Today we head Inside the Studio with Beth Melton-Seabrook of Elizabeth & Co. We I met somewhere in Charleston amongst the many art happenings here and got to know each other more closely through the “Artist Way” reading group I facilitated earlier this year. Beth art is a mix of fun and free spirited whimsy and re-purposed materials, incorporating images of sea life from land and sky. When I first saw her little studio space I knew I wanted to invite her on the blog and graciously she said yes! I’m thrilled to share her studio and organizing tips in this interview. These photo’s are not styled in any way, this is typical of what Beth’s working studio looks like on an average day.
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.
Interview and Studio Sneak Peek Part I
HKPS::What age did you suspect or know you were an artist?
BMS::The day my grandmother found a frame and put a piece that I had drawn on a napkin on her foyer entry table.
HKPS::What mediums do you work with and are there specific tools or materials you find challenging to keep organized or locate when you need to use them?
BMS::I do have a somewhat overall or general organizational system. I keep tools in specific spots so that I can put my hands on them easily. It’s the small, daily things that tend to bog me down.
HKPS:: Where do you make your art, how big is your studio and how long have you been in this space?
BMS::The sunroom off of our kitchen and dining room is my studio. The location is perfect….the size, not so much. I often overflow in to the dining room and/or kichen…..much to my husband’s dismay. I have been in this space for about 2 years
Beth Melton-Seabrook Studio Part I
For all of Beths Studio Shots see the Flickr Album
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once? Is this due to space constraints, creative process, organizing systems or other influences?
BMS::I don’t have the room for too many projects to be happening simultaneously. Usually just one piece at a time.
HKPS::When you began working in this space did you plan any systems for the overall set up or did you let things evolve organically? How did past studio spaces or systems influence this space?
BMS::I did put some thought in to my space set up. I knew I needed an office space and a work space- although both of these spaces are often piled with paperwork. I also needed an easel space with good natural light.
HKPS::Is making art your primary “job” or source of income? How much time do you spend in your studio weekly/daily?
My art is my primary job. I do work a few hours a week at Page’s Thieves Market where I procure and merchandise products from local makers. I also run the work-room there with client’s paint projects. I spend at least a few hours a day in my studio.
Thank you Beth for sharing with us a bit about your space and how you work! Now head over to Part II where I have more from her about how she organizes her space and any tips she has to share so check back for Part II. You can also see more of her work on her website here.