Practice Studies visits the studios
of makers & doers to learn and share
the beauty of the creative process.
Shelby is a Chicago-based painter and commercial artist, and a founder of a small hand-painted sign business Finer Signs, specializing in hand lettering, design, illustration and murals. This passionate badass girlboss has developed a unique style in a very male-dominated field, delivering amazing work, often in challenging conditions and doing it with a big smile on her face.
This Chicago-based artist is best known for her illustrations, paintings, animations and lately her clay sculptures. In her pieces she explores a positive notion of community and adventure, a sense of playful connection with each other and with the dreamlike surrounding. Her depiction of a relaxed and content woman is so calming and easy to look at, you can't help but smile every time you see her work.
Alex and Matt live a simple slow life in the rural mountains of New Hampshire. They both collaborate in such a beautiful way, it's almost intuitive, and so beautiful to witness. They both have an amazing sense of space and do minimalism right. They design and build essential things for home. Alex is also starting her clothing line. They like the idea of relying on their own hands and nature, trying to make a lot of things they owe.
This Toronto artist's paintings are created organically, composed like collages. Emily adds and subtracts, paints a layer or scratches it off just to later cover part of it with a silkscreened image, random color patches and patterns. She likes to have fun with art and it shows in her pieces.
If you ever doubt that Chicago has great coffee, visit Ryan at Sawada Coffee. His military latte is not only the most visually stunning combination of matcha and espresso, but it also consistently tastes amazing. He creates liquid art in a cup that you'll be reluctant to ruin with a sip.
Elizabeth is a florist and the owner of Asrai Garden - a special gem in Bucktown Chicago that's not your average flower shop. She has a unique talent to combine whimsical, seductive and mystical in an unpretentious way. Her carefully curated shop is always a favorite place to visit.