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Where We Make: Sarah Greenman

I’m thrilled to be hosting artist Sarah Greenman on my blog today! Sarah and I got in touch through Squam and I’m so looking forward to meeting her at the Fall 2014 session. I bet you’ll find her workspace as inspiring (and, yes, enviable!) as I do.


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Hi all! I’m Sarah Greenman and I work from home in a converted garage. It is absolutely, hands-down, without-a-doubt my most favorite place in the whole wide world. (Whoever thought I’d be saying this about a garage!)

 

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I do a lot of different things and need a big space to accommodate my various enterprises. I’m a freelance artist, writer, blogger, actor and photographer. This means I usually have multiple things happening in my studio at once. I also have two young children, Walker (6) and Charlie (3), who love to join me in my studio while I work. A two-car garage allows me to work multilaterally without having to constantly clean up after myself.

 

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I have divided my studio into separate areas. One entire wall is devoted to painting replete with taped butcher paper on the walls and drop cloths underfoot. When I make art, I get messy. One corner of the garage looks more like a traditional home office and this is where I write and edit photos. A large antique breakfast table sits at the center of the room and usually serves as a catch-all for papers, files, a sewing machine, task lighting, lunch left-overs and various statuary. I also have some storage and seating so that I can stuff everything away and make guests comfortable when hosting workshops or open studio tours.


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Since I have two little ones, I am constantly creating work during the in-between moments. Essays, photo shoots and paintings occur between diapers, dinner and impromptu fort-making. To have a transitional space that allows me to waltz in and pick up where I left off is essential to completing work. In my best moments, this space serves as a nest where I lay, hatch and groom my most inspired ideas. In my worst moments, it’s a space where I can crash, burn, cry and dissolve without upsetting the natural order of my home.

 

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Thanks, Camille, for having me! You can find me making art at www.sarahgreenman.com or blogging at www.maisonboheme.com and www.helpcharlieheal.com.

 

5 Comments to Where We Make: Sarah Greenman

  1. Jeanne's Gravatar Jeanne
    February 21, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Love the way she describes how she uses the space!

  2. February 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    She’s amazing! Been following Sarah for years…really love how she converted this space into a completely functional studio…you’d never tell from the furniture plan and gorgeous painted walls! Fabulous post!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  3. February 23, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    oh I LOVE this glimpse into such a gorgeous creative space!!

  4. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    February 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful space! I love that the books are organized by cover color :)

  5. February 26, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much, Camille, for featuring my space on your beautiful blog! What an honor! xo

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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