My art studio is a very inspiring place. As an artist, the place where I create can be a haven. I love to make it even more inspiring by surrounding myself with other artists’ creations.
I have an “inspiration wire” in my studio that houses much of the (2D) artwork that I love to look at on a daily basis. It reminds me I am part of a community of artists who share a love of creating.
I blogged about this concept earlier, and it’s a tip I picked up from “The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin. Recently, I have been adding items to my inspiration wire, and a few to my shelves and home (when they can’t be clipped onto a wire). I wanted to share them with you, and pass around the inspiration.
Recently, I created postcards for an annual art exchange hosted by the Alberta Printmakers’ Society in Calgary. Artists provided 10 postcards each, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The postcards were on display in Calgary, Alberta from April 18-21, 2012, then a variety of 8 cards were returned to each artist who participated. It was a great way to get some new art in the studio. Although all cards I received were lovely, here are two postcards from the exchange I particularly liked:
Other items have come to me in my travels, through art shops, purchased at artist open houses or even on an artist studio visit. Here are some special gems I have picked up along the way:
Below are three postcards I picked up at a recent show in Canmore by a creative duo. These two not only write books and create art, they also collaborated recently on several wonderful artist books and collages together: Jocey Asnong (www.cautiousleroy.com) and Christine Thorpe.
Here are a few other pieces I have, just because I love them: