Welcome to the Haute Hero studios! I’ve been meaning to create this blog post for a long time now due to the growing interest in designer toys, one sixth scale figures, and ball jointed dolls. In this post I will break down my home studio and provide 3 helpful tips to start your own.
Like most fledgling startup’s I began Haute Hero out of my apartment. A 2 bedroom / 1 bath, 3rd floor flat in Queens, NY. Queens is considered the most diverse place in the world. A true melting pot of cultures that makes me proud to live here.
Tip 1 - DEDICATED ROOM
This is age old advice to anyone looking to maximize focus and attention. My studio room is about 12 ft x 11 ft with two windows that face southwest. I have a cutting table, work table, Juki industrial sewing machine, and art table all positioned against the walls. It gives me maximum space and access to power outlets. One of the most useful features is a wall I painted with a product called Idea Paint!. This stuff is amazing! It turns any surface into a whiteboard; great for laying out free form ideas.
Tip 2 - NATURAL LIGHT
Light is extremely important! I recommend using the room with the most natural light as your office. I position my desk near the window to gain maximum sun. The view, unfortunately, is of an ugly old apartment building. I try not to peer into other windows but one time I saw an old lady just flashing her boobs for the world to see! It’s like a car accident, you don’t want to look but can’t help it.
Tip 3 - USE YOUR WALLS
Whether it is idea paint, cork board, or mounted foam core use your walls to mount or hang ideas and inspiration. It keeps your mind fresh and focused; not to mention that it’s fun! As I mentioned in tip 1 Ideapaint was excellent for this. For $225 you can turn your entire wall into a whiteboard. I not only write on the it but put up post it notes, sectioned off areas with artist tape, and draw little icons.
Well there you go. If you are looking to start your own studio the hits and tips I share should will help you get started.
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