Friday, October 23, 2009

IF - Fast

Finally!  I have time to work on another Illustration Friday Prompt! (as well as 10 other things going on right now!)
Today I wanted to do a piece about sending love through the mail--Fast.  Sure an email will send the words I LOVE YOU fast, and a text will send it even faster.  You could Facebook it or even twitter it. But is Fast always the best way?  What about the time when Carrier Pigeons were the FAST way to send mail.

But what if we used good old fashioned air mail to send our hopes, dreams and desires to those we loved. Is that the fastest way to send something so fragile? I live with the person my heart has always longed for so there is no need to send him a letter but I need to make sure he always knows his Place in My Heart.
Place in My Heart
Jenn Mason
October 2009
Gelatin Print, Found Objects, Pen and Golden Threads.
If you're here from IF, welcome!  If you're a regular reader, thanks for coming back.  If you're lost and just happened upon here, Have a great Friday and I hope you get back safely.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

All Hands on Deck


I'm so excited to be part of this fundraiser!  If you go to the website you can look under artists and see all the amazing boards that were turned in.  If you're interested you will be able to bid on line when the auction starts.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Hello and welcome to the studio!

Well, not the studio but the open studio.
You may have seen the cover of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Fall 2009. You would be looking at my home!

This picture at the top? And the one below it? Both of these are "before" pictures of our home as it once stood just two short years ago. A carriage house turned wood worker shop.

The house was built in 1850 and I'm not quite sure how I got past the claustrophobia of it all and saw the possibilites but we made an offer and started construction the day it became ours.

Eventually we'll get to a couple photos of my studio but first I thought I'd show you some behind the scenes look at the photo shoot for the cover. I had always wanted to know what happened at one of these and now I do!
It's a lot of fidgeting things a round, moving lights and MacGyvereing things into place. Although the space stays pretty true to the actual thing, we had to shift things just slightly here
and there to make sure they looked good on camera.

Here you can see that they already have an idea of the cover layout before we even get a real shot. There were two "advance team" trips out to take photos before we had the hired guns show up.
And show up they did. With full sized computers and screens, cameras and lights. We moved around a ton of furniture just to make room for the equipment!

It was really fun to watch the process and I'm honored that I got to play a role in the September issue.
I'm especially proud of it because it's not just my artwork on the walls that I'm able to share with you but also my home. This was a labor of love of both my wonderful husband Matt and I. We designed the whole house by ourselves and we had a wonderful contractor (Stealth Construction). Who gave us everything we wanted and more.

I'm not sure if it really comes across in the photos but that big wall with all the art on it? It's really on a diagonal.
We designed that wall especially for Open Studios here in Brookline, MA.

The space is big and modular making it possible to move a few pieces of furniture and entirely recreate the space.Starting this month I will be teaching workshops in my home/studio. We've hosted a Soup Crawl, book club and during Open Studios I host 4 other artists in the space as well as a mixed media gallery!

So here are a few shots of the actual studio which sits just off this main room in the photo. It makes it easy to stay in touch with the kids while they do their homework and to work on dinner and a project at the same time. I hope it's helpful to hear that I struggle with all the same things that you do. Finding time to make art, keeping the studio cleaned up enough so that I can find things, storage, etc.
A couple of the things I love are the little nook with the shelves (this is where my under the counter cd player lives) and my closet with a sink! OH Joy! And I love that it has punches of electric green in it too.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Studio Tour!

In honor of the new Open Studios issue by Cloth Paper Scissors I will be participating in their on-line studio tour. (yes that's my house on the cover!) There are over 50 artists who are sharing their spaces! (let's just say I lost count at 50ish)
Tomorrow all the artists will have their studio pictures up on their websites/blogs.

Come back tomorrow and see my collections of studio and OPEN Studio pictures (or pick up a copy of the magazine and see them in print!)

I can't wait to go visit all the studios!

More tomorrow!

Teaching workshops at the Studio!

I think I am now working on no less than four blogs right now! I hope I can keep them all straight.

For those of you who follow this blog, let me point you for a moment to my new blog Create Everyday Workshops that I created specifically for the workshops I'll be teaching from the home studio.
The Fall Semester is themed Handmade Giving and our first class is Chandelier Charming and takes place on October 7th. You can sign up for one class or the whole semester! ($25 or $150 respectively)

As always, you can find me trying to inspire you to live more creatively everyday at!