You might remember Katie Stratton from her gorgeous home tour with us a couple of months back. Katie is here to share her equally amazing work space with us today!"I'm a freelance artist and painter—working on custom pieces and commissions for private clients and also for Kinfolk magazine. My work is pretty heavily influenced by the seasons and colors here in Ohio. I just started working in this new studio space, which has been so much fun after working from home for years. My goal this year is to make my work more accessible and start selling prints and originals online (sometime this fall, fingers crossed)!"
"On a normal studio day, I take my son to school at 8:30a, and baby Phoebe and I head downtown. I'll load up supplies and the car seat on a dolly and take the freight elevator up to the 3rd floor. Once we're in the loft, Phoebe will play in her playpen or crawl around on a blanket and chase the building cat, while I touch brushes and sit with my tubes of paint. I like to take a minute with all of my things to find my bearings. If I'm working on something for Kinfolk or a commissioned piece, I have a specific direction in mind. Otherwise the painting process is pretty organic, depending on my mood or what music is playing! The next couple of hours are spent throwing paint, kissing baby cheeks, sitting and thinking, and painting some more. Working with a little one around is tough. And some days it just doesn't work. I try and get some alone time in the studio at least once a week!"
"I share my space with another artist, Brooke Medlin. It's amazing having another person's creative energy to bounce off of, and it's something I was certainly missing working by myself from home. The entire building is filled with makers and creative types: photographers and artists. It's a little village that inspires me to no end! Plus there is a building cat named spooky that roams around and sweetens the deal!"
"The floors in the studio are so old and filthy and beautiful. To help protect them from my mess, I made a faux cowhide rug out of a drop cloth. To make your own, go to a specialty paint store (sherwin williams, etc) and find a nice size rubber-backed drop cloth (I used a 9'x11'). Spread it out and trace a hide shape and cut it out with scissors! The rubber backing will keep the canvas from fraying and help grip it to a bare floor!"
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring work space with us, Katie! You can find Katie over at her blog Katie's Pencil Box or see her work in issues 2-8 of Kinfolk Magazine here. xo.
I’m in love with this space. adore.
Katie’s blog is one of my favourite feel-good reads and her studio space is divine! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Where is this studio? I live in Columbus and would love to know which space this is!
I am jealous! Beautiful space, thank you for sharing.
to katie: designer emily henderson @ http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/ is designing an event space in la & is looking for original art. she wants california craftsmen as well as other artists. she has someone finding the art for her, you can find their contact info on her blog, if you’re interested.
As an artist myself, I love, love, love seeing where other artists work and their creative space! Great post as usual. xx
Wow! This is my dream in pictures.
I live in a tiny apartment and it holds me back a lot when I want to do my crafts. It always makes a mess and a lot of things I just can not do in my home.
I dream every day of a place where I can just let my creativeness flow! <3
This is just wonderful!
i want to LIVE in a place like her studio. talllll windows and ceilings, exposed brick. my dream!
Such a beautiful work place!
Love this loft space such an inspiring space to be in.
Oh those windows and the light!!
Wow, that space is gorgeous! So perfect for an artist. Something like that would be my dream space <3
Oh, wow, her studio is gorgeous – and so is she. I’m so pleased to have found her blog! Inspiring 😉
lOVE THE POST! Your blog is amazing! I would be so happy if you could check out my blog and say what you think!! and maybe follow?! Thanks so much! xoxo from MEXICO!
The drop cloth cowhide rug is the best idea ever!!!
Such an inspiring space! Definitely love the rug!
Love Katie’s blog and what a beautiful post 🙂
I live in Columbus– where is this amazing space?!?
WOW!! Cool office :O
so entranced by this studio space!!! i love peeks into artists studios. please keep sharing them!!