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Come on over to my place

I like this paper. I will confess I relented and bought some more from Paper Source as I still can’t find a source of funky modern designs here in the UK. However, I have found another good supplier of lovely paper called the Paper Studio. They are based in Tempe, Arizona and the studio is a teaching studio and paper arts shop created and run by Cindy and Gary who are mixed media and book and paper artists’. It’s no good, I am just going to have to move to the USA.

I have been tagged by Kylee over at Bijoux and Banter to tell you all about my studio. I think calling it a studio is over stating it a bit, it’s more of a work room. I do have to confess though that in the interests of making my fledgling business sound a bit more groovy and professional than it actually is, I have called it Limetree Studio. This is a business card which uses a photograph I took in my garden last summer.

Artist name: Diane Aldred

Business name: Limetree Studio

Website/blog: This is it! New one on the way. Honest.

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes. I used to work in my kitchen but I moved to a spare bedroom.

Where is it located? On the top floor of my house.

Is it a large or small space? It’s quite big, it doubles as a study and all my books are up there as well as a TV and a sofa.

What medium(s) do you work in? Paper, I am an addict.

Do you have a separate area for each? If I was organized I would have a separate area for gluing as keeping glue under control is the bane of my life.

What one word would you use to describe your studio? Comfortable.

What do you think is the best feature of your studio? My plan chest keeps me organized.

What would you change if you could? I’d buy more storage so it was tidier.

Can you share an organisational tip? Tidy as you go (that’s rich coming from me…..)

Describe the usual state of your work table? A disaster zone

Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Towards the wall (which has a large painting of my lovely boys on it) and which I am going to paint soon (as soon as I can get someone to help me move the plan chest…..)

What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? It’s too far from the kitchen (2 floors away) so I am constantly running up and down stairs to make tea/answer the door.

Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board? No. I take inspiration from the papers I buy.

Do you listen to music in your studio? Yes, loud music which I sing along to.

Do you display your own work in your studio? No

Other artists’ work? I have paintings on the wall.

What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio?
My desk where my laptop is, is always tidy but my book making work space is very untidy. Not sure why….

Whose studio space would you like to read about? I would like to tag the following artists to reveal their studio spaces….

Kim at Laketrees.

Astrid at Tulibri

Amy Hanks

Jane at My Wooden Robot

And now for my weekend. Click on all images for a larger version.

I had a lovely weekend. The weather was fantastic, warm and sunny. I went for a walk around the Fleet on Sunday and then stopped for lunch at a pub in Langton Herring. I must confess I ended up watching TV as it was the last match of the football season and my team Manchester United were tied for first place at the top of the Premier League so everything depended on this last day of matches. Without boring you with too many details, suffice it to say, my boys won the title for the 17th time. All in all, a fantastic day.

I’m off to London for a couple of days tomorrow. I’m meeting up with some old friends who are visiting from Australia. The last time I saw them was about 6 years ago and before that I hadn’t seen them for about 20 odd years. I just hope the trains don’t let me down this time…..

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16 responses to “Come on over to my place

  1. 70steen May 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    humpf! (need I say more :) coz you now the rivalry between us norverners ) lol

  2. Diane May 12, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Well, 4th place isn’t bad….and as you are now living in Manchester, I hope you will be supporting my boys in Moscow against those horrid Southerners?

  3. Teresa May 13, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Funky, lovely paper/book! Yes, do move to the U.S. and visit me!! ;)

    Cute cows; I do adore them.

    Glad you had a lovely weekend. I’m sorry I haven’t been by as often. My sis is still here, and we’ve been spending time chatting and, would you believe, doing chores.

    Looking forward to getting back here in a week, although I’ll miss my sister when she leaves.

  4. laketrees May 13, 2008 at 3:09 am

    smashing books Diane…
    this one and the grassy one…
    love your cow pics !!!
    and thanks for the tag ..
    enjoyed reading your interview :)

  5. Dunn May 13, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Wow! I love this one. The cover is so cool!
    The views are so beautiful. You are so lucky living in such beautiful place.

  6. Daddy Papersurfer May 13, 2008 at 6:44 am

    I would be very suspicious if your studio was tidy.
    Look on the logistical problems of tea-making and the front door being on the ground floor as a useful form of exercise to help with your weighty problem you mentioned the other day – not that I noticed of course.
    I look forward to a full report on the railway system and how fantastic it is, on your return from the ‘Big Smoke’.

  7. strugglingwriter May 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I really really really like this one. Seriously. Darn close to perfect in my mind.

    Yay for Manchester United.

    Have a great time in London!

  8. Clara May 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Diane!
    Beautifull paper make beautiful books,congratulations.
    I love your last books.
    Clara*

  9. Jenny May 14, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Darling, it is an atelier!

    Great pics … great book!

  10. DrowseyMonkey May 14, 2008 at 4:32 am

    That was very enlightening! Your workspace sounds much more organized than mine ;)

    I love that photo of the cow…what a face!

  11. Diane May 14, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Teresa – have you heard the saying ‘Be careful what you wish for…..’ ? :-)
    So glad you are enjoying your sister’s visit – although it still sounds like you are working hard!

    Kim – I look forward to reading about your studio and seeing where all your fantastic works are created. Glad you like the books :-)

    Dunn – it is nice paper isn’t it? I am lucky – that’s why I try to share it :-)

    DP – you are right – running up and down stairs is good exercise and being so far fro the kitchen SHOULD mean I don’t eat as much……
    I’m back! And the trains were perfectly on time. Amazing.

    SW – glad you like this one. It does work well. I hope your Penguins do as well as Manchester United :-) The beard is looking good, I must say.

    Clara – good to hear from you again. It is a nice paper, isn’t it? :-)

    Jenny – I think atelier is flattering it too much but it works for me :-)

    DM – it’s messy but I think ‘organized chaos’ best describes it :-)
    The cow was very young and was very intrigued by the camera – a real sweetheart :-)

  12. writinggb May 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Ah, those pictures from your weekend are SO UK. Makes me want to go back!

    Thanks for the paper buying tips. Always looking for good places to get lovely paper.

  13. Diane May 16, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Ah, a fellow paper addict! Are there good paper places where you live? What do you do with it when you buy it? Do tell :-)

  14. writinggb May 17, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    There may be good places to buy paper here in the Boston area — probably are. Ever since I moved here, though, I’ve been short on time to make my special paper creations, so I haven’t looked around. My favorite project is to create blank books with lovely paper covers. I’ve been known to make cards and frames from handmade paper, too. I also like making the paper myself! Have you ever made paper from onion skins?

    I guess I should dig out some of my old creations and post a picture or two…

  15. tulibri May 17, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    hmmm … love the colours and design of this one! Fuchsia can be so noble when paired with the right neigbours :)

  16. Diane May 17, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    writinggb- please do. Do you have a blog? There’s no link to one. I didn’t know you live in Boston – lovely city, I last visited over 20 years ago and loved it :-)

    Astrid – it’s true, the black and cream are such a classic combination and the fuschia just makes it zing!

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