phm studio spaces: carolyn gavin - ecojot


Artist Name: Carolyn Gavin
Shop Name and Url: Ecojot
Blog: (designer blog)
Poppytalk Handmade Table: Table 59
City: Toronto


Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?
it's at the back of the house, 2nd floor, facing the back garden + tiny park across the alley.

What equipment/tools do you use?
100% recycled sketchbooks, tracing paper, black markers with various point sizes, usually thin, scanner, imac, canon DX40 digital camera

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
i have a board or inspiration, but i don't really use it as much as i should. i just have files of stuff (photos, images etc) that i've collected over the years. sometimes i go back to those. sometimes i relook at older designs that i've done. Now i'm very into nature, the inner workings of flowers, pods, seeds, veggies etc + color, color, color. i love the exotic colors of india, central america + of course africa where i was born.


How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I find late at the night when its silent i do my best work. sometimes when you really are trying hard, nothing works. sometimes its the other way around and things just happen on their own. it's quite magical.


List (3) of your favorite artists
Jeffrey Harrison my favourite artist. i have 3 of his paintings including "very china".... Jeffery Harrison


the next 2 are favourite illustrators:

julia be at

helen dardik at www.oneluckyhelen or her blog,

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
a loft in new york with huge windows and sun streaming through OR a tiny structure on the beach somewhere.

Thank you Carolyn!

Jan Halvarson


orange you lucky! said...

Oh, at first I saw Jeffery Harrisons paintings and I thought - these are super! How fun to look at that during breakfast! And than, I've read the favorite artists list...tears in my eyes! This day just can't get better!
Own and love ecojot notebooks!

Wasaski said...

Nice pics I would love to have my own studio, one that would keep stimulating and inspiring me like this one!

pia said...

A good friend of mine, Carolyn lives as she creates. Her home is a mecca of colour and whimsy - a fantastic place to visit and certainly live!

Anonymous said...

Love those orange desks! Where did you find them?

sara said...

love the studio love the work!