Studio Snapshots: The Private Spaces of Creatives at Work

Studio Snapshots: The Private Spaces of Creatives at Work

An Artists Open Studio Tour

By Sandra Tyler, Editor-in-Chief

Having grown up with an artist as a mother, I have always revered that private space of the creative at work; a space that resonates of the artist’s individuality, and a reason I’ve always enjoyed studio tours—over the years, having helped my mother prepare her own studio for such tours, I have been on the other side of what it means to open up that private space to the general public. It takes a bit of gumption, but I think most often proves a rewarding experience for both the artists and their studio visitors.

This local tour was comprised of twelve studios on the north shore of Long Island. I wasn’t able to get to all twelve but below are a few examples of the divergent studio spaces.

Here is Annemarie Waugh in her studio, one of our WTP artists. You can see her work in Vol. III #11. Her paintings are a unique melding of pencil and acrylic:




Fernada Vargas has explored multiple art forms, including painting, mosaics, silkscreen, and papier-mâché, but has focused on batik – a technique she mastered while living in Indonesia over twenty years ago:

Vargas in her studio.
Vargas demonstrating how batik is much about resisting dyes with the application of wax.
A batik work from her “All Wrapped Up” project, a combination of photographs and batik on old table cloths.

Pam Brown: “All of my sculptures employ a technique similar to the process of sewing, where sheet metal and wire replace fabric and threads. The needlework alludes to both ‘women’s work’ and early industrial manufacturing. The association of industry and domesticity engages a sensibility different from the ‘heavy metal’ approach to sculpture that dominates much of American modernism and carries a strong element of bravado.”

Pam Brown in her studio.
Elements of works in progress –copper pliable enough to be cut with plain scissors!


A detail of a larger work.

Sungsook Setton is a Korean-American artist and calligrapher. “I have used traditional materials, including sumi-e ink, watercolor, and dyes on silk, and experimented with narrative formats that incorporate images and words, including scrolls, fans, and accordion books.”

Setton in her studio.


An example of one of her scroll works.

As always, WTP seeks to grow Web traffic to artists; visit these artists websites to see more of their works that originated in these sacred creative places: Annemarie Waugh, Fernada VargasPam Brown, and Sungsook Setton .


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