Welcome to my “studio”. Yes, it’s actually my bedroom.
I moved from Cleveland to Boston two years ago. In Cleveland I rented a 1500 square foot apartment that doubled as my studio for the same price that I now rent a room in Boston. Lemons? Nope, I’m happy to make lemonade. My current studio situation has a lot to do with why I’ve chosen Etsy as a venue for selling work. Obviously my space is limited, so I’m forced to make smaller pieces, which seems ideal for selling on a site like Etsy. Here’s a tour...
The space from the left of my laptop to the end of the table is my work area. It’s about two feet. Speaking of the table- I made it by coating a solid wood door with polyurethane and adding legs I found at a warehouse that sells old office furniture. Upcycled for sure.
I have everything I need here- a plastic container for art supplies, foam trays for mixing paint, garbage, printer, my tiny tv, coffee cup, wine, paint in clear jars and part of the huge bay window that gets lots of awesome light. The painting on the wall is by Paul Yanko and it’s called “Big Ship”. I love it.
Dresser close up. The teapot is something I made years ago in school, the “Fuck You Loser” is by Dana Depew (http://www.etsy.com/people/DanaDepew ), and the yellow lollipop has a scorpion in it. I use the old drawers and boxes to take photos for new shop listings.
My work area. The white and green boxes are from Ikea. The wine is from Trader Joes and it was delicious. The top of my printer currently stores paintings on MDF blocks in various stages of completion. The black board is something I use for drawing- I use it to support the drawings as I work on them. It’s really stiff and light weight.
At the end of the day I enjoy having my bedroom and studio be combined. When you live with your work all the time it forces you to make stuff you enjoy being around. I won’t consider a piece finished until I’ve lived with it for at least a week- if I still like it then it’s finished.
Visit Chris's Etsy shop for more original artwork at http://www.etsy.com/shop/NovemberStudios