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Studio Tour :: Mima Store

 Mateja in her home studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mateja in her home studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Studio of : Mateja Lukezic

Shop: Mima Store


 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Mateja's husband and dog Ben

Mateja's husband and dog Ben

 Mateja and Ben

Mateja and Ben

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Where is your studio located? 

I'm lucky that I have studio where I live, which sometimes is more challenging, especially when there are school holidays and my kids are at home. My home and studio is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is a beautiful old European city full of creative people and artists. In the summer time there is always something happening like festivals, street theater, concerts, art fair's and creative workshops.

 Ben on his walk route

Ben on his walk route

 Nature inspiration

Nature inspiration

How did you get started in your craft and what inspires you?

I was a graphic designer for years in one of the biggest trading company. Work in that company was to limited for me, not enough creative work. It was not an easy decision, but I decided to quit my job and go to college again. It was scary at first, especially because the children were still small, but I needed to follow my dream. I graduated with a degree in  scenography and 3D animation.

I have been drawing since I can remember and illustration was always close to me. One day I needed to make illustrations for puppets, for the show in a theater. From that I found my passion from childhood again. I created my brand Mima, which comes from my nickname. My inspiration for my illustrations is everything that surrounds me, my family,  my dog Ben, nature, books and people.

I still do graphic design and I have creative workshops for kids, but illustration is my first love.

 Mateja's computer and desk

Mateja's computer and desk

 work in progress

work in progress

 work in progress

work in progress

 a watercolor in progress

a watercolor in progress

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

I can't imagine what it would be like without my sketchbook, watercolours and computer.

 Ben rules the studio

Ben rules the studio

 A view from the studio

A view from the studio

 another work in progress

another work in progress

 workspace

workspace

 workspace

workspace

What's a typical day in the studio like? 

I start a day with a fresh squeezed lemon juice and a cup of coffee. Then I go for a walk with my dog Ben. I take my camera with me and capture life around me and Ben, which is often my inspiration for my work. This ritual is always the same no matter what, but after that it depends of a day. If I don't have any meetings in the city I start creating new illustration, sketching or working on a project, preparing photo material for Social media and so on. Mornings are always part of the day when I'm trying to do the majority of my work, before the kids come home from school.  The evenings are mine again. I work late at night, when everyone around me is sleeping. It's quiet and a night owl like me is the most creative at that time. While working I love to listen folk or classical music.

 tote bag

tote bag

 cat brooch

cat brooch

 card

card

 adorable animal brooches

adorable animal brooches

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

I feel satisfied while I'm working , the fact that my work is something I love, it's part of my life and I can't imagine being without it. The feeling to have a happy customer is the best reward I could get. I'm thankful for everyone who has supported me. Because of them I can live my dream.

A big thanks to Mateja for sharing her studio and her work with us!

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Studio Tour :: Merry Mery

Studio Tour ::  Merry Mery

Location :: Santiago, Chile

Owner :: Maria Bradley

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Where is your studio located?

My studio is located in the flat where I live with my husband, in beautiful Santiago, Chile. We moved here from Spain almost two years ago, and our neighborhood is both a quiet residential place during the weekends, and a busy business place during the work days. I'm so lucky to work in this studio with so much light, huge windows and a balcony with plants and flowers that brings a little glimpse of nature into my space even living in the middle of a big city. 

How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?

Well, I've really been working with my hands since I can remember. The first thing I've sewn was a pouch made with plaid wool from an old skirt when I was 10 or so, and I´ve never stopped sewing since then. Being a teenager I started sewing my clothes, and making gifts to family and friends for special ocations. But my crafts becomed a real business when I got married and moved to Seville. I began working with furniture restoration and recycling, until we moved to Madrid. We had no space to furniture there, and I decided I needed an online job just in case we moved again to another city. So, making bags again and opening my Etsy shop was a natural way to go on doing what I love the most: sewing and working with my hands.  

And about what inspires me, well, I'm really inspired with so many things and inspiration may come at any time. I can be thinking on something else, and suddenly find a new bag or a way to improve the making process. I know I should have a little notebook always always with me, but life is life and sometimes I have it and sometimes I don´t :) New ideas come so often during a road trip, with my mind in the landscape. I don't know why, maybe because I´m not doing anything else than just looking to the beauty of nature.  

What are the top 3 tools most important in your craft ?

It´s hard to choose just three tools, but I think they would be my industrial sewing machine, the rivet setters and the rotary cutter (with the cutting board). 

