December 21, 2011

top shelf atelier

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.

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  1. I loved having a studio when I had one. It was in my backyard and I could always make a 50 step trek back into all my projects. I could be out there all day just messing around and then when I was done just walk away. I loved being able to leave everything there.

  2. I think that's the key - being able to leave everything there. & having it close, yet separate. I'm trying to imagine a viable on-the-road solution: studio suitcase? :)


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