Studio tour: Mr. Boddington’s Studio

To say I’m a little obsessed with this studio is a MAJOR understatement!

Name: Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Location: New York City (118 East 28th to be exact)

What do you do?: We are old world stationers

What is your aesthetic? A lot of cha cha cha goes along with Mr. Boddington’s design. Some days he adores hand-drawn graphics dipped in bright cheery colors, other days he is fixated on vintage Shanghai tea-room wallpaper. Today he wants everything to be in a black, marigold and india (a muted Tiffany’s blue) color story. Regardless, there always tends to be a historic wink to his work.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Weddings are one of the last ceremonial celebrations in our culture. Thank goodness we were clever enough to hold onto them! It is our job to create wedding correspondence that make our brides giddy with delight. To get there, we do a lot of listening to our clients. Somewhere in their vision always lies the perfect idea for paper.

Favorite part of your studio? There is a culture here beyond stationery. Last week, our production director and a designer had a bake off… they each made these spectacular peach tarts and the rest of the team voted a winner (it was actually a tie). I love that the staff gets a kick out of one another beyond their working day.

Where do you go for inspiration? I just had a baby boy and have been rereading some classic children’s books. I am finding some masterful illustration among the 1960s set… M. Sasek, Jean de Brunhoff and HA Rey. That darling Babar puts me over the moon.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I would answer I CAN live without FaceBook but people keep telling me it is a necessity. Okay, so I will trust them. I would say that we cannot live without music or the radio (NPR). We are a whistle-while-you-work kinda studio.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Carrying a mobile phone is an upgrade for me. I am weepy for the days when there was one landline in the kitchen, call waiting and my mother always answered the line. It’s not that I am old, just that I enjoy being out of touch a little bit.

Anything else we should know? Mr. Boddington was my imaginary friend as a tot…. shhhh!

Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensaal, Proprietor
Mr. Boddington’s Studio
118 East 28th Street, No. 1014
New York, New York 10016
212.686.5953 (t)  866.596.0239 (f)
rebecca@mrboddington.com
www.mrboddington.com

[images from Mr. Boddington's Studio]

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Studio tour: Elizabeth Messina

Name: elizabeth messina
Location: california
Company: elizabeth messina photography & kiss the groom

What is your aesthetic? i love sweet simple style….vintage inspired….clean…real….life & style….a beautiful plate of organic vegetables….a perfect pair of shoes….a chocolate truffle….a chandelier…..a kiss….

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? my studio is a blend of art & function….in the middles of my office is an an antique chandelier (from my wedding) hanging above a dark brown wood table flanked by two vintage deep orange velvet couches (that belonged to my grandparents)….the table if often strewn with various photographs that i am editing or packaging….. their is beautiful window light & soft sheer curtains….i move between my MAC computers in one corner, to my encaustic & art project table…. i have a collection of vintage cameras & crowns on the shelf & a amoire in the back filled with vintage dresses….my office is a mixture of a gallery space, a work space & my home….my space is very personal & very functional…its a place i want to be & where i can get alot done….i tried to create a space that was full of light & beauty, where i could edit, email make art & dream….

Favorite part of your studio? the chandelier that hung above our wedding table….

Where do you go for inspiration? i feel inspiration is all around us….in the little sweet nuances of day to day life….i am infatuated with nautral light…the way it caresses & illuminates a face, a flower a pair of shoes….my work & my life are intrinsically connected….i love to photograph my children…. the pot of stew i’m cooking for dinner….and the soft  affection of people in love….i am a romantic….

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? film film film…..i love the timeless beauty of film….my favorite camera is my contax 645….that and natural light & i am completely happy….

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? the only upgrade i need is more balance….i want to be the best mother i can be, the best friend, the best wife and a photographer that evokes feeling & beauty with my work….i am often pulled in several directions at once…i strive for more peace & balance so that i can follow my dreams & sip a cup of tea in silence….

Anything else we should know? i am in love with photography….it is the language of my heart & i am so grateful i found this incredible art form…..surprisingly i have also found myself falling for blogging….its been so wonderful to share a little bit of myself without anyone editing me or my work….i feel connected to the world in a way i couldn’t have imagined….

[images by Elizabeth Messina]

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Studio tour: Foxy & Winston

Name: Jane Buck
Location:
Brooklyn NY
Company:
Foxy & Winston

What is your aesthetic? Cheery, colorful illustrations hand screen-printed in richly saturated silhouettes onto stationery, announcements and invitations, apparel and home wares. I use 100% post consumer recycled paper goods, water based paints and 100% Organic apparel.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Well, its all business in the studio at the back of the shop; no frills, just shelves, books, paints (much of it up the walls and all over the floor!) and paper, so I suppose that would convey my more serious, industrious side behind the scenes. However the front of shop, where I don my shopkeepers hat is another story, a riot of color and inspiration and – perfect for chatting with customers and meeting with custom clients.

Favorite part of your studio?
The Shopfront, it has the most beautiful mirrored Victorian dresser which makes the perfect showcase for all of my stationery, framed prints and apparel, also the shop window where my recently adopted rescue Beagle “Hope” sits on her bed of roses!

