Karen Valentine's 5th Annual Where Bloggers Create Tour (Click on the link to visit lots of other artists' inspiring studios. See list in her sidebar). Since my space hasn't changed that much since last year, I decided to freshen things up on a bit on the blog with a new photo of myself and a wider main column to allow my photos to be larger. Just little tweaks, but it feels cleaner to me. But on with the tour! Come on in and let me show you around...
I'm lucky 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
|Can you tell I like little houses? I store treasures and supplies inside my vintage doll house.|
|Old game pieces, my stash of pearls, and other trinkets crowd the shelves.|
|Precious old photos of my mother-in-law and my dear old dad (how great is that cowboy outfit!?)|
|A tiny guardian angel perched on top, watching over the stash|
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.|
|My Etsy inventory is low right now...but I'm busy making new items! Check back soon.|
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 added these cool old metal cases last year, and finally got around to filling them up with jewelry supplies:
I've dedicated one shallow shelf to my collection of cute face cups. I'm always on the lookout for more:
Baskets on the shelves hold stamping supplies, soldering equipment, and more. The vintage white doll case holds glass and cutting tools.
Continuing along the wall, I have closed cupboards plus my photocopier, printer, and computer.
(sorry dear husband, I know how much you HATE glitter!)
Next to the desk is a storage closet. 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.
|Sorry this photo is so murky!|
|This is a clearer example of the type of illustration I do for sewing pattern companies.|
Well, that's the end of my tour. Thanks so much for visiting and seeing where I work and play. I'm so looking forward to spending 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!