What's a typical day like in the studio?

A day in the studio usually beggins checking mails and a bit of online work while I have a quick brekfast. Coffee is a must during the mornings, and there is always a pitcher of water on the table. I never watch the TV, and the studio is really a silent place except for the sewing machine that is quite noisy. Sometimes I listen podcasts, online radio from Spain that makes me laugh so much, or maybe some music (I really "need" to sing while music is playing). But that´s not so often as I´m really concentrated in my work and that can make me forget that music is a nice thing! Also, I try to work outside (in the balcony) when the weather and the tasks allow it. 

What are the greatest rewards of creating something handmade?

Well, for me, creating something with my hands and liking the result is so really satisfying. I can see it as something "normal" because I can do it naturally, but I know these abilities are something to be thankful for. A happy customer is the best reward, for not talking of returning customers. My customers, together with my friends and family, remind me that creating good products with your own hands is not normal and is really a gift. That is so satisfying, and I'm so thankful for this.  

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: Willow & Sass

 Old Town Portland, Oregon

Old Town Portland, Oregon

SHOP:: Willow and Sass
OWNER + DESIGNER :: SUSAN

Where is your studio located? 

I work out of my home in Fairview, Oregon, which is located just about a mile outside Portland.  I live in walking distance of two lakes, so it makes for peaceful walks and a breathtaking scenery.

 a neighborhood lake

a neighborhood lake

 a drawing by Susan

a drawing by Susan

 a bridge in Portland, Oregon

a bridge in Portland, Oregon

With Portland being the number one city to live in the United States, there is no place quite like it. Mt. Hood is in the distance, Washington is just beyond the Columbia River and the Oregon coast is only an hour and a half away. There is never a shortage of inspiration; it's an artist's gold mine!

 Camping inspired  wedding invitations

Camping inspired wedding invitations

How did you get started in your craft? What inspires you?

After college, I worked as a graphic designer for many years. I found my niche though, when I took a job as a graphic designer at a small wedding invitation boutique in Portland. There, I honed my skills, design style and learned the ins and outs of the industry.  There wasn't a day that went by when inspiration wasn't knocking at my door. So, I made the decision to venture out on my own. 

 Old Town Portland drawing by Susan

Old Town Portland drawing by Susan

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Pen, paper and my computer

 Susan in her studio. 

Susan in her studio. 

What's a typical day in the studio like?

After I get my son off to school, the work day begins with black coffee and a protein bar. I listen to the news while checking emails as a brain warm up. 

 Henry

Henry

My little buddy, Henry, sits on a stool in my office to keep me company. Then I'm ready to start the creative process. The musical sounds of Tora or Frou Frou play in the background and then I start my sketching research.

 Susan's Studio

Susan's Studio

 Save the date designs by Susan

Save the date designs by Susan

I am drawn to nature and natural textures and find inspiration on walks or on my journeys around the city. I try to add a few new designs a week to my shop to keep it fresh.

 designs by Susan

designs by Susan

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

Drawing has become one of my basic needs. My parents enrolled me in art classes as a child and I have been drawing ever since. I love that I am able to incorporate my art into my invitations. I feel so lucky that I am able to do what I want everyday with no regrets. Etsy has given me a great opportunity to sell my art and meet some amazing and talented artists along the way. I hope I am able to continue putting smiles on my customer's faces for years to come.

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: Glass Paper Scizzors

 Mickey in her Norwalk, Connecticut Studio

Mickey in her Norwalk, Connecticut Studio

SHOP :: Glass Paper Scizzors

OWNER + DESIGNER :: Mickey Saverine

MAKER OF :: handmade decoupage plates for all occasions

 Mickey's home in Norwalk

Mickey's home in Norwalk

 The four seasons in the backyard

The four seasons in the backyard

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?

   My studio is in my home, in Norwalk, CT USA, and I’m lucky enough to border on woodlands. Though I spent many years commuting to Manhattan, living close to nature is my greatest joy.

