'.  For our "Collage College" classes, this table is joined by another smaller table, and can accommodate 8 class participants who gather to do some creating.  During class, it usually looks like this:

Right now, the table is cluttered with a couple of current projects.  One side has an angel painting  in the works:
And the other side of the table has wire bird nests in progress for my little soldered shadowboxes:

(The rest of this tour is a repeat of last year's posting.  Hope you don't mind, but it's all pretty much the same, so I'm just showing it to you again.)  As you look at the next wall,  you see more cupboards and shelves and a HOARD of old musty books that I cannot resist lugging home anytime I find them.
I have so many old dictionaries, it is ridiculous.  But I love them for collage and they make me smile.  I also cannot say no to old sheet music, and maps, and wallpaper.  Not to mention scrapbooking paper.  It keeps stacking up, higher and higher.
The baskets hold textiles, trims and laces.  Then there are my tins full of old postage stamps, and cute wooden boxes filled with old buttons sit below the little window.
The cupboards hold many supplies, catalogs, and bulky stuff.  Since I'm left-handed, I put small built-in drawers on the left side of my drafting table, so all my pencils and pens are easy to access.
My drafting table is the hardest thing to keep organized.  As I work, I am just MESSY, and end up doing my work on any tiny clean surface I can find.  The built in light box is invaluable, and its glass top is great for xacto-cutting.

The drafting table is definitely the workhorse area of the studio.  Big bulletin board above, with random stuff piled on. A-a-a-and we're rounding the corner to our starting point (phew! I'm about you?).
Since this is a photo from last year, you can see the bulletin board on the right, where the dollhouse is now.
Next to the desk is a storage closet, and where I hang the apron I wear for classes:
More hoarding lurks behind the door, in a semi-organized state--bins full of this and that:

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 few 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"

Thanks so much for visiting!  It's fun to have you come and see where I work and play,  and I can't wait to spend the next couple of weeks peeking inside your creative spaces.  So many kindred spirits out there--and a special thank you to Karen Valentine for hosting this wonderful event where we can all hobnob with each other!  Again, I'm so glad you stopped by, and I'm hoping you'll leave me a comment and let me know you dropped in!  And I'd love for you to become a follower...a girl can never have too many friends!

 And now, I'm off to go snooping inside your studios!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My etsy shop...I FINALLY did it!

As of a couple of hours ago, I am the proud proprietress of my own little etsy shop!  It has only taken me about 3 years to get off my duff and just do it.  (I am kinda famous for my procrastinating ways, and this kinda proves it...ahem)  Who knows if my items will get any attention in the vast sea of other etsy goodies?? There is certainly a LOT of competition out there.  Yes, I regret not doing it when the notion first struck, when there were far fewer sellers.  But you know what they say about hindsight...

I do have a new-found appreciation for the amount of time it takes to do a listing, and hoping that as I get used to it, it will go faster.  I took forever taking the photos, and I'm still not really satisfied with the quality--but what can I expect from my little point-and-shoot?  Here's one of my favorite shots of the bunch:
So, onward and upward!  I really wanted to get the shop up and running before the "Where Bloggers Create" Tour starts this weekend.  Mission accomplished!  Yippee skippy!