Love peeking inside an artist’s studio? Me too. Windowsills lined with buttons or beads, pigments or inks. Tin cans filled with an array of paintbrush bouquets. Paper scraps become a riot of crazy confetti on the floor. And it is in the sewer’s studio where pincushions bloom from various surfaces; a happy home for all those stray pins. After today’s gorgeous collection, I’ll never quite look at the functional, artistic beauty of organizing my art supplies in quite the same way!
Who are you?
Lana, wife, mom, self-taught, work-at-home artist.
What are you collecting?
Pincushions — mostly antique and vintage, but I also have some made by friends and fellow artists.
When did you start?
Although I’ve had a few for several years, I began consciously collecting about 5 years ago.
How many do you have?
Ninety something, last count, including some not pictured that I forgot about until after the photos were taken!
Where do you find them?
Thrift shops, junk stores, antique shops, online antique markets, and gifts from friends.
Where do you keep them?
Mostly in my studio on shelves, under little glass domes, and beside my sewing machine. But I have a few vignettes displayed in other rooms of the house.
What‘s an interesting story behind one?
A couple of weeks after doing an arts and crafts fair a few years ago, I received a surprise package in the mail from a lady who had visited my booth. She knew I loved old pincushions and mailed an antique one to me along with another antique glass base for use in making my own cushions!
What piece would you like to add?
An antique sewing bird pincushion — an adorable metal clamp with a bird attached that has a pincushion on its back. I’ve seen them at online auctions, but they are too pricey for me.
Why do you love them?
For their simplicity and humbleness (you can read a little more about what I love about them here).
Which one is your favourite?
The stack of two tomato pincushions. The red one was my mom’s and the pink one she purchased for me when I took a home economics class in high school.
What else do you collect?
Lots of things, but here are a few: little silver woven baskets, ironstone pottery, aqua and robin’s egg blue pottery, bird’s nests, and folk birds made by friends and fellow artists.
Thanks Lana! Aren’t they wonderful? Just as rich in artistic merit and functional beauty is Lana’s handmade paper artistry. I hope you’ll take a stroll through the delicate, intricate, and beautiful space that is Simple Joys Paperie for an inspiring glimpse at what this artist has been busy creating in her own lovely studio.
What do you collect? What makes a great collection? Please tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear!
I’m Kristal Davis (a.k.a. rikrak) and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting — apart from their art supplies!