Studio Snapshot – Amy Crawley

Artist name: Amy Crawley

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Location: Massachusetts

Website: Moonroom Crafts

Blog if you have one: Moonroom Muse

Any other web link you’d like to share: Bolton Artisan Guild This is the local art guild I belong to.

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes

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Where is it located? A finished attic (4th floor of the house)

Is it a large or small space? It is a large space, about 1200 sq. ft. The main studio area is approximately 28’ x 35’. The “finishing” room is approximately 12’ x 14’

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What medium(s) do you work in? Do you have a separate area for each? I consider myself a mixed media artist working primarily with polymer clay. I have three work tables; one for the polymer clay, one for assembling and holding in-process work, and one for paper/collage/painting, etc. I have a separate finishing room where I have my oven, a sink, cabinets, my buffing wheel, shipping supplies, and my photo cube.

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What one word would you use to describe your studio? Roomy

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What do you think is the best feature of your studio? It is a dedicated area solely for the creation of my art. It also has five windows.

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What would you change if you could? Probably nothing; perhaps the lighting. We put in recessed lights and sometimes it isn’t quite enough. I’d like to get new curtains and paint the walls. And I’m still thinking about removing the closet doors.

Can you share an organizational tip? Have as much storage as possible.

I have several rolling carts (wheels removed) with multiple drawers that are great. A friend built a wall display for my rubber stamps. White boards are great for keeping track of orders, due dates, deadlines, etc. Bookcases are essential.

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Describe the usual state of your work table? In the past it would be quite cluttered with whatever I was working on at the time. Recently I’ve gotten into the habit of clearing the work space at the end of the day. This makes it easier to get started the next day. When the studio gets too cluttered my creative muse starts to shut down and the energy drops. Clear studio equals better energy flow for me. (Note: I did not say “neat” just “clear.”)

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Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Two work tables are perpendicular to the back wall with the short ends facing the windows so they both face into the room. I can look out the window or at a wall from either table. The third table sits in the middle of the room. I can walk around all three tables. It’s that space thing again; it keeps the energy flowing.

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What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? I don’t feel there are any drawbacks. It is my refuge.

Do you have any studio mascots? Yep, Pippin (in the chair) and Woody are frequent visitors. They are also my Q&A department.

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Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? I have a bulletin board that has postcards and such on it. I also have several sketchbooks with pictures and ideas in them.

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Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind? Yes; iTunes plays almost continuously in the studio. I have two play-lists; one has a mash-up of music from classical to rock to world tunes. The other play-list is all instrumental; new age, classical, ethereal tunes. What I listen to all depends on my mood, the time of day and what I’m working on.

Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work? Yes and yes. I have one wall, a window seat area, and a small cabinet for my work and pieces I’ve collected from other artists. I also have several pieces hanging in the studio, including work I did in high school and other artists as well.

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What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio? I have a dedicated sacred space in my studio. This is where I meditate and write in my journal.

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Look out tomorrow! And some answers…

Look out for tomorrow’s Studio Snapshot! It’s an amazing space for a wonderful artist and she sent me tons of pictures. I want to move in.

And a couple of answers from the comments:

Dee, I am NOT going to Bead & Button this year. Unfortunately, the show is the same week as E’s graduation from high school. I thought about going late in the week, but I finally decided it wouldn’t be worth it. Hopefully I will be there next year.

Lunes, We are lucky to have so many workshops here in the United States. Seth Savarick’s recent Craftcast Master Class was held via a telephone or internet connection so technically it was available to anyone anywhere. Time differences make that tricky though if you are not a “night owl”.

Thanks everyone who comments here.  I really like to hear your thoughts.  I’m sorry that I am not great at answering every comment.  I read them all, but as you know if you read here regularly, I can get caught up in other things and forget to write responses.

Posts may be a bit scarce this week due to E’s graduation, but I will try to at least sneak in something on the Donna Kato workshop I attended this weekend. It was a lot of fun, a true Carnival of Color!

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Studio Snapshot – Naama Zamir

Artist name: Naama Zamir
Location: Israel

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Website: Naamaza.com
My Blog
Etsy Shop
My Flickr

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Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? yes I do. at first I did not have a room of my own but after collecting too many supplies me and my DH decided that we need to put it all somewhere… so we strted making room in the storage room for craft supplies.. well that was the beginning but then i needed more and more space/somewhere to work quietly/place to showcase finish goods for customers etc… lucky my I have a supportive husband and we took all the stuff that was storaged and made the room a studio for me. what a nice sound- “MY OWN STUDIO”.

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Where is it located? at the lower floor of the house

Is it a large or small space? it is relatively small but hey, it is better than nothing…

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What medium(s) do you work in? Do you have a separate area for each? I work with Polymer clay so most of my studio is dedicated to working with POlymer clay and I have a dedicated table for clay.

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Once in a while I make jewelry with my clay beads so instead of cleaning the clay table each time I located a beading table just for the beads

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What one word would you use to describe your studio? small… tons of stuff, rarely organized and representative but it is my heaven, the place where I go when I need quit,relaxation. this is the only place in the house where no one in the house can go into before asking my pemission (I know I know.. this is mean when you have small children..)

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What would you change if you could? If only I could i would make my studio larger (isn’t it any crafter’s dream?) LOL I need it larger for the workshops that I give (now I teach on the kitchen table) and for a bigger display…

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Can you share an organizational tip? I wish I could… I admire organized people

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Describe the usual state of your work table? messy messy.. tried to fight it once but then it hit me that it is actually inspiring. I start a new work, i find a cane left over from older project that I never put back to its place and never would have thought of using in the specific project that I now work on but,,, it is in my way… shall put it to storage or… well why not… I slice it and add it to the current work and sometimes, if I get lucky enough it adds aa extra something to the project that would have not be there otherwise

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Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? since the room is very small my clay table faces the wall

Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? not exactly… I have an Ikea lamp above my clay table that is made out of metal. I attach inspiration stuff to it with magnets..

Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind? the radio is always on in my studio even when I am not there. it is always on the same station – I love hearing discussion and opinions while I work

Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work? I display my own work in the studio until it is sold

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Studio Snapshot – Ongoing Call for Artists

This is just a quick reminder that I am still accepting artists for my Studio Snapshot series. I’ve got at least another month’s worth of artists’ studios to share with you,plus I am going to do one on my own studio one of these days. I would love to keep the series going indefinitely. So, if you think you might like your creative space to be featured, please go to my blog’s contact page and send me an email.

All you have to do is answer a series of questions, and send me some photos (or links to photos I can use) of your workspace. You don’t have to have a fancy studio. You don’t have to clean up. (I’m serious about that.  I think it’s great to see work in process on a worktable.)  Just show us and tell us a bit about the creative space you work in. The series is open to artists at any level in any medium. I think it’s fascinating to get a peek into the spaces artists go to create. Having the space described a bit in the artist’s own words adds another layer of interest. I find I have a whole new level of interest in an artist’s work when I understand a bit about his or her creative process and working environment.

I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback about the series. Thanks to everyone who commented! Let’s keep it going.

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