The gem of my studio is my antique 1887 Golding & Co. Pearl press - known lovingly as Margaritari (which means pearl in Greek). This 800 pound cast-iron beauty was a great find (read more about it in a previous post - The Story of a Pearl). I bought it, and my guillotine paper cutter, from a retired printer who had it as a showpiece in his living room. He was such a sweet old man, but his wife couldn't wait to get rid of it, so when I bought it she was thrilled. I can't say I didn't feel her frustration - but lucky for me she had her way.
I don't know much about the paper cutter other than it didn't really work very well when I first bought it. My husband and I had to clean it and remove the blade to be sharpened, as it had been sitting under a tarp in the man's backyard for who knows how long.
I tacked a roll of cork to the wall to showcase some of my favorite pieces. Included is the first piece I ever printed in my letterpress class and the last piece that the man who sold me the press printed before I bought it.
My bookcase is a great piece from IKEA, which is super useful in helping me organize my papers, inks and tools.
I purchased this greeting card holder to display my greeting cards at the Downtown Art Walk I showed in last month. It's great in not only showcasing my greeting cards, but having a place to store them.
So this is it! It's my space to create, design, and be inspired. I'm working on a blog post for the near future to show you insight into what my absolute dream studio would look like. Hopefully very soon I'll be blogging about a new studio, in a new space.