Okay, so it’s not just “Ann Flowers,” it’s “Ann Flowers Gosser” now. But “Ann Flowers” is just so cute! She was even a “flower girl” at my wedding. Obviously, over-qualified for the job, but thankfully she still agreed to do it! So, she’ll always be “Flowers” to me. But that “Gosser” guy seems pretty cool… He built her flat files!
For this continuation of my Kitchen Printshop: Peeks into others’ home shops, I’ve got some pictures of Ann’s home studio. Ann is an amazing, hard-working and overall crazy-nice person. We met at Frogman’s Print and Paper workshop and shared our anxieties about open portfolio, not posting enough on Etsy, and general art-nerd-breakdowns.
Ann is constantly inspiring me with her blog, where she features “studio tours” of other artists spaces (obviously stealing that one!,) updates on her art-making, Etsy treasuries and other Etsy stuff (her shop: http://abeautifulparty.blogspot.com/) and other posts about artists she likes, popular culture, and her adorable bunny rabbits.
In addition to sending me some pics of her space, Ann was also kind enough to answer some questions I sent her, So I’ll post those below with her responses. Enjoy!
1. Do you miss the sunlight in your studio? Or do you prefer not being around too many windows? (I know I can get distracted looking outside sometimes!)
My last studio had a window and while it was nice to have that kind of light it made me so restless! I would sit and try to work but I would feel guilty like I needed to be taking advantage of the nice weather and go for a bike ride. But if I went on a bike ride I would feel guilty and think I should be in my studio working! It was a never ending cycle. Now I have a yard so I just go outside and work when I need the sun.
2. What do you usually watch/listen to while you work?
Lately I have been watching a lot of true crime shows while I work. It’s making me so paranoid! I try to listen to podcasts when I can and music when I feel like singing loud! My poor husband’s office is next to my studio do he gets subjected to a lot of rap concerts. : )
3. Do you work best in a cluttered environment or an organized environment?
I definitely work best in an organized environment. Unfortunately it’s rare that my studio is organized, although I guess there is some sort of organization beyond the clutter. I wish I could have a housekeeper just for my studio….and the rest of my house…
4. If you could go anywhere in the world to do a studio residency, where would you go?
I would go anywhere as long as all my best art friends were there. When I am with you and Blake and all the art gang I truly feel invincible. I’m still waiting for us to start that artist commune we always talk about. I guess it would be cool if it (the art commune) was in Sweden or Australia. I’m liking a lot of the arts that are coming out of those places right now.
5. Does it always look like a birthday party in your studio!? It’s so cheery!
Yes!! It truly does. My whole house looks like it’s just waiting for the party guests to arrive. Balloons and banners have always been my favorite decorations so why just use them at party time?
6. How much time do you get to spend in your studio? Do you have a regular schedule? Or just go in when you can/when you get the urge?
I wish I could organize a regular schedule for myself. I’m just in there when I can be. The nice thing is that I always want to be in there so as long as I’m not at my day job you can usually find me making a yarn Pom Pom or gluing tissue paper to boxes somewhere in the house.
Thanks so much for sharing, Ann!
P.S. This is our 101st post!