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A Visit to Beth Curtin's Studio

Welcome to my studio! It is a wonderful, sunny room in an old mill building in New England. The walls are full of my portrait work. These pictures are part of a series called “The Thayer Street Project,” portraits of young people posing in front of their favorite shop or restaurant on a busy street in Providence, Rhode Island.

Here is the little corner where I draw. I am working on a contemporary annunciation scene, using a favorite painting by the Flemish primitive Campin for inspiration and help.

I also have colorful abstract pastels laying about, and inspiring collage materials.

I love color, and my studio is messy with it.

A lot of the color comes from my sewing and doll making supplies. This is a quilt my daughter and I are making together.

If you are a waldorf doll maker, you know why I have band-aids in the studio.

I think it is good for me to mix the art and craft sides of me in one place. I used to keep them separate.

It is good to have a place to try things and to make mistakes. These are failed doll experiments,

and doll clothing designs which didn’t work.

To be comfortable in my studio, I need toys for when my child is with me.

I need natural things.

I need children’s art.

I need a little kitchen area for making warm drinks and lunch.

I need inspiring books and magazines. Here are some of my vintage Threads magazines, which used to belong to my friend Magda.

I need to feel it is clean and cozy so that I can take off my shoes and feel at home.

I need a place to sit comfortably and do hand sewing, and room for visitors, because I love to make art with friends.

I need to feel it is okay to be messy.

I am so lucky to have all these things. I think all of us need a special place to make things. Perhaps it is not a whole room, luxuriously large like this one, my first studio away from home. But we creators need a spot, especially a spot where the mess can be left out. My husband has always helped me make a special place, whether it was in an office shared with him, or a corner of the guest room. Thank you, Sweetie.

Something else which you need in your studio is your energy. I want to share a little story with you told to me by an artist friend. She had a studio away from home, and small children. She would hire a sitter to come watch the children, and before the sitter arrived, she would bustle around her house doing all the chores, the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. By the time she got to the studio, she was so tired she would fall asleep on the cement floor. We must save a part of ourselves for creating. You can do the chores when you are tired and half-awake, but it is hard to either be a mother or create art without a rested mind and spirit, and some physical energy. And it is worth making the space for creating in our lives and in our homes, because we can pour the energy which art gives to us right back into our families.

This is the first in a series about studios for Natural Kids blog, organized by Tonya of naturalearthfarm. I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s creative work spaces as this series continues.

If you want to see more of my art, go to My waldorf doll etsy shop is My family, craft, nature, and art blog is See you there! love, Beth

7 thoughts on “A Visit to Beth Curtin's Studio

  1. Beth,
    Thanks so much for sharing this! Your space is amazing.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

  2. i loved your post! thanks for sharing you photos 🙂

  3. What a wonderful studio! I don't have a studio – my work is in corners of rooms all over the house. Love all the vibrant colors!

  4. Love the cozy wonderful feel of the place. Inspiring of creativity!!!!
    I love getting to look into other peoples homes and gardens through this wonderful online window.

  5. What a great place to be creative in! Very inspiring! :0)
    I took some pictures of my space already too….. :0)

  6. I loved seeing your workspace, Beth… it's such a great space… can just see the creativity oozing from every nook and cranny.
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni – Fairyfolk

  7. Thank you, everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing other creators' spaces, too! Beth

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