The excitement buzzing after announcing the new guest artist series on Redemption Stories each Monday is thrilling. So many of you responded via comments on the blog, personal messages and emails letting me know you are eagerly anticipating reading the stories each one of the guest artists will be sharing.
Imagine then, how excited I am to announce this second series running on Wednesdays!
Yes, ten weeks of Studio Spotlights featuring a different guest artist each week. Oh how curious we are, as creative types, to see where others create. We pour over pictures in magazines, and have entire Pinterest Boards dedicated to other artists studios, hoping to glean ideas from the organizational skills and environments of our peers and those we admire; and even to just be inspired by the view that inspires them!
As in the Monday series, I am so happy and humbled to have had so many guest artists agree to share their creative spaces with us here on my blog. Each one will share at least a couple of shots of their studio or dedicated creative space, even if it is just the kitchen table, and will answer four questions:
1. What is your favorite time of day to create and why? 2. What do you love most about your studio? 3. What can always be found in your work space? 4. What dream supply would you purchase if money were no issue? - or alternatively – What medium would you want to learn if time were no issue?
To kick us off today, I am featuring shots of my own studio and also answering the interview questions.
1. What is your favorite time of day to create and why? My favorite time to create isn't a specific hour as much as it is about the atmosphere. I am easily distracted, so whether I am writing or working on collage, when the house is quiet and empty I am better able to get into the flow of creativity. Either one requires the ability to tune into what is going on inside of me, to listen to the voice within. If there is activity or noise happening elsewhere it interrupts the flow and I find it dampens my creative voice and ability to be mindful of the work in front of me.
2. What do you love most about your studio? I love that after the number of years I've been working as an artist, I have begun to really understand what I need out of my work environment and have streamlined the room to suit these needs. I especially love that, in spite of the fact that collage is a messy medium to work in, I can tidy up very quickly when I've finished a body of work because of the thought I've put into how and where to store everything.
3. What can always be found in your work space? Absolutely essential - paper and glue. Other supplies can come and go, but what I do always comes down to paper and glue.
4. What dream supply would you purchase if money were no issue? - or alternatively – What medium would you want to learn if time were no issue? My dreams are pretty simple. I have this ginormous antique swing arm paper cutter that I love, but it is cumbersome and difficult for me to cut large sheets of paper to square. After managing to cut a hole in a favorite sweater last week, a new modern paper cutter has moved to the top of my dream priority list. They are expensive, so it may be a while before the coveted tool is mine.
So there you have it, a glimpse into my studio. So who else, I hear you wondering, will we be visiting with over the next ten weeks? Well without further ado. . .
Studio Spotlight - Wednesdays
1. Tonia Jenny - Feb 26
2. Sue Stover - March 5
3. Michel Fletcher - March 12
4. Jason Twiggy Lott - March 19
5. Patrica Oblack - March 26
6. Laura Lein Svencner - April 2nd
7. Tye Johnson - April 9
8. Anca Bonner - April 16
9. Leslie Avon Miller - April 23
10. Kristina Honn-Trudell - April 30
Be sure to click the link to get to know each artist a little and get ready to be inspired!
Come back the Friday to find out what the third ten week series is and who the contributing guest artists are.
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