Surprise! I am posting this on a Friday, although I regularly post here every Monday. I wanted you to see the mood and inspiration board behind my upcoming design studio redo project. I have been planning to update my art studio for some time now. In fact, its has been evolving and changing over the years, but there are always tons of art supplies and tons of products being made, so it was hard for me to find the time for an update.
I knew that I really needed to do it this Summer before I hosted my Shibori workshop class because I was expecting a group of 10 people and I wanted the space to be more functional and streamlined place for them to create.
Also, I am a big believer in decluttering as an artist to let go of old projects and create a space for new more meaningful projects to arise. Apparently, a good time to bring creative projects like this to fruition is during the full moon, so the fact that the studio redo just happened to coincide with the full moon in July, appealed to my mystical side as well…more on that later.
First, I created studio space pin board on Pinterest where I currently collect photos of ideas that appeal to me for a studio space. If you would like to join this board and pic high quality studio pictures along with me please message me on Pinterest and I will add you to the board.
I am drawn to the light and bright palette of the photos above, I also had some similar pieces in my studio. My built-in cabinetry is almost identical to the vertical corner storage in the photo on the left. Also, I have a long custom butcher block work table, that I use to build my products. These photos capture some of the current pieces in my studio and the overall coastal modern feeling that I wanted to create. As a product designer, I prefer a mostly white workspace because it is a clean slate, much like the walls of an art gallery. The white paint allows me to focus on the products that I design.
Art Studio Inspiration originally appeared on A Day In the Life blog, please see the product board with options 1 or 2 and let me know which one you like the best!
Last Sunday, I hosted our first Summer Workshop in a series and it was a great success! Our small group of participants created a collection of beautiful and original textiles for their homes. I provided 2 tea towels and guests brought in additional items to dye.
The 3 hour workshop began with a short lesson on Shibori folding techniques and culminated in a creative burst of energy!
(left) photo by Amelia Tabullo photography, (right) photo by Hilary L Hahn via Instagram
Lucky for us, the creative Sunday afternoon was memorable and inspiring. Read more on A Day in the Life
to see the event pics, learn more about the process and everyone’s stunning results!
One place that I go to for design inspiration is Palm Springs, CA and the desert surrounding it. There is something magical about the expansiveness, colors, and natural landscape that appeals to many. Visual artists over the years have built their art practices out in the desert.
Over on A Day in the Life, I will share some of my 5 favorite artists + one blogger, who live in the desert, inspire or creatively captures those desert vibes for me. From Los Angeles to the Palm Springs area, you can make it out there in just under 2 hours.
Read more about my 5 favorite artists here.
I am hosting my first ever Shibori Textile Workshop July, 9th via my current blog, A Day in the Life.
You can learn the ancient Art of Shibori and create 2 modern and bohemian tea towels for your home.
This textile workshop will teach and explore ancient art of Japanese Shibori. You will be able to experiment with various folds, tie and dye techniques to create unique fabrics colored a deep blue Indigo hue.
*Workshop size is limited to 8 individuals to allow ample time to create.
Here are the details on how to enroll now~
- Indigo Shibori Workshop
- West Los Angeles Studio
- July 9th, 2-5 p.m.
- All materials included.
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Today, I’m sharing a basic color wheel project that I have done many times with kids. When I make art with young kids, I use the color wheel as a topic for discovery.
After, introducing children to the Color Wheel, I like to host a “color hunt” in the center of the room. I allow them to fill color coded egg cartons, using a collection of “found” kid-friendly objects. I love how the collage of colorful objects looks on black illustration board too. Every time, I do this lesson some of the materials I use changes…some objects such as buttons and puzzle pieces that can be recycled and found around the house. One thing, that I have used every single time was colored pasta and colored drinking straws cut small. First, I ask young artists to search for the primary colors during the color hunt. Next, I asked them to search for secondary colors and sort in the carton. I made my cartons out of Mochi containers, which required eating Mochi:) Then, I painted them with acrylic paint so it would stick. Tempera or poster paint on an egg carton would work too!
Here are some of the materials I use for this project below:
- Foam shapes
- Colored pasta
- Craft glue, these mini sized bottles are great for small hands, although they are used up fast, if they clog or dry out, I feel less wasteful b/c they typically last just a few projects.
- Pom-poms, something soft or metallic looks good.
- Black card stock or thicker
There are so many household materials that are good for collage. You can get creative and use anything in a primary or secondary color that you want to repurpose.
Here are a few of the artworks below.
If any of you do try out this project with kids. I would love to hear about it. How did it go? Did your kids enjoy it? any variations that you tried and any final product pics? Please share!
Today, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. I have been working on a new artist site and blog all season. It will be my new home base where I will share my daily inspiration and projects that you can try based on work that is evolving from my studio. I would love for you to consider finding me there.
For now, I would like to share, 5 of my favorite Winter Art projects that are handmade and craft-based. I plan give many handmade gifts this year, and these are my top 5 favorites.
- DIY Winter Succulents– You can see a DIY of this workshop over on my blog today.
A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.
- Desgin your own wreath or mini-wreath, my latest post!
- Block print your own gift wrap, I would love to try this beautiful tutorial. It feels even more satisfying to give when you have all your gifts in pretty colors and handmade paper.
photo via Honestly Wtf
- Design your own snow-globe (with kids), still one of the most adorable vintage snow globe DiY projects out there. I found all the supplies for this at my local home garden store.
- DIY your own holiday photo cards. I share cards from year’s past and how I work with a Minted online to create keepsakes for our family the past few years.
photo via Hilary L Hahn
Blogging here has helped me to grow immensely as an individual artist and product designer. I am thankful for those of you who have followed along over the years. I plan to continue to post project ideas here from time to time, but you can what my studio life emerge and grow here.
I hope you will come along for the ride!
Emulate the Fifties with a Bingo-Inspired Light Installation
The Fifties: the time of rock-n-roll, Doo Wop, Pop Art and Abstract
Expressionism. It was a glamorous, fun, and fearless decade for art, and it
was when people began trying to move against established constructs and
trying to explore their own talents.
If you want to emulate this great decade, you could create a light
installation inspired by one of the biggest games of the decade: bingo.
While the game saw its popularity whittling down by the 60s, it’s seen a
resurgence like no other in the past few years, thanks to advances in
technology and the internet. In the UK, where bingo has seen much of its
renewed audience, the BBC reports that the 20 online bingo portals in 2004 had grown to over 350 in 2013, and with software like the Virtue Fusion platform, which was adapted
and popularized by Betfair when they launched their bingo portal in 2013, more and more sites are being developed and launched. This makes bingo an easy avenue to bring your
Fifties style into the modern age.
This bingo light installation is inspired by Progress Lighting’s Bingo collection. The lighting collection makes use of the images that are recurring in the game of bingo: circular shapes that remind one of the bingo balls that have made the game so popular, and thick
outlines that bring to mind the lines of bingo cards. To create your own
bingo-inspired light installation, all you need are round LED panel lights,
as well as other round objects like plates and mirrors. Try to find something like the round LED panel lights offered by Powertech, as these have the thick border that we are looking for.
To start setting up your installation, lay down the lights and begin
arranging the other round objects around them, similar to how you’d create
a plate wall. Use varied sizes of plates and mirrors and lights to create a
spontaneous feel. You could also wrap some of the plates in different paper
to create more variety, or paint over the borders of the LED panel lights.
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