Brooke's desk is appropriately messy. Dotted with scraps of metals and lots of badass tools, I was drawn to the imperfection of this work surface.
My hometown of Dayton, OH has really become quite the hotbed for creative talent in recent years. I'm consistently blown away as I attend local art shows and craft fairs. One of my favorite of all these "Gem City" craftpersons is Brooke Medlin. I adore the simple and beautiful style of metal jewelry that she creates by hand, and own a number of her pieces.
I had visited her studio, TRADE, once before, and was instantly smitten. The old factory space with rough wood floors, exposed brick, and random-yet-artfully-spray-painted walls is just beautiful. I recently stopped in on a Sunday afternoon—when the lighting was just perfect—and took a couple pictures of the loft. I also got the pleasure of meeting Brooke's new studio mate, Katie Stratton of the blog Katie's Pencil Box. She was every bit as adorable and friendly as I had imagined. Katie and this space were recently featured on A Beautiful Mess, and I think that's pretty darn awesome!
A little jealous that you haven't yet basked in the awesomeness that is TRADE? Don't be! If you're local you will soon have your chance! This Sunday, May 19th, Brooke & Katie are hosting an open studio event. Stop by anywhere between 2pm and 4pm and enjoy free food, some coffee (yay!), a couple of the gals' pieces of art, and great company! I guarantee you'll leave a little more inspired than you entered. For full details, see the facebook event page.
This is Katie's wall of inspiration. I do believe we share the same love of washed out, dreamy, pastel color palettes.
so airy and spacious!