The persistent storytelling trend
has made its mark on categories ranging from news
—and now it’s getting play in the art realm, as well. A new crop of blogs are using videos, photographs, and the written word to expose the artistic processes of writers, painters, designers, musicians, and other creative types.
: This photo blog documents the workspaces and creative methods of some of Oregon’s most talented independent artists. Inspired by PBS’s Art21
, founder Carlie Armstrong
sought to make a local-to-Portland
version of the artist-trailing series using the medium she knows best: film photography. In her growing archive of more than 30 artists, Armstrong has captured the workspaces of a printmaker
, a woodworker
, and a comics-illustrator-cum-mask-maker
, to name a few. Entries are light on text but loaded with images, providing ample illustration of each workspace’s particular corners and quirks. Armstrong demonstrates a knack for discovering noteworthy clutter
and, curiously, finds a whole lot of cats
Tales of the Hunt
: Belgian “designart” dealer and collector Victor Hunt
started this video series to share stories of high design with potential buyers and art world voyeurs. Each sleekly produced documentary short chronicles the artistic process of one of his clients, from the brightly colored “balloon bowls
” of Maarten De Ceulaer
to the Storm series
of light fixtures and furniture by Johannes Hemann
. The videos suggest that each creator’s unique approach is as valuable as the finished product. Hunt’s vested interest in the distinctive appeal of handmade pieces is evidenced by the online collection
he offers for sale, which features not only museum-quality pieces but also prototypes and half-finished works.
From the Desk Of
: This photo-journalism project is dedicated to the humble desk, source of so much coffee-drinking and creative output (and, sometimes, murder
). Each entry features photos of an artist’s desk space and an intro by said artist. Founder Kate Donnelley, a writer herself, follows up with a softball interview intended to reveal each subject’s creative process. Far cries from the modern stand-up style
, these classic desks, with a few minimalist exceptions
, contain a good deal of clutter. So far, Donnelly has uncovered the desks of painters, illustrators, photographers, and writers, many of them Brooklyn-based, successfully demonstrating that the space upon which artists work often portends the work they produce.