|Heather Castles, Illustrator|
"This is my new studio in my home in Adelaide, Australia...with a lovely view of the neighbour's fence! I generally like to work around a lot of plants...but having just moved here, my modest collection of two plants at my desk is just a start! I used to have violets on my drafting table in Canada, and they grew HUGE (like dinner plate size around) because while I sat there for hours painting, they sat there absorbing all the CO2 from my breath which plants love."
"I found this awesome Singer sewing machine at a garage sale here for $15...I have yet to learn how to use it, but will for sure as it's in top nick and wouldn't mind learning how. A friend also gave me on loan an antique "prayer chair" which I'm using to display / store my artwork against. I'm really enjoying having the space to leave my work leaning against the walls so I can see them and scrutinize what needs to be improved to finish them."
"I use the space for drying large pieces, storage, and displaying work at the moment...funnily enough I haven't spent much time painting in my studio as I prefer to hang out with my husband while I'm working, and often end up painting in the living room sitting on the floor and watching TV together. Also, at the moment I'm doing a lot of oil painting, and I prefer to use the backyard picnic table and paint outside as it keeps the fumes down ...plus working in the warm sun and listening to the birds is relaxing."-HC
|Matthew Porterfield, Filmmaker|
"This is my "office", the room where I do all my work. It's a very tight space, but I'm rather tidy. I edited my first feature film, HAMILTON, here. On the left, is the 16mm print. My cat, Francis, is always in and out of the room, so it's appropriate that he's here for the photo."
"To edit, I use Final Cut on a laptop connected to an external monitor. On the left, is a DVCAM drive, which gives me the freedom to import and export video whenever. On the left, I have an external drive and a DVD burner (see below)."
"On top of the monitor are stacks of photos I'm getting ready to send out to film festivals."
"Above, that's what my desktop looks like most days, now that I'm writing notes for my next screenplay."
"I threw a cork-board on top of some standing files to extend my desk space. This is where I keep papers, books, pens, bills, food, and drink. It's the only space I let get piled up with junk, which happens every two weeks or so."
"These are the standing files that support my makeshift desktop. I slide my cork-board out of the way to access the files, where I keep bills, receipts, notes, scripts, press clippings, flyers - everything! Below are drawers where I keep all sorts of other stuff: discs, printer ink, paper, envelopes, stamps, staples, and all my video dailies."
"Only Francis likes a mess."
"I just got this new bookshelf, after my old one collapsed. Some of those film books are very heavy. I keep my scanner on the shelves, too."
"And, these are my favorite two bookshelves. I keep the film books that I love here."
"I don't like a lot on my walls where I work, plus my landlord doesn't want me to hang anything, so I have to be able to take it all down quick when she comes. Above my desk, is a lithographed poster my friend Mike McNeive (www.magicmarkercompany.com) made for my last film. The jar of pink he used on the print was previously used by Richard Serra (crazy, huh?) Next to the poster, is the only screenprint I've ever done. I made it last summer. The drawing is magic marker on foam core, made by this guy Jeff Barnes. He sold it to me for five dollars. I felt like I was ripping him off, but that's all I had at the time."
"This side of my office is sort of the opposite of its other half. I still like to write early drafts on a typewriter. I like the way it looks; plus, it's nostalgic: my Dad always used one when I was growing up. Maybe the nicest thing about the room is the door that leads outside onto the fire escape." - MP