Cleaning out & setting up my studio has made me even more interested in artists' live & work spaces, & how they divide & incorporate their living & working worlds. Johanna Burke creates magical & wondrous window displays for Bergdorf Goodman, & her home is in the same industrial building as her studio. Her living area is a well-thought out space with a spectacular wall of paned windows, shelving galore & beautiful columns & walls that show their patina. Her home has the aura of an incubator to me, with rows of books, tools at hand & pieces of art & interesting objects to inspire. And oh, that view. And that light.
Her studio space feels equally as stimulating, yet simple & practical at the same time. Definitely a place where you can roll up your sleeves & get lost in your work, with no worries about leaving a mess or roughing up your more precious possessions; separate enough from your living space, yet conveniently in the same building. Precisely what I would like to achieve, though on a much smaller scale in my little subterranean studio (yet with lovely natural light & a wee garden view - lucky me) in our home.