Where do you go for inspiration?
I often take walks around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and visit the zoo’s of New York. I get a lot of inspiration watching the wildlife specials of Sir David Attenborough, other than that I collect National Audubon Society field guides to all things nature; seashells,mushrooms,wild flowers, insects and birds they help me a lot with my designs, along with textile books old and new.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? There are many but I am a stickler for a super hard edged squeegee for printing fine paper goods.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I’d love a new digital drawing tablet my old one’s worn out, but more than anything I’d adore a proper chair to draw at after 5 years of sitting on a diner chair!

Anything else we should know? Not many people know that I offer both silkscreen AND letterpress printed fully custom wedding invitations, announcements and stationery. Also that Foxy & Winston are actually my lovely parents who live in Norfolk, England.

[images from Foxy & Winston]

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Studio tour: Wedding Pantry

Name: Eva Chiou
Location: Southern California – 138 W. Main Street, Tustin, Ca 92780 (Old Town Tustin)
Company: The Wedding Pantry

What is your aesthetic? I would say its Clean, Calm, cozy and Contemporary.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? The colors I picked are basic Gray/blue and white. That’s just how my closet looks as well; basic whites, blacks and grays. I wish I could pull off a bright patterned or flower print outfit but that’s just not me.

Favorite part of your studio? My Favorite part of the studio is the Workspace area. It’s like a dining table where people come to hang out and it’s also where we meet for classes and workshops.

Where do you go for inspiration? Having such a busy schedule, I don’t really have time to read blogs daily for inspiration but what I do have time for is attending SMARTY events. The SMARTY group is an organization that is filled with other women entrepreneurs and each time that I attend a SMARTY event, I’m inspired to do more for the business.  (www.smartypeople.com) I guess I’m more of a business person than an artistic person.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? SPREADSHEETS!! I have a whole list of spreadsheets that I refer to all the time. It’s my saving grace especially when dealing with inventory.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, I’d like to eventually re-do my floors! I really want stained concrete.

Anything else we should know? This space was built for both brides and vendors. We have products, classes and workshops for brides and we also have meeting space for vendors. We know how important it is to have an office space to meet clients and give them a great first impression. Our goal is for brides and vendors will feel a sense of community here.


[images by Alice Hu Photography & Connie M. Chung Photography]

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Studio tour: Clark + Walker Studio

Name: Luke Walker (and wife/fellow photographer Alisha Clark)
Location: Troy, NY
Company: Clark+Walker Studio

What is your aesthetic? Clean and contemporary with a little bit of bold and and a hint of vintage.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? Because our studio is located in the antiques district of our city, we wanted to blend a little local flavor by using a window display full of old frames that were almost throw-aways. Our local community has given us an appreciation for adding a bit of vintage into our studio space. Overall though our studio gives the clean and bold look of Clark+Walker Studio. From the commercial grade wallpaper accent to the italian tile flooring to the bold slate gray and gold studio coloring…we wanted people to walk in and have the same in-person experience they’d expect from the Clark+Walker brand.

Favorite part of your studio? The meeting area has to be our favorite place by far. A comfortable place for all of us to gather and share ideas, as well a place to watch our in-studio Apple TV if one of us needs to come up for air from editing. Our videographer proposed a rule of “no shoes” during winter time, only slippers. We believe in comfort over here.

Where do you go for inspiration? This may sound cliche, but I believe there is a day that comes in the evolution of becoming a photographer where you start to see the world through a camera lens. The everyday view of the world sort of goes out the window, at least it did for Alisha and myself. When we go to Puerto Rico for vacation we walk the cobble stone streets and brightly painted buildings and no matter how hard we try not too, we are both seeing different photographs. When I see a child running by us waving the Puerto Rican flag I think “what an awesome prop that would be for a local shoot.” When I see an older man on the corner playing guitar trying to make a couple bucks I see a great photo opportunity with people dancing behind him in the cobblestone streets. I’m a believer that the greatest source of inspiration is getting out, trying new things, and changing up your comfort zone whenever possible.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I know I’m supposed to say my 50mm 1.2 lens, or Photoshop or something techy. But honestly…the tool that I can’t live without is email. While I certainly believe our work is good (I’m probably biased though), what really books us jobs and takes our business to the next level is the relationships we form. Whether it be with brides who are looking for photo and/or video or whether it’s fellow wedding professionals, our business is founded on relationships and our network of supporters. There is no way we’d be shooting all the fashion runway for The Knot, and getting weddings from Bermuda to Hawaii by just taking great pictures with cool toys. Any successful person or business has a network of supporters backing them, and we really try and make sure we utilize the speed and convenience of email in keeping up with our network and trying to support the people who support us.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes I’d like to propose facebook upgrade it’s email system! Anyone else have a great email system set up only to have it ruined or slowed down by so many people sending emails through FB now? Something that I actually can change though is bringing on a full time production manager which we are currently hiring for right now. As the number of weddings we do grows we have to continue to grow with it.

Anything else we should know? We like long walks on the beach and…oh wait…oops! I mean, we love meeting new people and making new friends!  Our online home can be found at clarkwalkerstudio.com and we can connect on facebook at facebook.com/cwstudio. We’d love to hear from you.

[images from Clark + Walker]

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