Every artwork came from somewhere. It was created in a physical location; an artists’ studio presumably. Have you ever stared at a painting or digital repeat pattern and wondered what the artist looked like creating it and how it was created? Many artist give a glimpse into there process and share images and video of themselves painting their pieces. I noticed some that create large paintings, sit on the floor and have the canvas leaning up against a wall or smaller painted artwork is done resting on an easel. It’s interesting to see how each artist works and brings about their creations.
For me I like to work with two different desk areas; one for painting with watercolors and one for computer work since surface pattern design requires scanning hand done artwork into the computer to create a digital file to print onto products. I also like to add digital element into some of my designs and some designs, especially some of my Geo repeat patterns, are created totally digitally.
As for my work area setup, I have a wall of inspiration which is a live mood board guiding the direction of collection through color story, design element inspiration, element of print across categories. I also include some of my painting to see how my hand and line-work fit into the story. Right now I have images of mosaic tiles that I took on my trip to Thailand, interwinding carved wood designs from Africa, a picture I took in a green house garden with triangle glass ceiling, and images from recent fashion shows in Paris & London; along with some packaging inspo from Thailand.
I also alway have samples of my prints that have been printed on fabric around me when I’m working so I can see how they print on each type of fabric and to hold up for scale. They also are just pretty and colorful and nice to look at. Since I’m right on the beach I also have beach wood, many shells, and rocks around my area just because; but they can help provide beautiful inspiration for design and color.
Your environment definitely plays a role in your mood and your work. Of course we all have to work under some pressure of deadline and clients expectations but a comfortable and workable space can help a lot. I also love to have my dog Presley around while I’m working. Its relaxing just to see her sweet face while I’m painting or working in Photoshop. Some times when she needs a little attention she’ll come up and put her head on my leg. It’s a nice reminder that I need to take a break as well; not just to pet her, but to stretch, break my gaze from the computer screen and maybe even eat lunch. Lol.
All of these element in my work space set up and environment of the studio aid in my creative process and eagerness to design. I hope you enjoyed a this little sneak peak into my process.