Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Inside the Artist's Studio: Jennifer Murphy

I thought I'd give you a weeks worth of eye candy before I leave on vacation with my family. For your viewing pleasure, today I'm going to take you on a little tour of the amazing, whimsical world of Jennifer Murphy (and her company bears and other silly things). You may know her from wonderful work sold at Earth Angel Toys or Bayberry Cove. She has an adorable web site as well. She will be a fellow instructor at the ZNE ConvenZioNE in Pleasanton, Ca in August. Needless to say I was thrilled to get a glimpse into her magically creative studio of vintage loveliness. It was such a pleasure to chat with Jennifer about art and life. She is so full of energy and knowledge. Such an inspiration!As you can see, Jennifer's inspiration board is huge and full of wonderful images. I gifted her today with the bird paper seen on the top left corner of the board, some wallpaper from my kits which she immediately hung up on the cabinet seen in the middle of the photo below and some vintage goodies. She was so excited. It's so fun to give gifts to someone with similar tastes.
On Jennifer's desk....

Vintage inspiration abound.

Her quilts are stunning. What a wonderful color palette.

So many amazing critters...originals, vintage and Jennifer Murphy licensed reproductions.


A peek around the studio...







Her original (on the far right) and licensed reproductions by Seasons of Cannon Falls.
Vintage chenille rolls....swoon!

It all started here with this wonderful little elephant that her mother had on a low shelf in her sewing room. She would pick it up and play with it as a young girl. It was her first vintage treasure.

This is the little mouse she made on the Martha Stewart Show.

Thanks so much for the peek inside your artful endeavors, Jennifer!
Check out this page of her web site for more images of Jennifer's amazing work.

32 comments:

leesiebella said...

Hi Kari!

WHOA! I feel so speechless after seeing her AMAZING studio!!! SO MANY GOODIES!!!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing, I just love all of the colors and textures... *sigh* now to work on my own studio!

:0)
hugs!
Analise

Caleen said...

It was fun to see inside the studio of Jennifer Murphy !! I love every thing she does.. I own a few pieces of her work and it is in my studio..
Thank you for sharing her inspired studio with us.. I love all the vintage treasures she uses also..

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

lol. I just left you a comment,but it said there was an error and it didn't work. Darn computers! lol.
Thanks for all the wonderful pics of Jennifer's studio Kari! I LOVE her work!! I hope you have bunches of fun on vacation!!
xoxo Britt :-)

Jeanne said...

What a dream of a studio Jennifer has to play in!
xo
jeanne

Jenn said...

Well, I think I held my breath through that entire posting! Do you think she would let me move in there for awhile???!!????

Karin@creativechaos said...

What a great tour!!! I'm so inspired by it all!

twinkleshabbystar said...

What a WONDERFUL treat to see the inside of her studio! Seeing all those adorable sweet fur babies just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks for sharing!! XO

Distressing Delilah said...

Woof! Jealousy here! I want that studio!

taylor said...

Thanks for posting such wonderful images. OOH they are lovely. Also wanted to tell you how much I like your book. Thanks, Taylor

hautemommy said...

Ooooh how beautiful!!! That inspiration board is what I need! All of my magazine cutouts are stacked in a box, collecting dust! And I just keep adding to the pile hehe! :) Thanks for showing us these amazing photos!!! Enjoy your fourth of july!! xoxox!

Alison Gibbs said...

Wow what a wonderful studio she has.
Alison

Lola Enchanted said...

Hello,
Very nice tour! Thank you for taking me!!!!!!

Enjoy your vacation!

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

OH Man that Jennifer is amazing LOVE her darling animals ..Hope you have a fabulous vacation ~!!
hugs Patty

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sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

I really love her work. I have a few of her licensed items, they are just so sweet. I'd love to have an original. What an amazing studio...guess amazing artists need that kind of studio.

fated follies studio said...

she is a great artist! i'm glad that i checked her out. thanks for featuring her on your blog. she definitely fits into your loved-style.

jenny

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a great studio!! Soooo much space,but then she is an amazing artist with lots of pans in the fire at once. Thanks so much, Kari, for a glimpse into Jennifer's sweet magical world.

We always sell her holiday ornaments on the website, it's so fun to see where all her sweet little creatures are "born"!
xo Lidy

Tricia said...

Yep, that was eye-candy! Thanks for the special treat.

Stink Bone Jones said...

Wow, that is an episode I actually got to watch. I'm so happy to see her studio. I pretty much want to steal everything!

Darlene said...

Kari:

Thanks for the wonderful pictures of Jennifer Murphy's studio. I love her work.

Have a wonderful vacation!

Carolee said...

Eye candy indeed! An absolute DREAM studio....

I just discovered your blog, and have to tell you it's such a delight! I'm bookmarking it for future visits and adding your link to my own art blog. :)

Happy Creating!
~ Carolee

Industrioushead said...

Thank you so much for the trip to Jennifer's studio. I love her work and it is marvelous to see her creative environment and treasures.

ABOUT ME said...

So many adorable things! I love them all. Have a great vacation! Di

Merci-Notes said...

Thank you Kari! And Jennifer also!
I love her work and I think my favorite is the bunny or the blue bird... all so lovely!
Hugs,
mary

katie jean said...

oh I wish, I wish! Such wonderful space and such wonderful inspiration. Thank you so so much!

Maureen said...

Ohhh you lucky girl, I am a big fan of Jennifer's work.
Love it all, thanks for sharing!

Love,
Maureen

Classics and Country said...

Thanks for sharing. What a fun time you must of had! Jennifer is so creative. Your snapshots are wonderful.
Happy Friday!

Julie Collings said...

dear kari,
what an absolutely incredible post! i loved all the photos and close up shots of jennifer's studio. you did such a beautiful job. wonderful to see her inspiration and creations.
xo julie

LaurieStar said...

Oooh - wonderful, colorful goodness!

theresa said...

Oh, you lucky duck! Thank you so much for sharing--such wonderful goodness!!!
I love this post and would favor it if I could!
;-)

Kingfisher Farm said...

What a great tour! I recognize my friend Peng Peng's sock monkey on the shelf, as well as one of her early bears ( Paburo I think) on the shelf, he has a little round gold head, and you can see Jody Battaglia's sun burst doll. Thank you for sharing! Pam

Will said...

Wow, what a beautiful studio filled with so many colorful goodies - what a happy place created by talented people.