In Resonant Residence (11)
in Santa Monica Wednesday January 10th, and completed it Saturday, April 21, 2018. I shared the sunlit space, located within a beautiful Mid-century building overlooking Palisades Park, Santa Monica Beach and the blue Pacific with textile artist and fellow Studio Artist-in-Residence Huong Nguyen.
“About the Art Lab and Camera Obscura
Step inside the Camera Obscura Art Lab and you’ll find a welcoming space with fantastic views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pier. The Camera is located in a midcentury time capsule in Palisades Park between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd on what was once the site of the Pacific Electric Railway’s North Beach Station. Designed by noted architect Weldon J. Fulton (who’s work can be found around town including the classic Camera Obscura sign and font, the Montana and Fairview branch libraries, and the former Zucky’s building on Wilshire Blvd), the building’s exterior features walls clad in chunky Palos Verdes stone, glass walls, sloping roofs, and projecting canopies and rafter beams. It was donated to the City of Santa Monica by Marcellus Joslyn in 1955.”
The huge studio windows look out on palms, walkways and a huge assortment of passers by, strollers, park wanderers and beach combers. The Studio is a magical place to work.
including drawing papers, decorative papers, ribbon, maps, washi tape, hole punchers, and more.
“Thank you” ribbons flow from a maker’s “twin” books, made for her grandchildren.
Hearts, and a muted but warm color scheme complete the feeling.
Pockets allow room for secrets, notes, treasures and surprises.
This maker used patterned paper to powerful effect.
The structure has a simple elegance when treated in a streamlined way.
Two ways of handling pattern.
In an exciting turn, this maker brought in collages she had made while visiting her sister, and made them the theme and focus of her book,
adding ribbons that punctuated the patterns created by her artistry.
A deeply gratifying experience indeed.
For all involved…