WORKSPACE WEDNESDAY :: KIM ANDERSON ARTIST

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Brighton-based artist and illustrator Kim Anderson is known for her bright, bold and whimsical creations, filled with sparkle and love. Hallmarks of her style include the use of beautiful papers, the application of inks and paints in jewel-like colours and the build-up of stunning texture.

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As well as glorious original art works, which she sells via her Etsy shop (keep an eye on her Facebook page for announcements of sale times, as originals sell out in seconds!), Kim’s work is also available to buy in a number of different formats. Her card ranges, which are licensed by the likes of Woodmansterne and Phoenix Trading, have been shortlisted in the finals of the prestigious Henries Awards, the highest accolade for design talent within the UK card industry. Her work is also reproduced in the UK, Europe and US as wall art, tea towels, gift wrap, wallpaper and even embroidery kits, plus she’s been featured in publications like Homemaker. Not only is Kim extraordinarily talented, she’s also a rather wonderful human being, with a rather gorgeous workspace. Here’s the lowdown…

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Tell us about your workspace.

I live in a Victorian flat and the lounge is very big and so my workspace is situated in a corner of this room. I love it because we have huge windows with wonderful views.

What about the furniture in your workspace?

I have a large desk from Ikea which is always clean and white for my work. I love my vintage-style pots – I find them at boot fairs and use them to store my pens and tools. I also have a lovely upcycled wooden wine case from Baxter & Snow which is perfect for all my inks, washi tapes and glitters. And a fab pink suede swivel chair which I love!

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And decoration?

Twinkly – very important! 🙂 I have some rice lights which hang by my desk, they give a soft white glow. I also have lots of art work on the walls from my favourite artists.

What does your workspace mean to you? (escape, professional place, special place, your own space?)

All of the above! 🙂 I love my space and time flies when I sit here and create.

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Do you have any rituals or habits when it comes to your workspace and your working day? 

I need everywhere to be tidy as I my work is so intricate, small and clean. I can’t focus if my home is not tidy. I love to not rush but to instead enjoy the process no matter how long one of my designs takes… If I feel stressed or rushed I believe my trees are not as magical and precious. I often have David Attenborough on the TV, I find his nature documentaries very soothing to listen to. And frequent cups of green mint tea are needed.

What are your likes and dislikes when it comes to your studio?

I love my huge clean white desk from Ikea, it’s perfect for my art. I love working from home too. Least favourite is… I don’t think I have one to be honest!

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That’s good! So do you have any plans for the future of your work area?

Not at the moment, maybe in the future if we move I shall have a different studio set up. But for now, I feel lucky in our home and where my workspace is.

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To find out more about Kim’s work and for links to all her social networking sites, check out www.kimandersonart.co.uk

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© Melissa Holmes / Holmesmadepapercuts. All images © Kim Anderson Artist & Illustrator.

WORKSPACE WEDNESDAY :: Laciepaperie

This week’s Workspace Wednesday features the wonderful work of Laciepaperie – otherwise known as Saffa Barkhordar. When she’s not at her office-based day job, Saffa works from a studio at home, creating intricate papercut designs inspired by the patterns of Victorian lace and nature. Here, she shares some behind the scenes info about her workspace and approach to work. You can find further info on Laciepaperie in the links section at the end of this post. And don’t forget, if you’re a creative and you’d like to get involved with Workspace Wednesday to show holmesmadepapercut blog readers your corner of the world, get in touch!

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Tell us about your workspace.

My workspace is set in a little spare room of a house we are renting. It mainly consists of an Ikea desk in front of a window. Before that, I used to do my art work on the kitchen table but that was quite impractical so I’m really enjoying the extra space! I share the studio with my boyfriend Henry, who is a painter and uses the other side of the room. We’ve both been using the space for about seven months but will leave in a couple of months so I’m cherishing using it. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a studio space to do my papercutting and drawing in.

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How have you chosen to furnish your workspace?

I have a plain Ikea desk which is home to my cutting mat and equipment for papercutting and drawing. I don’t currently have any storage units, just lots of boxes under my desk containing my paper and materials. It’s not ideal but it’ll do for now!

And what about decoration?

Because it’s a rented place, I haven’t been able to put things on the walls but have instead placed meaningful objects around my desk. One of my favourite things is a self-portrait of my boyfriend Henry, which he painted. I also have loads of pencil cases and collections of paper everywhere. It’s quite a minimal space but has everything there for me to do my art work.

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What does your workspace mean to you? 

I love it. It’s wonderful to have a place to make my work in. It has natural light, so is very practical. I work part-time and feel lucky to have some time to make my art each week. My papercutting work is an escape from work and the ‘daily grind’. Last year, I was working two jobs and had no time to make anything so I feel lucky at the moment.

Do you have any rituals when it comes to your workspace?

