American Fabrics Arts Building artist Emily Larned discusses her iconic feminist vegetarian bookstore, her union for reflective creative practice, and how publishing ‘zines changed her life as an artist in the community.
An artist needs a dedicated spot to work - and an AmFab studio might be the perfect option. Located in Bridgeport, CT, our studios are right in the epicenter of of a vast active arts community. Read on to find out why your own studio space is right for you.
Beth Edwards is one of the American Fabric Arts Building’s newest residents. She is a print maker and mixed media artist. Beth is currently working on her first art book, “The Bird of Sorrows”, which she has written and is illustrating with linocut prints.
Visit your favorite local contemporary artists, and see what they are working on right now! Support the creative community at The American Fabrics Art Building’s Open Studios event November 10th and 11th, 2018! Read more about the event here!
Having a dedicated, private area to create is essential to a working artist. Call it a studio, call it a workshop, call it an atelier – the point is you have room to think, to try, to bring the idea that’s been percolating inside your mind forth into the world. In the privacy of a studio, an artist can push themselves, challenge themselves, face tough questions and find their truth – but not all studios are created equal.
We were able to connect with renowned maritime painter William Duffy just as he was completing a large commission. “There’s a spot in Nantucket that I’ve been painting for 25, maybe 30 years,” he explained. “It’s been very important to me. The nuances of color that nature can conjure up – there’s nothing like it. I could go to the exact same spot, but at different times – morning, noon, midnight under a full moon – and come away with a different painting every time.”
To quote Joseph Campbell, the famous American scholar and creativity expert, “To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”