Studio Insights by Michael David Sturlin –The Importance of Purpose

 

Many things we do in life have purpose. But, this in itself doesn’t imply that we always see all of them as particularly purposeful at the moment of doing them. In fact, we might often wonder, “Why do I have to do this?”

Purpose2Some of the things we do are just necessary activities of our everyday human existence. Those tend to be the unavoidable things that are part and parcel of daily life; household chores, school and family activities, work related tasks. There are a myriad of things that simply have to be done. They may not always be our favorite things. But, since they have to be accomplished anyway, realizing their necessity as we do them makes them a bit more purposeful and easier to tend to. Continue reading…

She Ain’t Pretty-She Just Looks That Way. (My Out of Shape Studio Part 6)

Shelley-FrankensteinI can’t remember when in school I was assigned to read “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelly. But I do remember that I couldn’t put the book down. In Shelly’s book, a scientist named Victor Frankenstein creates a living grotesque creature in a rather “unorthodox” way. I have been working like Frankenstein on making a jeweler’s bench by taking apart old desks and creating something new. After reflecting on my route to making a bench, I’m starting to feel less like a crafty artist and more like a mad scientist. I seem to be obsessed with finding or creating the perfect bench for my studio. Continue reading…

A Creative Spin by Joy Funnell

toolsWhen I’m working I have a whole crop of tools and little boxes that I like to have in front of me on my work-surface so they are readily to hand. For the last few years I have used a rotating desk tidy which is great (Thank you Tracey Spurgin for that idea!), but now it has got to the point where I struggle to fit in all the tools, and I have a few others I would like to add! When I go to pull something out maybe another tool falls out at the same time. Something had to be done about it!! I laid them all out on the table and they looked quite a lot!! Continue reading…

Contest: Strangest Item

weird2It’s time for our next contest to start! What is the weirdest thing you have found in your studio? I have a diving wet suit.  Yes, I know–that makes total sense to have in an art studio.  What does not make sense are these typewriter ribbons or the David Foster and Yanni C.D.’s.  Who put those in here? Have you been finding funny and strange things hidden away in your studio? Well dig them out–they could win you a prize from Rio Grande!

mail.google.comNothing says “artsy” quite like some troll dolls hanging around for inspiration!  This bench is part of Rio’s Tech lab.

To enter photos of your “Strangest Item” click here.  I can’t wait to see who wins the $100 gift certificate from Rio Grande!

 

The “Forever Studio” (My Out of Shape Studio part 5)

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As I was flipping through a home design magazine I came across a follow-up article about a builder who a few years ago built his “dream home” and is now building his “forever home.” Is this the new buzz word in home design? Maybe people need more than a dream home. As I’m plowing my way through my stuff in my studio this idea keeps popping up in my head. I have a vision of what I’d love my studio to look like. But since I’m working with what I already own and plan on being in this studio for a very long time, I think I’m skipping past the “dream studio” and going right to the “forever studio”. I can say that this “60 Day Studio Challenge” is starting to feel like forever! Continue reading…

EuroSynergy2 Conference

bordeaux_la_nuitThe EuroSynergy2 team is thrilled to announce that the next conference will take place from the 10th to 13th July 2016, followed by 3 days of workshops!

The location is the Mercure Hotel, Bordeaux Centre, France and the programme format is exciting and brand new! http://eurosynergyconference.net/

Workshop proposals are being accepted now.

Contest: Studio Mascot

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From the studio of Colleen White: “My studio mascot, Ripper, getting ready to help out at the bench.”

 

The “60 Day Studio Challenge” is catching on! Artists all over the world are digging in and reclaiming their studios. My studio was sucking my creative energy. I didn’t really like being in there.  Having my pet cat in my studio always makes my studio feel happier. Many artists have a pet in their studio. The Studio Mascot contest is on now! Send in your images to cre8tivefire.com or tag then on twitter and facebook with #60daystudio and be entered to win a prize from our contest sponsor www.MetalClays.com.
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Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon (My Out of Shape Studio Part 4)

hginthesea.wordpress“It’s for five days” my husband announced as he showed me the tickets to Mexico. He’d checked out a travel agency on his way home from work. (Remember travel agencies? Yeah, me neither…this story is from 1997.) With tickets in hand, we dug out our suitcases and made plans to scuba dive for five days. My husband and I had both taken scuba diving courses while in the military, however, the most exotic dive we’d been on was in the murky waters of Lake Ontario to find a sunken ship. Dream sightings of coral reefs and colourful fish danced in our visions. The travel agent had told my husband where there was a great scuba club. After a plane ride that seemed to last 12 days, we made it to our destination. We found the scuba club, and enjoyed three glorious days scuba diving. On the fourth day, the sea was a bit rough. I had spent time in Newfoundland as a child, and was pleased to discover that the salt water still ran through my veins. My husband…not so much. Oh was he sea sick. The instructor told him to “keep your eyes on the horizon”. So while I held on to my seat and enjoyed the roller coaster ride, my husband desperately searched for the horizon. It helped. He was able to “find his legs” later in the day and enjoy a nice dive with a sting ray and shark sighting, which were highlights of the trip for him.  If he had not been told to keep his eyes on the horizon, he would have missed the next few dives, which were the most spectacular and the most memorable. Continue reading…

I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours. (My Out of Shape Studio Part 2)

IMG_1672I am relieved to find out that I am not the only one feeling overwhelmed by the state of my studio. (Although, I am pretty sure I win the prize for the messiest studio!) I’ve heard from many other artists who are also looking at their studio space with a heavy heart. These spaces are sucking our creativity. I am certain that my lost mojo is in here somewhere. I’m on a mission to organize and reclaim my studio space.  I feel that my work is stale and that if my studio had a good airing out, maybe my jewellery would be better. But what to do with all this stuff?  It’s all good stuff.  I hope readers have some organizing tips for me!

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