Studio Snapshot – 2 Roses

by Libby on January 19, 2009

Artist name: 2Roses

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Location: Anaheim, California

Website: 2 Roses.com

Etsy: 2 Roses Etsy Shop

Flickr: 2 Roses Jewelry

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes.  Its worth noting that our current studio is the result of over 25 years of focused effort at accumulating tools and designing and building specialized space. It did not happen overnight, nor is it completed by any means. It is a working space that has continually evolved over the years.

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Where is it located? Attached to our home

Is it a large or small space? Large space aprox. 1800 sq ft

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What medium(s) do you work in? We work in a very wide variety of materials ranging from metals, wood, plastic, gem stones, electronics, leather, paper, pigment & resins, bone & ivory and precious metal and polymer clay.

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Do you have a separate area for each? Yes, we have separate areas for metal working, casting, wood & plastics, gem cutting and lapidary, milling and machining, forging, polymer clay & enameling.

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What one word would you use to describe your studio? Complete.

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What do you think is the best feature of your studio? Versatility. We have taken care to assemble a very broad spectrum of tools and equipment.

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What would you change if you could? More tools, more room. We are constantly building and arranging things for more efficient layout.

Can you share an organizational tip? Cluster like materials and tools. Example: we keep the leather working projects,materials, supplies and tools in a single area. It is easy for things to get spread out and the next thing you know you are looking for your leather tools in the wood shop or where you do lapidary. This is usually accompanied by much cussing. We have found that disciplining ourselves in this manner keeps harmony in a studio where two (and sometimes more) people are working.

Describe the usual state of your work table? Organized chaos. Each of us typically has anywhere from six to 12 projects going at any one time. These are often passed back and forth between us, so it is essential that we keep all the elements contained in some manner. Sounds good in theory anyway.    Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Depends on which area, but most areas face towards a wall.

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What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? Climate control. Parts of it can get chilly in the winter time.

Do you have any studio mascots (pets, mannequin whatever)? Uncle Bob is our resident human skeleton. He was used by a medical school at the turn of the century (1900) for anatomical study.

Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? The studio is pretty much encrusted with this kind of stuff.

Do you listen to music in your studio?  What kind? Yes. Very eclectic mix ranging from gypsy electronica to Indian new wave, to Brazillian world music.

Do you display your own work in your studio?  Other artists’ work? No reason to. Items get shipped out to the shops as soon as they’re complete.

What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio? Electrical outlets and lighting. Because the space was built as a studio, we designed in far more overhead lighting and electrical outlets than would be put in a normal living space.

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Janice January 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’m a big fan of 2 Roses. Their studio space is dreamy – so many tools, so many mediums! And I love their photo studio. It’s so nice to be able to have everything all set up. Thanks for the tour Libby!

Jeanne Rhea January 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Wonderful work! Love the workspace, too.

Tracy La Rue February 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

The forest spirit bracelet in the second picture is really amazing. I would love to see more pictures of this item.