Hello! Welcome to my studio space.
I recently moved into a little one bedroom apartment in Oakland after 9 years of living with many roommates across the bay in San Francisco. Having my own space and being able to spread my crafting supplies all over my home is such a treat.
I tend to do a lot of my work sitting on the couch, often with a favorite podcast playing or the television on. This might seem like a strange way to work, but it all goes back to my childhood. As a kid my mom allowed me to watch as much PBS as I wanted, so long as I was drawing or crafting. As an adult working with the distraction of a TV program or podcast is really comforting. I am also surrounded by all of my favorite design books, craft supplies and inspiring nick-nacks. Above my television is a framed photo of my hero, Jim Henson. He’s a great reminder that having passion and a pioneering spirit can take you a long way.
Behind my couch I have a small sewing desk where I can also set up my computer for times when a desk is needed. Above this area is a big space for hanging inspirational images, sketches and drawing/sewing tools. I love finding inspiration in vintage magazines and handicrafts.
I like to begin designing with hand sketches using pencils, pens and markers. I then scan them and continue working with them in Photoshop and Illustrator. I love the way the imperfections of hand drawing add character to a project. There’s always a life to drawings I begin by hand that is absent when I start a drawing in Illustrator. If I find myself getting stuck I will open one of my favorite design or art books. Thumbing through my collection of Mollie Makes and Bust Magazine is another sure-fire way to find inspiration.
Thanks so much for checking out my studio space!