Studio Life – Stephen Sidelinger – Sarasota

After Stephen Sidelinger moved from Venice, CA to his new home in Venice, FL which is just a few clicks south of Sarasota, he divided up the garage by building a wall to create his studio in the 3rd car space. The converted garage is a well organized work place that has plenty of hidden storage. Natural light floods the room from a large window and a window paneled door. In milder temperatures, Stephen can open the garage door to enjoy a soothing breeze and a sense of expanded space.

As stated on his web-site home page, Stephen truly has a “Distinctive Visual Language” which is expressed in his multiple disciplines of hand-bound books, objects made from collecting nature’s waste, unique color embroidery, whimsical objets d’art, as well as paintings and drawings. Because Stephen’s work is so diversified but uniquely his own nonetheless, I will only touch upon the books which have captivated my attention every time that I have visited him. I suggest that you go to his web-site where you will have the pleasure of viewing the breadth of his ingenuity.

Stephen's Studio

The garage door has shelves which are used for display when it is closed during the blistering heat of summer.

Stephen's Studio 2

Composed vignettes abound throughout the studio as evidenced by the space next to the door with a chair aligned with nature’s waste and the top of the cabinets where brushes, paper objects as well as nature’s debris is openly stored.

Flat Files

Flat files do double duty as storage for books and works on paper, as well as an additional work surface and display area.

Storage

Storage expands into the garage where Stephen’s collection of nature’s detritus is stacked on homemade shelves along with other items. The smaller artifacts like shells, rocks and pebbles are categorized and stored in plastic containers.

Sidelinger’s illuminated manuscripts explore the contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. He employs a wide range of forms to create bindings that range from historical to modern and from cloth to leather. The results are elaborately bound as one-of-a-kind objects though sometime as small editions. These books are created in every format, delve into aspects of the human condition, and in the process, encourage us to reevaluate our experience of the book as an commonplace medium.” …Don Steiner

The Crown Jewels

“The Crown Jewels” cover of moiré fabric with a paper onlay is lined with gray brocade and measures 18”h x 14 1/2”w x 2”d. Prince Charles has a broad smile exposing a sparkling diamond. As a tribute to the Crown Jewels, folio pairs and the richness of English design, each plate within is named after one of the real crown jewels. Copyright Stephen Sidelinger.

The Crown Jewels inside

In a portfolio format, the book has pages which are not bound as shown by this example. There are a total of 12 plates created in mixed media with collage added. The individual works measure 10”h x 7”w. Copyright Stephen Sidelinger.

The Crown Jewels inside 2

A closer look at one of the other pages entitled, “ St Edward’s Crown” shows that Stephen’s attention to detail extends to the irregular edges of the works which are carefully duplicated in the mat. Copyright Stephen Sidelinger.

 For more on Stephen Sidelinger’s artworks go to www.stephensidelinger.com

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