like many artists, i draw much of my inspiration from the colors, forms, and textures found in the natural world… i recently spent hours in the gem and mineral hall at the natural history museum and left feeling so in awe of the the beauty and variety found in the natural world.
here’re a few images from my pinterest board that have been inspiring me lately.
I really enjoyed putting together the case study for the Oh Joy! installation and thought i would do another one! It’s so fun seeing the sketches next to the finished piece! Flock Studios is a wedding collective with two of my favorite clients: La Boheme and Prim and Pixie. They had just opened a new studio space (full studio tour coming soon!) and wanted Bramble Workshop to create a site specific installation. We drew our inspiration from their beautiful logo because we loved the combination of an angular design and a washy, atmospheric painting.
to paint the mural we first marked the design off with painters tape and paper. then, we applied washes of diluted latex and acrylic paint dripped from above… i had experimented with the technique on my studio wall so i knew that it would work. also, i’m lucky enough to have an intern- kamryn stimpson- who is an expert water colorist!
hayley sheldon is an artist and designer based in florida. she works at anthropologie (where i also worked) and i really love her installations and displays. i follow her work on instagram and her pinterest boards are one of the first places i go for inspiration when starting new projects… such a talented lady! i hope we can meet someday!
Case study of creating an installation for Oh Joy! studio
What’s it like working on a project with Bramble Workshop? I put together this description of designing and building an installation for Joy (of Oh Joy! blog) because it’s a good illustration of the process. Joy and Emily Henderson (who designed the space) contacted Bramble Workshop because they needed a one-of-a-kind piece that would be the finishing touch for Joy’s new studio space in Los Angeles.
1. Met with Joy and Emily in the unfinished space to look around and determine a good location for an installation. At this point, we weren’t sure what form the installation would take and different options were discussed. We decided that a chandelier/mobile structure hanging above the conference table would be perfect.
2. Joy and Emily shared their Pinterest board for the overall studio design with me so that I could get an idea of their aesthetic direction, palette, etc.
3. I created my own Pinterest board specific to the installation.
4. I put together a proposal for the installation with one main idea and two alternates. The main idea included inspiration images, a sketch, and a prototype to better illustrate my idea.
5. The clients and I agreed on the idea and I made a more detailed sketch and photographed some possible materials to be used.
6. I went to a plastics store and photographed colors of translucent acrylic in Joy’s palette.
7. We decided on the three colors and I found a fabricator that could cut and finish the plexi pieces for me.
8. I worked with a woodworker to cut the wood shims in three different sizes and build frame… Some design changes were made and photos were sent to client for approval.
9. Fabrication of chandelier. Figuring out a way to attach plexi to wood (with such a small surface area) was a challenge. The first fabricator that I met with said that it was impossible, so I found someone else to work with! We figured out the right type of glue and method for gluing (so that the pieces wouldn’t bond to the work surface), and then carefully glued all 90+ pieces.
10. Installation of chandelier
the echo park craft fair is coming up soon and we will be there! please stop by and say hello!