Inspiration For Taking Your Art Beyond The Studio Walls

Today’s guest editor is Jeannine Stein, Senior Editor of Studios magazine. The following is Jeannine’s letter, introducing the Fall issue of Studios, which is available now. Her letter alone is a great read; get even more inspiration for your space (and beyond) here. Reading this reminded me that creativity cannot (and should not) be contained! (Tweet this quote) ~Cherie

“A few years ago, while touring the home of an accomplished weaver, I had a revelation. The weaver had a dedicated studio, with a tabletop loom, a desk for sketching, and other tools and supplies, but her work wasn’t limited to just that room. As she led me around the house, I saw substantial floor looms in the living room, and her intricate weavings were beautifully displayed almost everywhere around the house.

Barbara McIntyre, featured in “Assembling the Pieces” (Studios, Fall 2014), uses this gallery wall to display completed and in-progress pieces, allowing her to review and study them. Photo by Bill Dewey

“My traditional concept of an artist’s studio—a single room where creativity happens—was forever changed. I realized that the way this artist had broken out of her studio is the way so many artists live—surrounded by their art, tools, and materials, with no defined creative and non-creative spaces. If you love to make things, you want to have them around you. And if it makes more sense to have a sewing machine in the bedroom or a tabletop letterpress in the living room, then so be it. This is especially true for people living in artists lofts, where there are few, if any, physical barriers between living and working space.

“In our story on artist live/work lofts, you’ll see how painters, mixed-media artists, quilters, and musicians merge their art and life into one space, and how they’ve built a creative community inside a renovated mill. Then take a peek inside the NOMAD Art Compound in Los Angeles, California, where artist Damon Robinson has created a studio that combines screenprinting, letterpress, rock 'n' roll, a book store, a photo studio, living quarters, and a pool. Fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli explains how her love of making things turned her home into a showcase for her artistic endeavors.

“This issue is also packed with design ideas for your studio. Learn how to make an industrial-inspired textured wall, see how you can display your artwork in style, and let Nature inspire your decor.

“If you’ve been itching to hang your art quilts in the kitchen and move your collection of assemblage pieces to a prominent spot in the dining room, go for it. Break out of those four walls. You’ll be glad you did."

Warmly,
Jeannine 

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