If I have a day off from my regular job, I get up quite early (about 6am) slowly gain consciousness and bumble into my studio. After several cups of tea I tend to put Radio 4 on or some music and get started working on drawing or papercutting. I can spend several hours at a time working solidly on a piece – it is very absorbing. I tend to work in a creative mess – there are usually lots of different projects going on and lots of paper everywhere. I find papercutting quite relaxing and it helps me to let go of my worries, I can just focus on it and nothing else. It’s probably the time I feel most happy and free.

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What’s your one must-have tool in your workspace – the thing you use most of that you wouldn’t be able to do your job without?

All I need is some paper, a scalpel, a pencil and rubber.

What’s your favourite thing about your workspace? And least favourite?

I love my workspace as it’s quiet and all mine; no one else is using my table so I can leave out work and materials. My least favourite thing about it is that it’s quite small, the printer I have is right next to the table so it’s a bit cramped. I’d also love to have somewhere to put all my paper; some good storage to free up the space around the desk. But I’m so grateful at the moment to have a studio space that these things don’t feel that important really.

On that note – any plans for the future when it comes to your workspace?

As we are moving quite soon I don’t know what will happen, whether I’ll have a workspace in the future. I might end up on the kitchen table again! But I hope I can still rent somewhere with a space to make my work in, that would be ideal. I’ll keep going with my art no matter what. Determination is everything!

Check out more of Saffa’s work here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/laciepaperie

http://laciepaperie.blogspot.co.uk/

http://instagram.com/laciepaperie

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Don’t forget, if you’re a creative type and fancy showing off your workspace, get in touch!

WORKSPACE WEDNESDAY :: holmesmadepapercuts

What better way to kick off a new series of weekly (ish) peeks into creative workspaces than to start with my own space, right here at Holmes-made?

A special focus on a creative workspace – this week, I look at my little studio, from where I design and cut all my paper cuts, do all my admin and sort all my packaging.

A special focus on a creative workspace – this week, I look at my little studio, from where I design and cut all my papercuts, do all my admin and sort all my packaging.

Tell us about your workspace.

I set this workspace up in January 2014. Prior to this – for two years – I was working at the kitchen table, with work, packaging materials and paper stored in different areas all over the house. A new year meant I needed a new start. Deciding to ‘relocate’ to an unused corner of my daughter’s bedroom meant that I could have an area to call mine, where I could leave things out permanently (although not work and tools – those are stored on top of my daughter’s wardrobe where she can’t reach them!) and where I could feel inspired and motivated to create. In short, I needed to start taking myself (and my business) more seriously, so we had a family trip to Ikea and my workspace was born.

How have you chosen to furnish your workspace?

I’m very space-limited so a simple desk, storage drawers and chair is all I can stretch to. However, with accessories and clever storage, I’ve managed to work around my limited space to create a studio area tailored to my needs.

My desk is made up of legs, a cupboard unit and table top from Ikea. I chose smooth, plain white as a useful background for taking product photographs. I also bought a little shelf/drawer unit with brackets from the same Ikea range (they don’t sell mine anymore, but this is the closest). I then carried out a little Ikea hack with some brackets to suspend the drawer unit above the desk, thus giving me more surface space to work on which is vital for larger cuts, as well as an extra space for photography when needed (I pin a backdrop to the wall… It’s oh-so-glamorous!).

Seating is really important to me as I spend so long sitting while papercutting – again I chose a comfy desk chair from Ikea which gives me great back support and manoeuvrability.

Lighting is also super important. The fairy lights help give a warm glow on a miserable day, I also have a couple of ambient lamps to give a cosy feel plus I have my magnifying daylight lamp which I can move around and which I have on all the time. It saves my eyes from getting super tired and serves as a useful iPhone-platform for overhead shots!!

Smal but perfectly formed, my well-planned workspace means I have everything I need close by, plus it serves to give me a daily dose of inspiration.

Smal but perfectly formed, my well-planned workspace means I have everything I need close by, plus it serves to give me a daily dose of inspiration.

The storage I have is very limited. I’m not going to lie – I have packaging materials in my loft and airing cupboard, my giant A3 frame boxes and envelopes are stored in my wardrobe, plus there are a lot of papers in the sideboard in the lounge. My old barn door (which I use as a photo backdrop) is kept outside the house. Not practical! My A3 scanner and printer lives under my desk, and I keep more envelopes, packing materials and my Lightcase on top of the printer. Vertical living at its finest!! I store stickers, tissue paper, business cards, greetings cards and Drop and Go forms in an Ikea drawer unit. On top of that live my iPod dock/radio, along with a bunch of files, binders and magazine boxes (for envelopes, order forms, postage receipts and so on). One “leg” of my desk is home to a two-shelf cupboard where I store papers and prints in concertina box files. I’ve had to think cleverly of how to get the most from the small space I have, while at the same time being able to access everything I need quickly.

Three small wooden boxes contain everything I need to keep at hand for packing and posting, while a cupboard which serves as a table 'leg' holds essentials like paper, prints, baking boards and my arm warmers!

Three small wooden boxes contain everything I need to keep at hand for packing and posting, while a cupboard which serves as a table ‘leg’ holds essentials like paper, prints, baking boards and my arm warmers!

