Friday, March 5, 2010

Marlies Haselton's Studio

Marlies Haselton

What kind of Art/Crafts do you do?
My favourite media is Collage but I also enjoy Printmaking and recycling old paper into cards, tags and envelopes. I have a large collection of old magazines, books, calendars, sweet wrappers, labels, comics etc. waiting to be used in my work. I have a lot of fun creating bright canvasses with animals doing crazy things like drinking tea or playing tennis.

Where do you create?

I used to do my work at the kitchen table but that wasn't very workable. In order to have a dedicated space we decided to build a small Art Shed in the back of the garden. It is a tiny place filled with light and I do most of the work at a large desk that we saved from the proverbial skip years ago.

How do you keep all your supplies organised?
2 large IKEA storage units, an old school desk, a small filing cabinet and a few drawers keep things more or less organised.

How do you keep yourself motivated to keep your space tidy?
I am not a very tidy person and things get quite messy very quickly, but I always want to have a clear space when I start a new work. That's when I am motivated to tidy up!

Any tips for how to keep art spaces tidy or organised?
I think I'm not the right person to ask for tips on that subject as most people have a much better idea how to go about it!

Do you get stressed out when your space gets in a mess?
Funnily enough I never get stressed when I'm in the art shed, not even when it's messy.

If you could have your dream space tomorrow what would it look like?
My ideal studio would be 3 times as big as it is now with a coffee machine, more shelves, lots of windows and a double sink. If I could also have a large cast iron printing press I would be on cloud 9 and would probably move in there!

Do space limitations get in the way of projects you have in mind?
I love to have a large Printing Press but just haven't got the space or the money.

What is the next big thing on your wish list for your art space?
More canvasses and more paint. New good quality brushes.

Where can people view your work or purchase it?


Examples of Marlies Haselton's 'ArtShed' Work

Thanks to Marlies for allowing me to publish her studio photos and for taking time to answer my questions! Thank you!


  1. What an adorable art shed! I dream of having a space completely away from everyone like that and yes a coffee maker would have to be squeezed in their somewhere!

  2. Having a shed like this would be a dream! So cute.