Because who doesn't love a good sticky beak in an artist's studio?
di rowling - bydii design
The ByDii workspace is a c.1910 laundry attached to the back of our Inglewood home. A mega-downsize a few years ago saw me despairing of how I could set up my previously spacious jewellery studio in something the size of a rectangular garden shed with a single powerpoint. This incredibly frustrating, but ultimately fulfilling exercise taught me to be inventive with space; to flow into every available crevice; to practise minimalism; and to allow space to organically inform use. The result is an ultra-compact dual silversmithing and forging space that has its tight, organised spaces supplemented by an airy, light-filled breezeway for hammering and polishing. Conquering the constraints of a small space definitely fuelled my creativity (along with the relief that I could actually make it work). Denying conventional limitations, enhancing inventiveness and allowing space to inform function are a skillset tailor-made for a contemporary artisan who enjoys taking conventional metal-working techniques and re-inventing them.
peter barker - painter
I am a painter based in Beaconsfield, WA. The view is a corner of my studio with all the tools of the trade, brushes, palette, paint etc.
All my walls are adorned with paintings or clippings that I like to draw upon for inspiration.
You can also see a plaster cast of the Greek philosopher Socrates which I use to help in the drawing process. My main media is oil paint so I do lots of studies on location which I then bring back to the studio and rework for larger pieces.
During my creative process I often play with composition, design and colour. Adding and subtracting details that don’t help strengthen the overall painting.
ben pronk - painter
My studio is a shed out the back of our house, which my father- and brother-in-law and I built. Being able to design and build from the ground up meant I was able to incorporate some pretty cool features, like the extractor fan for getting rid of overspray and spotlights for taking reference photos.
I work mainly in oils while I’m in here, although I still paint in watercolour when I’m travelling, which is a fair bit.
My kids sometimes join me to paint; their masterpieces put my stuff to shame (apart from my ‘oil on Kelvinator’ skull – that’s pretty cool). It’s great to have the fridge so close; I chuck my palette straight in the freezer which keeps the paint from hardening for days.
It’s pretty handy having cold beer that close as well.
andy wilkinson - artist
I guess I have a pop-up art studio - when I get a burst of creativity, it takes over much of my thoughts, and my workshop too. It’s just a tin shed but I lined it in timber panelling and decorated with all sorts of eclectic stimuli, memorabilia and antique woodworking tools, some of which my grandfather used. I haven’t yet found one medium that absorbs me so I move between painting, carving, photography and have some ideas for sculpting.
This photo captures an eye fascination that kicked off for me after a weekend workshop a while back. My workshop isn’t always this “neat” with all sorts of projects passing through – there’s an antique wall clock in pieces awaiting delivery of a new mechanism at the moment.
I am pleased to share my studio space with my daughter who lately is experimenting with resin casting.
joanne duffy - painter
My home studio is separate to the house in what was the original garage of our 60s designed and built home. Quiet and cool, it is a mixture of artwork storage, working spaces and the all important contemplation couch for when I stop for breaks.
I’ve plenty of room for all my sketch books, art history books and a scattering of pop culture bits and bobs.
The dog (Indy a Hungarian Vizsla) comes and goes, checking in to see what I’m up to. It’s my second home!
sally edmonds - artist
This is my workspace. I only recently got it and just had the corner of a room before. I love having a space all of my own. Having said that, Bubbles the Lovebird also occupies this room a lot of the time and she is sitting on my drawing board as usual. I’m in this space most days. Essential equipment is my laptop and gigantic screen, phone charger so I can listen to podcasts, audiobooks etc and paper for Bubbles to chew up so she will let me work. Barney the Doberman also hangs out in here with us. My old drawing table cost me $50 and I keep my pastel pencils in colour order in plastic boxes. My pastels are kept in a big wooden tray that you can see in the bottom right hand corner.
This is a very tidy day!
suzie brown - artist
Two years ago we finally built our dream home. We converted the garage on the plans into a studio/ gallery.
Every day I’m in the studio, even if it's just to have a coffee. I love being surrounded by art and its possibilities and I’m always trying new things, resin, acrylic, oils or pastels.
Being part of the house, everyone seems to come in and hang out for a chat, including the cats. Having the ability to look outside and have the breeze coming in while painting, is fabulous.
I like to keep it neat, it helps me to focus. (Just don’t look too closely at the floor!!)
tanya cole - artist
My home studio space doubles as a teaching space, hence the scribbles on the wall and many, many paint drips! I love this room. I have a big leather chair behind where the photo was taken, where I have my morning coffee and read, journal and meditate. I also sit there and study my paintings to decide where to go next. I am a bit of a messy painter, with three boys I am rather time poor and not much cleaning or organising gets done between painting sessions; other than washing brushes and replenishing/storing paint on my palette. My boys will often come and draw or paint on the floor whilst I am working on a piece. The room has a lovely peaceful feel to it. I also have another larger room at the front of the house where I also teach from, package paintings & prints, film and do admin tasks. One day I am looking forward to incorporating the way both spaces function into one large airy space where I can run larger workshops for people. It will be so wonderful to share my love of art & art for personal growth with bigger groups down the track.
lindy midalia - artist
My home studio evolved 3 years ago when we built our new home and I finally had a space of my own to create. It is my sanctuary; a place to immerse myself in art, which almost becomes a meditative practice when I am working in there. My mediums are oils, acrylics and pastels. I enjoy using each medium in turn, depending on my subject matter. There is just enough room to store my art equipment, canvasses and paintings, along with hanging space on the walls. Being somewhat of a messy painter, a sink was an essential for me, so as to have easy access in one space to clean up after a day of creating. I love to be in this studio space and will often just sit there quietly, thinking of ideas, revisiting work I have completed and wondering where my next journey in art will take me.
felicia lowe - painter
Living on a couple of acres (Perth Hills) provided plenty of options when we built my studio 10 years ago, it is surrounded by bush, with the occasional cockatoo or parrot dropping honky nuts on the tin roof and we've even had several local lizards find their way inside.
I don’t think an artists studio is ever big enough really! Especially when the large family dogs decide its much cooler (literally) to be with me whilst I work. I have been known to trip over our Blue Heeler who tends to sleep right behind where I am working. (Ragnar the brown Doberman is pictured).
My arts practice is either acrylic or soft pastel on board, but in this pic you might spy the small easel on which is an oil on panel. I usually listen to audiobooks when painting which helps me relax and channel my intuition.
kshanti - painter
My little ‘BOX’ is my studio, where I spend most of my time at home.
I find so much peace and therapy in my Art World. The natural light is very important to me, very rarely I would paint at night. Being surrounded with my colourful paintings is joyful and I am amazed at what I produce. Every painting is a challenge, just like every single day we live.
The finished product brings me a smile “ Did I really do that?”
Painting is a gifted talent.
To be considered for the Studio View series, please send the following information to Michelle Saleeba:
1. A high res image of your workspace or studio, showing your main work area, not individual artworks. Wide-angle photographs work well to capture a large space. Inclusion of studio pets welcomed, head shots or posed people not so much.
2. Write a paragraph, 150 word limit, about your art space, describing it, what do you do there? What can be seen in the photo? This is not a BIO.
3. A link to your website or SM platform will be included so people can read more about you and see your artwork.
Image courtesy Hilly Coufreur