Studio Snapshot – Bettina Welker

Artist name:
Bettina Welker

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Location: Germany
Website & blog:
Beadworx
Other web links:
Flickr
Beadworx etsy
Trunkt

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space?
yes

Where is it located?
in the basement

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Is it a large or small space?
medium

What medium(s) do you work in? Do you have a separate area for each?
I work in Polymer Clay and often combine it with Sterling Silver. I don’t have separate areas yet. I had to set up my newer workspace very quickly and nothing is finished yet. Still a lot of storage room needed.

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What one word would you use to describe your studio?
chaos (most of the pics I sent were taken immediately after moving into the new studio – everything neat and tidy)

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What do you think is the best feature of your studio?
Nobody except me uses this room – it’s all mine – and it’s finally cat hair free

What would you change if you could?
I would buy some new closets, shelfs and tables if I could afford it. As I said it’s quickly put together, not really planned. I’m still thinking about reorganizing it.

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Describe the usual state of your work table?
Well, most of the time I first have to clean up the mess of the last creating session before I start to work. So things lying around everywhere is the usual state I’d say.

Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall?
It faces the wall. That’s not how I want it to be. Before I moved to the basement my table faced the window and I had a nice view to the front lawn…no I’m in the basement and there is no daylight anymore. Actually I’m thinking about rearranging the room once more to have a table facing the room and not the wall

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What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space?
No daylight

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Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board?
I had one in my old studio. but it’s still packed….

Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind?
oooh yes!… i-tunes is playing all the time for me. Mostly soul, jazz, blues – I’m not the top of the pops person.

Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work?
Unfortunately I have no room for that – but someday I will. Always wanted to have a little display cabinet…

If you’d like to see your studio featured in a future Studio Snapshot, email me through the contact page, and I’ll send you the interview questions.

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So Much Fun!

I have had a great response to the Studio Snapshot idea.  (but keep them coming!)  I can’t wait to share the studio photos and “interviews” with everyone.  It has been so much fun to read the responses to my questions.  There have been some interesting commonalities and differences.

I’ll post the first Snapshot on Monday and I’m going to try to do one a week from then on.  This is really so much fun! I hope you all enjoy these little tours as much as I do.

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Call for entries: Studio Snapshot

I love looking at photos of other artists’ studios. With our brief stint of moving back and forth from Connecticut a couple of years ago, I’ve set up three different studios.

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Studying photos, articles and books about artists’ studios really helped me design a space I love, and which works really well for me. The photos of my studio on my website get a lot of views, so I am guessing other people like to get ideas from studio photos too.

I’d like to start a feature on my blog I’ll call “Studio Snapshot”. I’m thinking it will be in an interview format with photos of the artist’s space. Any artist in any medium is welcome. Any artist with any size work space is welcome. Small studios or studio alcoves would be as interesting as larger spaces, plus any kind of space in between. Each space has its own advantages and challenges.

You don’t have to clean up! Who better understands a chaotic mess than other artists?

Of course I’ll include links to your website and blog too.

So let’s see YOUR creative space, and read your description of it. What’s your favorite part? What would you change if you could? Any organizational tips? It’s fun to see behind the curtain in that Wizard of Oz sort of way. And it’s a great way to get ideas on how to improve or organize your own creative space.

So, what do you think about the idea? Would you be willing to participate? To give other artists a peek inside your studio? If you’d like to be featured, email me at LibzoidATgmailDOTcom (replacing the AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols of course) and I will send you my list of questions. Thanks!

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