The over-desk drawers and shelf are super handy for keeping tapes, papers, tools and postal bits and bobs to hand; for example I have three little wooden boxes filled with washi tape, rubber stamps and ink pads, and all the elements needed for postage including my thank you notes, bakers twine and Signed For stickers. Everything I need to access on a daily basis is within reach of my desk, which is a vast improvement on how I used to work, and makes my working life a heck of a lot easier!

Oh and an additional plus-point – my daughter can’t reach the drawers above my desk, so they’re quite good for storing sweets and chocolate essential papercutting artist snacks.

And what about decoration?

Two words: Inspo wall!! Since I was at school I’ve had a bunch of postcards I’ve dragged with me to uni and into office booths and workspaces; just to give my working day a little boost. These include examples of my favourite art works like my Frida Kahlo postcards picked up when I saw an exhibition of her work at Tate Modern (she’s one of my favourite artists), Miffy and Hello Kitty postcards bought in France, some long-loved “quote” postcards (my favourite reads: “I want to be what I was when I wanted to be what I am now” which holds huge resonance for me), a sweet beat-up “Love Is” mirror from a thrift store in Glasgow and some lovely creations by my daughter which make me smile. There are also a few photos; some of me in happy times and some of my daughter, some hand-scrawled notes to myself (including “Only Love Today”, one of my favourite mantras from the amazing Handsfree Mama) and inspiring cards from the likes of Lucky Dip Club and Bread & Jam.

A snippet of some of the wonderfully inspiring things I've chosen to surround myself with.

A snippet of some of the wonderfully inspiring things I’ve chosen to surround myself with.

Accessorise those arty bits with handmade beauties from Two-10 design (a hand-carved wooden block), Katie Daisy (my “let go” canvas), Veronica Dearly (my amazing wall planner), TFLittlefootDesigns (two strings of pretty bunting) and Marna Lunt Textile Artist (my fantastic hand-embroidered hoop) and you get my little corner of heaven.

Oh, and add a plant or two and some flowers – usually sunflowers because they’re really significant to me. I need a bit of nature in my life, especially if it’s super-colourful.

What does your workspace mean to you?

Having my own studio space makes me feel more professional, like I can take myself more seriously now. Yes it’s just a corner of my daughter’s room, but it’s my corner. My inspiration wall is a key part of it – I love fairy lights, I love being surrounded by pretty things and goodies I have collected over many years such as my postcards, wall art and ornaments. I guess my workspace really reflects me and my work – vibrant colour, quirky, bold… Of course, it’s not like I can invite people up to my studio for a tour (unless they want to contend with Lego on the floor!) but I really feel lucky to have my very own space.

Do you have any rituals when it comes to your workspace?

After the school run is done, I come up and stick the radio on, put my fairy lights on if it’s dreary outside and make sure I have a glass of water to hand before I start working. I tend to always work with the radio on for company (Radio 2 or 6Music; Radio 4 late at night because I love The Shipping Forecast – yes, weird). So the radio goes on. And if I get sick of the radio, I’ve got my very old iPod for my entire collection of music – sometimes I require a bit of old school trance to kickstart my working day!

I always clear my desk off before starting a new piece; I like to start completely fresh. So the polish and duster come out and any tiny bits of paper I may have missed in my daily wipe down get hoovered up. Depending on what I’m working on and how busy I am the carpet (a nightmarish thick pile) gets hoovered anything from daily to once a week! I would probably drive myself potty if I attempted to hoover daily while working on an A3 leaf tree… those tiny leaves get everywhere!!

Every season I have a bit of a makeover, so I might change accessories around – change my pen pot and plant pot colours for example, or take a few pics down and put a few new ones up. Just to keep it fresh and happy in hopes that filters down to my work!

What’s your favourite thing about your workspace? And least favourite?

Favourite is the whole thing. Can I say that? Well, my inspo wall. I just love it. It’s so me. I just wish I had a bigger space to spread out more of the things I want to put up!! Least favourite thing: storage.

On that note – any plans for the future when it comes to your workspace?

I would love to have a dedicated workspace big enough to have a packing table, storage for all of my packaging like postal tubes and boxes, with a proper plan chest for storing prints and large pieces of work. And a special photography area where I could keep my camera, tripod, lighting and backdrops set up permanently. The best thing would be to have a door with a lock on, so I could leave all my work and tools out and just close the door on it at the end of each day, rather than having to pack everything away so my daughter doesn’t damage or play with anything! A purpose-built garden office would just be wonderful, or somewhere with character where I could display my work on walls and even take part in open studios. But since we’re currently in a two-bed rental property, I guess I’ll have to keep dreaming!! I do love my workspace though; it suits me and my business (and the current size of my business!) down to the ground.

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GET INVOLVED

Would you like to take part in a future Workspace Wednesday? It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work and workspace, plus share some behind the scenes stuff with potential customers and social networking fans. If you fancy getting involved and are able to answer a few questions and supply some high quality photos, please drop me a line using the contact form on my website! I will of course include links to your online shop and social media.