For some, the creative process can be just as exciting and rewarding as the final product. Whether painter, sculptor, ceramist or woodworker – getting lost in your art can be a very therapeutic and productive experience. An artist’s workspace and tools can also provide a behind the scenes look into their unique process. These spaces are equally inspiring and intriguing in their own way, and often resemble the final works of art produced by the artist.
Clothing, aprons and drop cloths all have a particular role in the creative workspace. They protect, catch spills and splatters, or become a uniform in which one need not worry about keeping pristine. Through this process, these materials become unintentional and under appreciated art themselves. As a fan of Abstract Expressionism and artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Jackson Pollock, I appreciate art that is organic, textured and unexpected. With this appreciation, I’ve used the supporting elements of creativity (like drop cloths) to bring attention to these unintentional works of art.
I recently was able to view some of my favorite artist’s work at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. For me, seeing these pieces up close provided even more validity to appreciating drips, spills and splatters. While obviously, these artists were very thoughtful and strategic in their approach, we can still train our eyes to see art in unexpected places.
Satellite – 1955, Robert Rauschenberg
Number 27, 1950 – 1950, Jackson Pollock
The Artists & Craftsmen Accessories Collection in the Den & Delve Shop celebrates the beauty of the creative process. Fabrics which hold a history of hard work, passionate creativity and artistic dedication are given a new, extended life. Drop cloths and coveralls have stepped up from their supporting role and now become the art. Each pouch has been thoughtfully created to capture and highlight its unique qualities of age and original purpose. Drips, stains and splatters are the subjects of each piece, and now have their moment as gallery-worthy canvases. It is my hope to bring new appreciation and purpose to these materials through their reuse.
All accessories in the Artists & Craftsmen Collection are handmade, one of a kind, and made with carefully selected vintage materials… this special collection is launching soon in the Den & Delve online shop.
See more inspiration images for the collection over on Pinterest…