Gigapan-tastic: Roz Gets Gigapanned and Take a Virtual Visit to Axman

June 26, 2009


Above: a "static" view inside the St. Paul Ax-Man store, ©2009 Tom Nelson. Use the link below to Nelson's gigapan site to view the full interactive image!

Yesterday photographer Tom Nelson came over and gigapanned part of my studio. If you wonder what type of environment I work in, what surrounds me when I talk to you on the phone, or what type of brushes and easel I use (the image is that detailed) you can now check it out at Tom's gigapan site. Getting directly to the views of my studio by following the first link, and then visiting the link below to a second view.


Note: In "Roz's Studio #2" on top of the stereo on a small show easel is an ink sketch I did of the photographer a few years ago (he looks the same). Just above that you'll see a framed scrimshaw piece I did of Dottie's eye—it's important to have black and white coated animal companions! And yes that is a learning clock at the far right—doesn't everyone have one of these? This image continues image one, i.e., if you are viewing image 1 and see my drafting table and turn right to the windows, well, there you have the easel…

In "Roz's Studio #1" you can see from the main room into the second, with its delightful (ha!) 1940's wallpaper. We just never get around to taking it down. I didn't know this much of the other room would be visible (you can't see my bookshelves, desk, or binding table) but if you search in that second room, near the rock paintings and distant cowboy photo (both Cowboy photos are by photographer Dan White whose portraits are always amazing; his work is the on-going reason I love black and white photography) you will see GERT, my life-model now that Dot is gone—Gert even has her life-model necklace on! She appears repeatedly in my visual journals.

Other things to look for in that room: a framed print of one of the last drawings I did of Dottie, my friend Rev, Charles Dickens (he's in both rooms actually, duh!).

In the main studio room you'll learn how dogs spec type, see Dottie's memorial card, see one of my self-portraits (next to the second large cowboy image of Dan's), find my ever useful O.E.D., view one of my blue-ribbon crop art pieces and glimpse a rock painting in progress, to name just a few items.

If you have read my visual journal selections on Rozworks you'll know that one of the places I love to go sketching is Ax-Man. There is an overwhelming amount of stuff packed into this store. The staff have also interspersed playful signs about the wares throughout the store. There's an iron lung (not for sale) as well as chains, tubes, electrical parts and bits, frames, gears, key rings, envelopes, even flat files (I got mine there at a great discount). You never know what you might find there.

Well, now if you don't live in the Twin Cities you can see around the St. Paul Ax-Man store thanks to the gigpan panoramas local photographer Tom Nelson has taken. Go see the full-sized and interactive (you can zoom way, way in) version of the above Axman image.

If you would like to visit the store in person check out Ax-man store hours on their website. And here's a head's up: Tom took this photo last week—there were plenty of inexpensive brush sets (as shown in the photo). So you might want to go and stock up. These brushes are particularly useful if you teach and have students who are hard on your brushes!

Still reading—go enjoy some gigapans, Tom works hard to make it fun!

    • Donna
    • June 27, 2009

    Great studio Roz, did you buy the house because there were birds in the wallpaper? Anyway, just a great space to work. No wonder you don’t mind writing to us all each day. Thanks.

    (Sent you an email regarding bird sketching-ck your junk mail if you don’t see it)

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    Now that was a treat! Thanks so much for sharing such an intimate view of your world. Do you have space in your studio for teaching too, or do you use other spaces for that?

    • Roz
    • June 27, 2009

    Jana, I’m a rather private person so that (do arriving students really need to walk through my kitchen and see that I’m baking bread and still have to wash my breakfast dishes?) and limited space keep me from teaching in the studio, except one-on-one private lessons with continuing students.

    I have some friends that come as a group to the Twin Cities every so often and I have taught binding to 5 or 6 in the studio with that group and it is hilarious and tense (I really push people and that gets difficult in confined spaces)—and only to be tried with friends! We have to spread out to all available work spaces—including doing the painting of decorative papers outside on the LAWN!

    I like teaching elsewhere. It allows me to leave my projects out, get out of the studio, and then when I’m done teaching, come right back into my workspace and keep on working.

    Even if I had a great warehouse type studio I don’t think I would teach there for those reasons. I know lots of artists who do that, however, and it works for them.

    I just need some excuse to get out!

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    What a treat to have a glimpse into your “world”. Thanks for the guided tour, and what a beautiful studio space it is. Nel

    • Roz
    • June 28, 2009

    Nel, I’m glad you enjoyed it. If, when you looked, there weren’t a bunch of snapshots and notes from me (I did some on Saturday) you might want to go back and check out the snapshots I put in (Tom had put some in, but the ones I put in were more detailed, because it is after all my stuff).

    Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Love the technology that allows us to take a close look at where you work. I’ve recently done “wire work” like you goat,and I do jewelry too. So many possible mediums to work in! Thanks for the cool view!

    • Roz
    • June 30, 2009

    Lyn, the wire goat isn’t mine. I put a snapshot note up about it. It was made by Minnesota artist Marcia McEachron (website of same name) who does fabulous things with wire sculptures.

    My wirework is all small and related to jewelry elements or in baskets.

    Glad you enjoyed the view.

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