In today’s artist interview & sneak peek we return to In the Studio with Don Marlowe. Don was my boss and mentor in my career as a textile and carpet designer. The world is small and I discovered that he lived in the same town as a client I had traveled to work with, and so Don agreed to my request to come see his art and working studio in his home! I’m so grateful for the artists who invite us to visit their studios! We can each learn from these visits as we see how others have created systems and set up their creative spaces to support their creative cycles. Don was gracious to let me visit him totally spur of the moment and these photos are not styled so this is typical of what his studio space looks like on an average day.
In The Studio with Don Marlowe-Artist Interview & Sneak Peek-Part II (see Part I here)
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once?
DM::Usually several at a time, skipping around from one to another – probably because I’m hyper & they can evolve.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
DM::I’m able to leave most things are left out but keep some supplies in a few tackle boxes for specific small things.
HKPS:: I also love how Don has labeled his supplies in an old dresser! #stealthisidea!
HKPS::Do you think your creative success and or your process is helped or constricted by discipline?
DM::Discipline does not enter into it – just my continuing interests.
HKPS::Do you set any self imposed limitations (to your schedule, material use etc)? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
DM::No limitations. I work in solitude.
HKPS::Don has a wonderful inspiring collection of art and design books in his studio, he always shared them with us when we worked on design projects and came up with incredible ideas!
HKPS:: How do you store finished artwork?
DM::Framed work in my workbench on shelves, on the stairs (see photo below) and on our walls.
HKPS:: How much thought do you give to your artistic body of work in terms of historic value and the overall legacy you will leave behind?
DM::I just hope my grandchildren will enjoy & appreciate my “stuff”.
HKPS::How do you store/archive your work or records?
DM:: I photograph most of my work.
A big thank you to Don for sharing his studio space, on a whim! If you are interested in any of Don’s work, please email him directly and he can provide you with photos and pricing. I am thrilled to have a piece of Don’s work in my collection.
*The idea for the Inside the Artist Studio series began while attending an art retreat where I curiously observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. I’m very interested in sharing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
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