  Norwalk is in Fairfield County CT, a stretch of land that travels from Greenwich to Fairfield. All these towns are on Long Island Sound and have access to lovely beaches which I enjoy all year round. Having grown up spending time on the water it’s in my blood and I couldn’t live very far away from the wet stuff! Call me a Salty Dog!

 the local beach

the local beach

 seaweed plate in gray

seaweed plate in gray

 plant life outside the studio

plant life outside the studio

 Doc

Doc

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN YOUR CRAFT AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

    I was a creative director in NYC ad agencies for many years so I brought my skills from that career to my plate designs. I love botanical prints and have been collecting them for many years. John Derian’s amazing decoupage was had a huge influence on me – but I wanted to create something a bit different from his designs. So I use a square plate that allows me to incorporate various borders which compliment the antique images – I think this is a unique and contemporary way of approaching decoupage and making it my own. What really makes me happy is color! I’m always looking for new colorways for my plates and spend many hours tweaking images to get the subtle colors just right! I’m inspired by many beautiful beach related images - sea shells, coral, sailboats, and sea birds – as well as all images from nature. I enjoy customizing plates for my clients and frequently frame them to bring them to the next level. I use very architectural frames that bring even more layers of dimension to the many leveled look of a framed decoupage plate. 

 a mix of beach designs

a mix of beach designs

 border designs

border designs

WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 TOOLS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR CRAFT ?

  My hands are my tools – creating decoupage is as much a sensory skill as a visual one. Each plate is a new challenge. I use my fingers as much as my eyes to feel if something is positioned properly!

 My computer. I create all my designs digitally. I literally have many thousands of different images and color variations.

 Scizzors, Razor Blades and my trusty paper cutter!

 a view from the studio window

a view from the studio window

 a display of Mickey's plates

a display of Mickey's plates

 workspace

workspace

WHAT'S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE IN THE STUDIO?

   I work alone in my studio. I’m on my feet for hours at a time. Typically, I have a cup of tea within reach which grows cold before I can break away to drink it all as my hands are busy most of the time! I listen to all different kinds of music but it helps when it’s something I can sing to. When I work on my computer I am totally engrossed in my design work and sometimes don’t know when the music has stopped!

 

 a custom made wedding invitation plate

a custom made wedding invitation plate

WHAT ARE THE GREATEST REWARDS OF CREATING SOMETHING HANDMADE?

  Everything I create is brand new. The completion of any piece is enormously satisfying! But most of all – the colors in my plates are very upbeat and my spirit is lifted by them! When I’m doing a show and see my presentation of many plates all together it gives me great joy! I call them my “happy plates” – I think they make others happy too!

 Feature in Country Living Magazine in June 2014

Feature in Country Living Magazine in June 2014

 wedding invitation plate

wedding invitation plate

 butterfly plate

butterfly plate

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Studio Tour :: ACBC Design

 Ann in her 'Design Den' in Portland, Oregon

Ann in her 'Design Den' in Portland, Oregon

Shop:: ACBC Design

Owner + Designer :: Ann

 Portland, Oregon and the Willamette River

Portland, Oregon and the Willamette River

 Portland Theater

Portland Theater

  postcards  designed by Ann

postcards designed by Ann

 Ann's home where ACBC Design is based

Ann's home where ACBC Design is based

Where is your studio located?

I live and create, along with my husband and two kitties, in my home studio located in lovely Portland, Oregon. It’s a beautiful city filled with lots of creative people, great restaurants and endlessly walkable streets. Our home is in a beautiful neighborhood filled with tree lined streets, old homes and tons of inspiration.

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How did you get started in your craft and what inspires you?

My love of all things graphic and paper seem to have been with me since I was young. I always loved coloring and drawing and went on to attended art school and have been a graphic designer for 17 years. A couple years ago I was looking for a new, creative outlet beyond design projects for clients. Since I always like making cards for friends and family, I decided to give that a go and opened up my own Etsy shop. I find that my ideas can come from everything and anything - architecture, nature, fashion - whatever crosses my eye. Design to me is a very visual interpretation of thoughts and ideas - I bring all that experience to each piece I create.

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 Tools of the trade 

Tools of the trade 

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Black micron pens, sketch book and my computer.

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What's a typical day in the studio like?

Most days in what I like to refer to as The Design Den, begin with a warm cup of tea and a bowl of cereal, while I plan out what needs to happen that day. I’m always entertained by listening to all my favorite podcasts through out the day. Nice, or at least non-rainy days during the winter, I try and get out on a nice walk around the neighborhood - eyes always looking for new inspiration. Whether I’m sketching, refining card designs or filling orders - I am always kept company by one or both of my kitties, Shitaki and Pepper.

 Portland Postcards

Portland Postcards

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

There are so many great things that have been a result of starting to make my items that I never anticipated. I love how much my creativity has been pushed, meeting so many other great makers online and locally and getting to meet customers face to face at craft shows. It’s all been a great journey and I’m so happy to have jumped on board.

