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Art Making & Studio Spaces: Unleash Your Inner Artist: An Intimate Look at 31 Creative Work Spaces Paperback – January 1, 2010

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Once again, Lynne has knocked it out of the ballpark as she shares an intimate look at the workspaces of 31 prominent artists. …The clear and vivid photography is coupled with the artists’ insights into the methods to their “madness”… Artists reveal why their particular studio set ups work for them in hopes of guiding you to finding your own perfect layout. This book is perfect for those looking for ideas for their home studios or for those of us who dream of having a studio one day. - Christen Olivarez, “Enlighten Me”, Somerset Studios, July/August 2010

About the Author

Lynne Kendall Perrella is a mixed-media artist, author, designer, workshop instructor, and incurable collector. Her interests include collage, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books, and art journals. She conducts creativity workshops in the United States and abroad and exhibits collage in galleries throughout the Berkshire Mountains. www.lkperrella.com


Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535392
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to my Author's page. I live and breathe mixed media artwork. I am a collage artist, author, and workshop instructor. Years ago, I was consulting with another artist who was writing a book on Altered Books. I knew many colleagues in that field and was happy to make recommendations and forward along any potentially-helpful information to her. One day, I got an email from her stating that she had decided to also include the topic of Art Journals in her book. I immediately fired back: "Hey! That subject should have its OWN book"; and she recommended that I work up my own book proposal on the subject. On an impulse, I went ahead with the idea, and within a week I started writing my first book, "Artist's Journals and Sketchbooks", published by Rockport/Quarry in 2004. I realized how affirming it was to be an advocate and a spokesperson for a topic I felt strongly about; plus it was a joy to feature the work of artists I knew and respected....plus some new faces. The other compartments of my life, as a full-time artist and a workshop instructor, work well with my more recent role as an author. All of the aspects, of all these endeavors, seem to interact perfectly. Since my first book, I have gone on to do four other titles. "Alphabetica", "Beyond Paper Dolls", "Art-Making: Collections & Obsessions" and my latest book, "Art-Making & Studio Spaces". Every aspect of doing a book project is interesting; from the first sudden "what if?" vision of a potential book idea, to planning the book map/pagination, to working with my photographer, to interacting with the contributing artists, and getting the guidance and coaching from the editors at Rockport/Quarry. Not unlike the art-making process itself, my goal as an author is to attempt something that is unique, distinctive, and personal. I would like artists and non-artists alike to encounter my books and feel that they are being welcomed into a fascinating artform (mixed media) where personal artistic exploration is alive and well.

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I have taken classes from the eight artists featured in this book including the author, Lynne Perrella. But I have been in only two of the studio spaces shown, so before I got her book, I was more than anxious to see what the rest of my instructors' workspaces looked like. I also was curious as well about other artists whose classes I have not taken yet or have heard about in the media.

The "tour" began with the author's studio. As I looked at each artist's spaces through Lynne's and the photographer's eyes, I began to wonder if that my conception/definition of a typical artist's workspace was pretty limited. In this book, the stores and outdoors were considered as extensions of the creative space for some of the artists. One could think of the whole world (including libraries, museums, stores, et al) as one large studio for the creative people.

This book is more like a photo-documentary on the workspaces of 31 artists (one couple counted as two) - twenty-nine artists are residing in this country (USA) and two are in Australia. Lynne's descriptive writings provided personal observations of the space, and also the details on the artists from various fields: quilt making, photography, mixed media, graphic design, landscape architect, book arts, collage, assemblage, sculpture and even antique restoration. I found it interesting that Lynne would include a restorer's workshop as part of this tour - once again, this book challenged me to rethink my preconceived idea on what typically constitutes a "creative" space.

Due to the limitation of any publication, not every nooks and crannies are shown for all of the artists' spaces. Not only that, I know that some of the studios were really not that neat when the photographs were taken.
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We all wait with breathless anticipation for a new Lynne Perrella book and this one was, as always, well worth the wait. Once again Lynne takes a subject that has been written about before in books and magazines, and instead of merely adding more of the same, she turns the dial to a new channel, gives the subject that inimitable Perrella tweak, and produces a volume that stands alone. This is not another "here's how to make your studio - complete with measurements and purchasing instructions", this is a beautiful, intimate, colourful view into the studios of 31 incredibly creative people.
The photography is wonderful and the layout as well - I especially love that on one page you see a shot of a large area of the studio and then there will be an extreme close-up of a small section of the same shot. It's like being in the studio, seeing something you love and then walking over to get a better look. Lynne's writing welcomes you into each space and makes it come alive. You leave feeling a deeper kinship with the artist -not necessarily knowing the dimensions or location of each closet, but definitely knowing a bit more about their creative spirit. A wide spectrum of the arts is covered; mixed-media, photography, quilting, print making and others. Who among us can pass up a chance to peek into an artist's studio?
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I waited anxiously for this book to come out and I am very disappointed in its context. The pictures are gorgeous, but that is about it. The 2 magazines, Where Women Create and Studios, give much better information on an artist's studio than the book does. The artist's studio descriptions don't even tell the reader what type of media each artist engages in and could really benefit from some organization. In my opinion, this is not a reference book, but instead a picture book and I am sadly returning it.
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I was excited to get this book because I have been collecting books about artists' spaces. This book was disappointing, not only because of the pictures but also because the writing is convoluted. The pictures were mere "pieces" of the studios; and as an English teacher, I would say the text is like Faulkner's--great for literature, tiresome for an art book. If you like books and magazines such as Where Women Create and Interweave's Studios, then I would say that this book is their "Goth" cousin. Many of the articles ask if the artist accepts visitors to his/her studio, but you have to figure out longitude and latitude to know where it is. There are no pictures of the artists, other than Perella. I don't plan to keep it.
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I pre-ordered this book a long time ago because I knew it would be beautiful and well done. Yes, I know the author, have even contributed to one (or 2) of her books and several of her collaborative projects in the past, but that does not influence my opinion of this book.

It was everything I was expecting and more. It is a book about artists' studios as viewed through another artist's eyes, intended for anyone who wishes to enter into the mind of an artist. As the title says, this book is an intimate look. It catches what your eye would, details, the trees, not the forest. An artist's studio is the closest we can get into the head of an artist. it is an extremely personal space. Creating and filling a studio is a work of art in itself. The photos are more telling than any words could be. If there were no words I would not miss them.

As the title suggests, this book unleashes your creativity by appealing to your right-brain. If you want a left-brained approach on storage, organization, how-to, tips and tricks, I recommend Studios magazine by Interweave.
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