I had meant to write about all the excitement yesterday, but it was so exciting, that by the time I biked home, I was ready to settle in for dinner and a movie with my love (a rare event for a Monday, he usually works nights!).
So yesterday with the help of my first ever investor, my aforementioned love, I moved into my new ‘office/studio, however you like. He really is good to me, while I could have bore the burden of first and last months rent there myself, it really freed me up to do some more fun things with my income in regards to the business, such as my plans to buy as much linoleum as I can this weekend when we hit Blick in Berkeley, as well as some pretty papers to play with.
The new studio space is great for me, it’s not huge, but it’s just the right size and environment for me to get started and get to work! I am already so inspired there, I brought in a few key elements to help me get in the right frame of mind as I set off on this journey, which you will see in the snapshots I brought back.
I brought some vintage art books on calligraphy, one from my Grandaddy, as well as his book on hummingbirds, you never know when you need it! I also brought some ephemera from my start at art school, a couple master copies I did in color and comp, to remind me that even though I thought I couldn’t I did! I also brought some family pictures, of my grandparents, and my great aunt. They were all 3 wonderful artists, and very inspiring people. My grandaddy did lettering for films, my grandmommy painted and taught others to paint, and my aunt Averill not only had her own fashion lines that sold at the May company, but she also ran a very large construction and architecture firm that is still in business and thriving today. I like to keep them nearby to remind myself of what they accomplished, and what I might do if I just stick with it.
Yesterday I made a small bit of progress, I got a tentative design out for my logo, and I carved a goldfish stamp. I always liked the goldfish scene in Fantasia, so I tried to hark back to that.
Without further ado, here is my new studio, and some of my work!
Nib duck! He holds all my carving nibs, as well as the nibs for my beloved dip pens.
My very own space to work and dream!
My picture shelf, with some of my greatest inspirations.
And last but not least, what I think may become my logo!
I got a new book today, that I am currently devouring as I prepare to launch this business.. I am so filled with gratitude and excitement, I cannot wait to see where this odd duck takes me!