 

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Studio Tour :: Trees 4 the Wood

 a view from the studio- located in southeastern Tasmania in Australia

a view from the studio- located in southeastern Tasmania in Australia

Shop:: Trees 4 the Wood

Owner + Designer :: Grace

Where is your studio located?

My studio is in the centre of our house - it used to be the dining room but was converted to a studio a few years ago. It's temporary and I'm happy to have it in the centre of the house while I still have young children. Our property in south eastern Tasmania is called Swallows Nest Farm. Tasmania is the southern-most state of Australia and is known for its natural beauty and clean environment. We grow proteas and native cut flowers on our farm. Our local town is called Nubeena, which means "crayfish" in aboriginal. It is a sleepy sea-side town with a history of fishing and apple growing. We also have an amazing amount of convict history in our area, and because of that and the natural beauty, it is a tourist destination. My studio windows face west across the bay and I am spoilt for views!

 Grace at work in her studio in Tasmania.

Grace at work in her studio in Tasmania.

 details of some linocuts

details of some linocuts

How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?

I have always made things. I have done 4 years of art college and have had exhibitions of painting, sculpture, collage and ceramics. I wouldn't have said linocuts were one of my talents, but I have always enjoyed doing them. My brother did a lot of linocuts when I was a little girl, and it just seemed right. When my baby was young, I needed a creative outlet that wasn't too challenging so I did a few small linocuts of birds and made them into cards for friends and family. They really were the beginning of my etsy store. Linocuts then got under my skin! I love instagram, and was inspired to do some linocuts of some of my instagram photos, depicting local scenes. I have really enjoyed these and am always really thrilled when people across the world want to buy a little piece of my world. I am inspired by the natural environment - its everywhere I look. I love the light and how it changes the look of the landscape. I love the colours that change throughout the year. I love the textures, shapes, and colours of the landscape and the weathered quality of the outdoors. All the subjects of my work are directly inspired by what I see - I think the authenticity of that is important to me.

 tools of the trade

tools of the trade

 works in progress

works in progress

What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?

Currently, my linocarving tool, my printing baren and my watercolour paintbrushes. I mainly use the one lino carving tool - my trusty "v" tool. I enjoy carving the lino - the blocks are quite beautiful. I use traditional silk-cut lino, not the new plastic kind. I love the smell, and I just find it gives a better print. My printmaking baren is a traditional japanese tool and I use the "old style" made from a disc covered with a leaf. I have worn out two and am currently on my third. The baren is used to transfer ink from the lino block onto the paper. I do all my printing by hand and don't use a press. The "low-tech" approach appeals to me. I hand colour all my linocuts with watercolour so my watercolour brushes are really important to me. I have favourites that are soft and put the paint on just the way I like it. They are always on my desk in a jar. 

 studio supplies

studio supplies

 studio life at trees 4 the wood

studio life at trees 4 the wood

What's a typical day in the studio like? 

I wish I had a typical day in my studio, but at this point in my life, nothing ever manages to be "typical". I dream of having hours of uninterrupted time where I am able to begin and complete a task in one go! But the nature of life with 5 children and a farm to work on, as well as taking care of my youngest daughter who has significant health problems means that I snatch time here and there. I always have a number of projects on the go so that when I find myself with time to spare, I am able to pick it up and keep working. Linocuts are great with this way of working because there are lots of stages in the process and I can do a little here and there. I love to have music playing when I'm alone, but I also love the quiet. And cups of tea at regular intervals is a must. In the corner of the studio is a little desk for my daughter. She keeps herself busy cutting, pasting and making "cwaft" while I am busy too. 

 a sampling of items from trees 4 the wood :: driftwood  pencils , linocut  prints ,  brooches ,  cards

a sampling of items from trees 4 the wood :: driftwood pencils, linocut prints, brooches, cards

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

Making things for me is just part of life. I find great satisfaction in having an idea and seeing it through to completion. And of course, its such a thrill to find that people want to buy what I make! There have been times when I have been unable to make things with my hands, but I am always happier when I can get in and express myself visually in some way. It creates mess, takes time, and household chores don't always get done, but its what I do - its who I am.

  a sampling of images from instagram (@gladdish) of Tasmania

 a sampling of images from instagram (@gladdish) of Tasmania

 flowers from Swallow's Nest Farm via instagram @gladdish

flowers from Swallow's Nest Farm via instagram @gladdish

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