phm studio spaces: bellis studios


Artist Name: Denise Johnson
Shop Name and Url: Bellis Studios,
Poppytalk Handmade: Table 24
City: Chicago Burbs

Where in your home/apartment/city is your studio located?
I live in an 1860 Italianate home and my press lives on the first level.


What equipment/tools do you use?
I mainly print on a Vandercook No. 3. I also have a tabletop Sigwalt Ideal #3.


Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?
No inspiration board. I like to look at things around me a visually take it all in. I keep a sketch book and jot down ideas before they get away. But lately I've found it easier to carry my point and shoot camera with me and take a quick picture. I have enough clutter in my life and I like everything in clean digital folders.

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
I create best when I carry an idea around with me and just let it brew in my brain for awhile. I used to think I should just sit down and create on demand. But that just uses part of your mind. Carrying it around lets your subconscious knock the idea around a little bit!


List (3) of your favorite artists
Marian Bantjes: amazing typography (
Kate Hoyer: love her use of color (
Sharleen Heist: brings beauty to everything she touches and I'm lucky I get to call her sister (

If yours isn't, what would be your perfect studio?
It would be perfect, if I just had more space.

Thanks Denise!


Jan Halvarson

1 comment:

Fiona Cartolina said...

I love how denise's images really represents the industrial side of traditional printing. Love the pictures of type storage - it's the real thing - no Ikea here!