Monday, April 7, 2014

Victoria Green - Joanouk Fine Art and Prints Studio Space

  • What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?I use traditional media to create art prints for the home.  Currently my favourite medium is watercolour but my sketches are copic markers and pencils. 
  • Where do you do your art/crafts?I have a spare room (Study) in the house and I've got a nice table by the window for natural light.
  • How do you keep all your supplies organised?I am still figuring this out because my computer and packaging supplies are in another room so it feels a little disjointed but I have a storage cabinet for all my paints, sewing machine, pencils and the rest sit on my desk.

  • How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?I don’t mind my space messy when I am working because I know where everything is and I’m using everything I take out. But once I finish a project I have to pack everything away and give the table a wipe for a fresh start.
  • Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?Containers for everything – I have my brushes in a glass jar and the larger ones in a pringle can! I have bought a little draw unit but took the draws out so I can place things on the empty shelves. Also have specific spaces for things – books in one area, brushes in another so they are easier to grab when needed. 
  • Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?Only if it stays that way for a few weeks – I still have a full time admin job so I don’t get much time to paint so I guess I have some patience.

  • If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?I like the area I have but I would definitely get more storage – line the walls or more containers – you can never have enough containers! 
  • Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space?I don’t think my space is my limitation but thinking about postage costs! I would love to head into large abstract acrylic art but asking a customer to pay for shipping and organising a courier is something I don’t have time for with a 9-5 job. 

  • What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?It would be to fill it with more supplies and possibly get some outdoor plants so I don’t have to stare out into a green fence when I am stuck for ideas!
  • Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Joanoukwww.madeit.com.au/joanouk



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Suzanne McRae Art Studio

What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
I am a mixed media sculptor, but have a degree in ceramics and have run my own costume business for over a decade.

Where do you do your art/crafts?
I create my sculptures at home in my workroom and sometimes in the loungeroom. When the weather is lovely, I often do some handsewing or finishing work on the front verandah sitting in my rocking chair. I can see the world go by but am just hidden enough by the roses so as not to be noticed!


How do you keep all your supplies organised?
I have cube shelving, thousands of little containers that I have collected over the years, and some big old boxes with jumbles of fabrics and offcuts. I use cork boards on the wall and sketchbooks for the organization of my ideas.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I naturally work in a tidy way, removing things I am done with before pulling out the next step or project.... but I am sure I think my space is 'neat' when most would call it oraganised chaos! Also, having a 3 year old daughter forces me to tidy up, as she would love nothing more than pulling everything to pieces!


Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
Clean as you go. Then there isn't a big disaster at the end. A few moments putting little things back where they go is well worth the brain space and dread it saves.

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
No, I am a fast worker and a fast cleaner.... so if things become a bit out of control I don't find it stressful to quickly throw it all back into order.


If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
A high ceiling pale coloured room, with a long wall of windows looking over either a gnarly witches garden or a busy central city street. Big sturdy tables and a computer station by the windows. And perhaps a big television for watching my favourite films as I work.

Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space?
I would love to revisit Raku firing in ceramics. Also huge ceiling height soft sculptures.



What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
A new table!

Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?


Friday, September 6, 2013

Submissions for ‘Where People Create’ are Wanted!

Submissions for ‘Where People Create’ are Wanted!

Requirements photos of your workspace, studio or where you work on your art. About 2-6 photos are ideal you can e-mail the photos or just send links to the photos.


Also the following questions must be answered:

  • What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
  • Where do you do your art/crafts?
  • How do you keep all your supplies organised?
  • How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
  • Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
  • Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
  • If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
  • Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space?
  • What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
  • Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?
A photo of your work will also be included at the end of the interview.

If anyone is interested, please send the required details and/or any questions you have to: amgartstudios@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Helen N. Hanson's Studio


What kind of arts/crafts do you do?
I make paper collages inspired by the inner journey and quest for enlightenment and expression. I use all non toxic materials because I am an artist living with a form of vasculitis known as Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly known as Wegener's). I have chosen to use the limitations brought on by the disease, including extreme chemical sensitivities, as a reason to dedicate myself to making artwork. For me, it is a way to be still and learn to see with the eyes of truth.

Where do you do your art/crafts?
My studio is a safe zone where I can control the materials I bring in and how they get used to avoid triggering reactions in my immune system. On the other hand, the studio is a universe of exploration, which is never completely safe, always risky in some way. I am fortunate to have dedicated space to work in my Montana home, where I live with my husband and two children. We garden and keep horses on the property, which people tend to agree has the look and feel of a mountain resort. I enjoy having guests, but privacy and quiet is more conducive to art making. It’s all about balance.


How do you keep all your supplies organised?
Papers are grouped by texture and size. Natural materials (e.g., bones, nests) are on display for inspiration. Inks and pigment pearlescent powders are arranged by colour  Gel Mediums and Acrylic paints are kept in a certain part of the studio.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
My disease limits my energy on a daily basis. I am naturally motivated to keep things simple, so I can find what I need, when I need it.


Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
Make set-up and clean-up into rituals that feed into your creativity. Setting up can be an incantation of sorts, inviting creative spirit into the space, cleaning up can be a prayer of thanks. An artist can maintain a spiritual connection to his/her tools by treating them respectfully and with dignity.

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
I cannot afford to become overwhelmed. For me, allowing a mess in the studio is self-defeating. Human energy is finite, precious, and not something to waste.


