Studio Visit: Saint Be Studio

13 March 2015

Not hyperbole: Syracuse, New York is a small town. The anonymity I grew accustomed to in New York City has all but gone out the window. I joke about the fact that I can’t even drive down the street (badly) without my husband getting a report on my Mr. Magoo antics. (Sadly, this has happened on far too many instances.) Besides never being able to get away with any shenanigans, this small town feel where everyone knows everyone can sometimes work out in your favor.

Take for instance my meeting of Edie Brown and Kristin Reagan of Saint Be Studio.

I was going back to blonde at Church Salon when my hairdresser Amy and I were discussing local doctors. I quickly come to realize that Amy is not only a killer hairdresser, she’s also a book of knowledge, a walking rolodex and in a past life a police officer. As we were discussing doctors, the conversation turned to artists. Knowing my love of all things art, Amy introduced me to local artist duo, Saint Be Studio’s via Instagram and after a quick perusal, I fell in love!  One piece specifically drew me in, titled “Meditation in Green” by Edie Brown and before I knew it, Amy was putting us in touch for a studio visit.

Saint be Studio is comprised of two extraordinary women who are wives, mothers, and beloved friends working in a shared artist studio space at the Delavan Center in Syracuse, New York. What I found most fascinating was their resolve to work together. Both Edie and Kristin said they are inspired by one another and pushed the other to create their best work. I found this personally inspiring as some of my best friends are the most courageous and creative people I know, to be able to work with your best friend daily creating what you love must be so rewarding and certainly shows in their work. 

Saint be Studio studio reflects their artist statement. It feels modern and ancestral at the same time with encaustic portraits of powerful women like the Virgin Mary, Indian warriors with an elaborate headdress and symbols of female power. It radiated a peaceful femininity. Working across mediums including: textiles, plaster, paper, wood, leather, copper and encaustic. Edie and Kristin work separately, but you can see a commonality between the two artists. Much of the women’s recent work pays tribute to generations of creators, artisans, craftsmen and women who have found their hearts pulled toward creating beauty in both utilitarian and aesthetic works of art, making the world more beautiful by honoring their call to do so.

Saint Be Studio has finished work available on their Esty shop, but they also take commissions. If there’s a piece you love but want to to incorporate a special meaning or style for your family, they are happy to create something custom for you. Many of the pieces below were commissioned by individuals to reflect and represent personal meaning, events, and/or desires.

Here are a few of the highlights from my studio visit along with my favorites from their Esty shop.

My favorite piece (that comes in two parts.)  Meditation in Green and Pink. Using a variety of materials: wood, encaustic, plaster, beeswax, joint compound, nails, copper, metal, acrylic, paint.

My favorite piece (that comes in two parts.) The colors are so incredibly vibrant! Meditation in Green and Pink. Using a variety of materials: wood, encaustic, plaster, beeswax, joint compound, nails, copper, metal, acrylic, paint.

a gallery wall at the studio. mixed both with Edie and Kristin's work.

a gallery wall at the studio. mixed both with Edie and Kristin’s work.

artists at work

artists at work

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pink is strength

 Contemplation in pink, modern fiber art

Contemplation in pink, modern fiber art. Perfect for a little girl’s room, also available on Esty.

Kristin creates incredible time consuming wovens using fibers. This is called "Steckiewicz 3."

Kristin creates incredible + time consuming wovens using fibers. This is called “Steckiewicz 3.

This mixed media piece is made with joint compound, acrylic paint, and encaustic on canvas board. It is a reminder, inspired by poet Mary Oliver, to let the soft animal of your heart love and be. Available on Esty

Bottom right: This mixed media piece is made with joint compound, acrylic paint, and encaustic on canvas board. It is a reminder, inspired by poet Mary Oliver, to let the soft animal of your heart love and be. Available on Esty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeatured Image: The women of Saint Be Studio, left in a necklace of her own design, Kristin Reagan and to the right Edie Brown. Follow their adventures + creations along on Instagram @SaintBeStudio

 

Categories: Art, women