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Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Studio Tour: Sue Henry’s Block Prints and Textile Designs

Studio Tour: Sue Henry’s Block Prints and Textile Designs

I wouldn’t mind going to work here every morning. Open, well-lighted, quiet, and colorful, Sue Henry’s studio space in the back of her Del Ray rowhouse is a perfect retreat and workspace. Sue initially envisioned the studio as a place where she would throw pots and make sculptures, to continue the work she studied in art school in Philadelphia. After she had kids, though, the studio space evolved into a printmaking studio where she carves linoleum wood blocks and prints her designs onto fabric. “I realized that my time would be limited,” she says, “so I decided to create textiles. I needed something that was more immediate, something where I could both see the results quickly and where if I left it for two weeks it wouldn’t turn to dust or dry out. Also, I have rough and tumble boys, and for all of our sanity I needed to make things that they couldn’t break.” Sue finds that carving the blocks gives her the same thrill as carving clay....

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 | 1 comment

Studio Tour: Tim and Charles’s Silkscreen Printing Business

Studio Tour: Tim and Charles’s Silkscreen Printing Business

If it weren’t for my acquaintance with Sara, my daughter’s art teacher from the Art League in Old Town, I may have never had the pleasure of meeting her friends Charles Robertson and Tim Lovelace. These two young and extremely talented artists are running their own silkscreen printing business – Sediment Press – out of the living room of a one-bedroom apartment in Del Ray. Sara hooked us up, and last weekend Katie and I had the pleasure of watching Tim and Charles work on one of their recent commissions – a set of one-of-a-kind invitations to a  birthday party. By following along while they made one of the unique and gorgeous screen-printed cards, Katie and I learned more about the precise and captivating (and ancient) art of screen printing. Tim and Charles do very well with keeping their DIY studio space confined to the edges of the living room the one-bedroom apartment Tim shares with Sara. They keep things neat and orderly, a must when working with delicate...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Studio Tour: Painter Patricia Uchello

Studio Tour: Painter Patricia Uchello

Who’s to say a painter needs a big studio space when a small-space studio can work just fine. For Alexandria-based artist Patricia Uchello, an 8 by 10 foot room in her home works perfectly well as her painting studio. All she really requires is her easel, oil paints and palette, and room for placing still life objects. Of course, she brings a great deal of talent, dedication, and skill into the mix as well. Patricia is a successful and prolific painter who displays her work permanently at  A Show of Hands in Del Ray and in four other galleries in the surrounding area at present. You can see her complete exhibition list on her Web site. She uses her space smartly. She says that a painter has “automatic storage” for completed paintings: the walls! At times, she has original art hanging in every room in the house, even the laundry room. In her studio, she often hangs wet paintings on the walls to dry in a safe place. She...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 | 2 comments

Studio Tour: A Home Devoted to Art-Making All the Time

Studio Tour: A Home Devoted to Art-Making All the Time

I want to relive my childhood in Susan Miranda’s home where art abounds and at any given time, a big project is unfolding in her living room turned art studio. Susan is an art teacher at a local coop preschool and she creates art in her free time in a variety of mediums. Susan says she “does what she loves,” which means scrapbooking, quilting, painting, quilling, sewing, embroidery, clay sculpting, mosaics, wire sculpting, and “anything else that floats her boat.” Susan took me on a tour of her jaw-dropping studio space, the first thing you see upon entering her home. Her studio takes up the entire front living room. It used to be in the basement, but when the family renovated, they realized they would hang out in the new addition in the back more frequently, and the front living room would become one of those look-but-don’t-touch living rooms. A friend urged her to set up her studio space there, and she got the okay from her husband. (The...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 | 6 comments

DIY Studio Tour: Wessex Soap

DIY Studio Tour: Wessex Soap

Perhaps the modern version of potpourri in a wicker basket is homemade scented soap. I visited a local resident who makes natural soap in her house and the aroma that hit me when she opened the door was simply divine. Rachel Wilhelm sells her Wessex Soap at Bellies & Babies consignment boutique in Del Ray. I’ve bought them to give as hostess and birthday gifts. I’ve also become used to having two bars of natural soap in my bathroom at all times. The essential oils waft through the house, especially after someone showers. Making high quality soap is by necessity a DIY venture. It has to be done in small batches, making approximately 18 bars. When I visited Rachel, she showed me the process of making a batch of unscented soap for friends whose children are sensitive to scents and for clients who suffer from eczema. In fact, she first started making her own soap to treat her son’s eczema. Ten years ago when she lived in Idaho, Rachel and...

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