If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
Every day I hope to wake up and have the energy to do what I want to do in the studio. When I look out over the Montana mountains and see the beautiful light pouring in, I feel content. My dream would be to be able to blink my eyes and be in the heart of a vibrant urban area, then be transported back here in an instant, to peace.

Is there any craft you would love to do but can’t due to limitations of your art space?
I must keep the studio well-ventilated due to the very real danger of dust in my lungs. I would love to have a high-power air purifier which would keep that danger in check, so I could focus in a more relaxed way on my art making.


What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
A maid! LOL, seriously, anything that will help keep down dust and remove particles from the air.

Is there a website for people to see or buy or art/crafts?
I invite people to view and purchase the collages on display in my Etsy shop. 

Etsy.com/shop/nontoxicspiritart

I also make and sell speciality papers for other artists to use in their work, and have a few one-of-a-kind handbags for sale. 


Finally, I have written a book on gifts humans receive from animals, Meditations with the Animal Kingdom, that is available for downloading to Kindle-compatible devices at:

www.amazon.com/dp/B005PYI4R2

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Emily Jeffords Studio

What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?  
Oil paintings, collage and assemblage artwork

Where do you do your art/crafts?  
In my home studio in Charleston, SC


How do you keep all your supplies organized?
I have a room dedicated to artwork which houses two tables (for creating, drying, and displaying) two book shelves (full of supplies in boxes, artwork on display while in my online shop, and supplies for art shows), several drawers, and my inspiration and to-do list wall (ideas, lists, images and artwork hung with washi tape)

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I work in there all the time.  My work table is white, and I love watching it go from completely clean to full of supplies, and then completely clean again.  Every night before I stop working I make sure that I leave my space neat - ready for a fresh day tomorrow.  



Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised? 
Delight in the appearance of your studio.  Decorate it.  Make it the most wonderful space in your life.  Then you'll be upset when it is messy or dirty.

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?  
No, because I know it only takes 30 min to put it all back together.   In my case, a bit of a mess it a good sign.


If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?  
Huge windows, hardwood floor, overlooking a quiet down town.  Preferably, right over a coffee shop.  

Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space? 
Welding.  I think it would come in very handy in my life.


What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?  I just remodelled my studio, so I'm quite happy with it.  


Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?  www.EmilyJeffords.com

Thanks to Emily for the taking the time to photograph and take the time to answer the 'Where People Create' questions, thank you! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Amg-Arts Studio



What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
I am a Mixed Media, Textiles and Paper Crafts Artist. I am also currently studying a BDes (Hons) in Textile Design in National College of Art and Design.

Where do you do your art/crafts?
At the moment the Art Studio is based inside the house, in Co. Meath, Ireland.



How do you keep all your supplies organised?
With lots of drawers, shelves, and storage boxes, everyday tools that I need I have hanging on clothes racks over the desk so I don’t have to go in search of them.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I guess with running my blog ‘Where People Create’ and seeing all the beautiful and organised spaces gives me the motivation to clean the art room and have it looking presentable. I love House and Home magazines too so if I see a study area or craft room picture in it I like I clip it out and keep and when I need that ‘kick’ to clean the room I look at the picture and get to work making it look as good as the picture.


Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
I find that the large plastic drawers are good so you can pull out the complete drawer and bring it over to the floor/desk where you are working and when I’m finished just slip the drawer back into place. Keep all your items grouped like all your textiles stuff together, all your paper crafts bits and pieces together that way your not running around your studio too much when working on certain projects. 

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
I hate clutter guess it’s my O.C.D and if it’s too bad I can’t work, I clean and reorganise the studio a lot every few months it’s the only way to find better ways to organise and have the studio work to its full advantage for you. 


If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
Floor space and lots of windows or skylights. 

Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space? 
Yes, limited to size of work I can do but hopefully in the near future will be moving to a bigger space. 


What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
Can't think of anything at the moment, but can always yes to new fabric :)

Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?
http://www.amg-arts.com/



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Bettyoctopus Studio Space



What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
Felt creations: artwork, brooches, bracelets, hair bands, cards, keyrings and very cute felt clocks.

Where do you do your art/crafts?
At home, my craft space is my daughter's playroom by day and my office at night.


How do you keep all your supplies organised?
I previously had a corner in the living room where all my supplies were piled up. When it became apparent that I needed more space (and a desk!) I thought carefully about how I worked and what I needed at
hand etc. I found some cute metal filing drawers in Ikea and each drawer houses something I use regularly.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I find it really easy now that everything has it's own place. My husband works from home and can borrow my desk when I'm not there but he's under strict instructions to tidy up after himself!


Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
Have everything you need on a regular basis at hand - keep scissors/pens/pencils in pots on your desk. I have all my findings (brooch bars/keyrings/brads etc in an art organiser in a drawer so I always know where everything is. I keep my metal die cutters on a magnetic knife rack on top of my metal filing cabinet, so I can access
and store them away easily.

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
Yes! It's been great having my space in the playroom too because it's taught my daughter to tidy after herself too.


If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
I'm very lucky and have my dream space now, but I'd LOVE a cutting table and huge rolls of felt. And a better view.

Is there any craft you would love to do but cant due to limitations of your art space?
Not any more. I make felt clocks and desperately needed a desk to build them but I have that now, so I'm crafting much more than I could before
.

What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
I have a blank space at the moment so I want to decorate with more artwork and prints.


Is there a website for people to see or buy your art/crafts?
www.bettyoctopus.com


A BIG thank you to Jess, for answering my questions and sharing her fab studio photos with us! Thank You!