The studio revamp is underway. Soon we will be knocking down walls and rearranging every last inch of this space. Demolition is not my forté although I must admit that taking a sledgehammer swing to a few walls has a certain allure. Regardless, I have been swimming around in a sea of inspiration, studying other artists’ studio spaces and homes to try and put a finger on the pulse of how I how to create a space that feels like home. I’ve collected vintage frames for years. and use them whenever I can. They seem to instantly add texture and a historical flair to anything they are in proximity to.
Our new collection launch in May boasted photos by photographer friend Shane East. Many were styled with my beloved frames creating a virtual art gallery of painted paper collections.
So for the new studio space, particularly my personal space within it, I am planning to create a salon-style gallery of my favorite pieces. Over the years I’ve amassed collections of china, buttons, vintage velvet flowers, old books and odds -n- ends that are far to pretty to reside where they currently do, in my back room storage space. So I am thinking in clusters now, whether it be clusters of glass jars filled with buttons or cluster of frames from floor to ceiling. I want to surround myself with the pieces that have inspired over the years and leave breathing room for those that are to come.
From top left, I love a gallery of frames, scones and what not to create an eclectic composition. Empty frames create a feeling of hope for me. A Scottish frame shop window with stacks of frames, oooh I love! Salon wall in this painting creates a ominous sense of proportion I find fascinating. Frame wall stickers, ours would be painted, could be interesting mingled with the real deal.