Studio table: Lynn Smith Stanley, Asheville NC
you never know what you might learn in an artist's studio.
Of course, you get to see art and the tools the artist uses to create it.
And, if you keep your eyes open, you might even learn some unexpected things about the artist, and about the creative process itself.
The space artists work in, the tools & materials they use—and the objects they surround themselves with—tell you little pieces of the artist's story. You may discover an unexpected connection with the artist—an connection with their creative drive and spirit.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. —Steve Jobs
Finding Common Ground
You may find that you share experience with the artist (even if you think you don't have a creative bone in your body). It may be as seemingly trivial as a shared love of cats, or as passionate as a devotion to a common cause. It may be that you've each traveled to the same favorite spot on the earth, or grew up at the shore. That you like the same music, or share a favorite author. That [you fill in the blank].
Whatever it is, once you sense a connection to an artist, you come to notice that—through their unique way of processing the world—they seem to speak directly to you through their artwork.
what do the objects in an artist's studio say?
What if the objects you see in an artist's studio could speak to you? What if they could speak FOR the artist—telling little pieces of their story for them, and helping you get to know them...even helping you get to know yourself through them?