I admit it: I'm a studio voyeur. If I could peek in the windows of my favorite artists' studios without getting arrested, I'd do it in a hot minute.
And being a mixed-media kind of girl–jewelry, paper crafts, fibers, just about anything you can imagine, really–my studio hit list wish list is pretty long. To browse through what must be drawers and drawers of antiquities, ephemera, and gorgeous papers in Anna Griffin's studio would be heavenly to me. To see all the papers and found objects in Susan Lenart Kazmer's studio would feel like well-curated time travel, I bet, and the idea of being able to watch over the shoulder of my favorite jewelry designer Cathy Waterman or metal clay magician Christi Anderson as they sketch or create jewelry makes me giddy.
Boy was I relieved when I first discovered Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazine a few years ago. I figure any guilty pleasure that they can make a magazine out of can't be so bad, right? Apparently I'm not the only one who loves to see inside artists' studios! So I asked a few favorite mixed-media jewelry artists to share a look inside their studios with us.
Kristal Wick's Mixed-Media Beading, Jewelry, and Fabric Arts Studio
|Kristal Wick's mixed-media jewelry studio . . .||. . . and Kristal Wick's dream jewelry studio, which belongs to her friend Linda!|
"I have tried to keep a neat studio my entire life and that gene seems to be missing!" Kristal says, "Here's my buddy Linda's studio (my dream studio), and here's my attempt at organizing my studio! This is about the neatest I get. I have finally embraced my inner hoarder and faced the fact I will someday be on the show. I just hope they don't throw out my beads!
I have to agree with Kristal on this point: "This is how my brain works; I need to see my goodies to trigger inspiration, new designs, and color palettes. When I keep everything put away, neat and tidy, I feel better–like I can breathe again–yet I usually forget everything I have and sometimes buy it again! What's a clutterbug to do?"
Gail Crosman Moore's Lampwork Glass, Felting, Metal Jewelry, and Mixed-Media Studio
|Gail Crosman Moore's mixed-media jewelry and accessories studio|
"So, here is the best unadulterated view of Crosman Moore Central," Gail says. "In this room, through alchemy, I turn pods into copper, clay into metal and glass into whatever I fancy! As far as order is concerned, I struggle. I missed that gift when they were handing attributes out. It takes an inordinate about of my energy trying to tame my materials and organize my space; I just keep trying!"
Eleanore Macnish's Lampwork Glass, Metals, and Mixed-Media Jewelry Studio
|Eleanore Macnish's lampwork glass, metalsmithing, and mixed-media jewelry studio|
Eleanore on her studio: "My studio is an odd bird. It is my refuge, my workspace, and also a very familiar space for friends–which makes it different from many studios! Most studios are refuges for the artists that inhabit them, but mine is also a space for friends to congregate because it is what we, here in New Mexico, call a casita! It is a room with a bathroom and a sink, separate from our home, with French doors that open out onto our patio. It is a place to sit and talk when a friend "just needs to talk" over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (depending on the time of day), and during the summer months when we have barbeques on the patio, friends wander in and out, sit and talk and explore the studio . . . looking in all the little nooks and crannies and drawers, which I love (and because they are my friends, I never have to clean up!). Everyone just carves out a little space on which to set their glass if the tables are full of projects!"
Mixed-Media Jewelry Studio Organization Tips
Eleanore stores her jewelry-making findings in these "screws, nuts & bolts" organizers from Home Depot. "I put a little piece of orange masking tape on each drawer and label it with a Sharpie (not blue paint tape–it peels off and is too dark; white did not work well for me either–it blended too much; this orange was just the ticket.) I use it all over the studio and have found it is much easier if I keep all my labels consistent, kind of like my brain doesn't have to filter out different colors, but if it is orange, it is a label, so my eyes just scan the orange labels all over the room. If I move that particular finding or stop using it all together, I can just peel off the tape and put on a new piece. And in the bottom of the drawer, I tuck the business card or receipt of the business from which I bought the findings, so when I need more, I know where to find them, how much they cost, etc.!" Brilliant! See more of Eleanore's studio (and get more great jewelry-making tips).
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