Artist name: Karen Park
Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes
Is it a large or small space? Medium, about 11 x 12′
What medium(s) do you work in? I’m a mixed media jewelry artist working with all types of beads, polymer clay, metal and fiber.
Do you have a separate area for each? I have 3 separate areas in my studio right now, one for beadwork, one for polymer clay work and one for metalwork. The one for metalwork is a temporary setup until I can get a sturdier workbench.
What do you think is the best feature of your studio? I have space to spread out in.
Can you share an organizational tip? I save the rectangular sturdy plastic containers from our local Chinese restaurant. They make great storage for individual bead projects and are also great for travel. They stack well, too!
Describe the usual state of your work table? Organized chaos. I’m a confessed neat freak but things can get pretty thrown around and cluttered when I’m in the midst of an intense creative phase. Then I do a major cleanup after my project is finished. That helps me clear out my psyche as well to prepare for the next project.
Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? One faces a sliding glass door out into our backyard, one faces out into the room and one faces a wall. So, I have variety.
What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? The lighting. I’ve only been in the space 4 months so I haven’t set up proper lighting yet. I’d like to install some shop lights that hang from the ceiling to really light up the space.
Do you have any studio mascots (pets, mannequin whatever)? Our black lab, Jack, comes and visits me often, especially if there’s a thunderstorm. Then he’s under my worktable!
Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? I just picked up a small bulletin board and would like to pin up some images for color inspiration. I also have some beautiful needlepoint pieces my Mom created that are a great inspiration to me.
Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind? Yes, I listen to all types of music. Usually, it’s relaxing instrumental music but lately I’ve been addicted to listening to Josh Groban. What a voice!
Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work? I display some of my amulet bags along with an art doll that was created in collaboration with some very dear art friends.
Any question of your own that you’d like to include? Not a question but a statement about how very blessed I am to have a creative room of my own. I lived in a small apartment for the last 4 years with no dedicated art studio space and words cannot describe how spirit nourishing and empowering having this space is to me.