Studio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder.
by Lily Glass comment


studio tour emily snyder / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on talented L.A.-based multi-media artist emily Snyder. i was introduced to emily a few weeks ago at our neighborhood coffee spot, fix, by jihan (who essentially knows everyone) and was excited to get home and check out emily’s website. and to be quite honest, it blew me away — this artist is so prolific it’s hard to know what to be more in awe of. emily’s diverse body of work includes everything from portrait paintings to illustration, calligraphy, and some incredible beadwork the likes of which i’ve never seen before. so i knew instantly i’d like to share her artwork with you and asked lily to have a visit and get up close and personal at emily’s studio and share a little bit more about emily, her tips for independent artists and her beautiful work.

Artist Emily Snyder in her studio / sfgirlbybay

red decor inside artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

were you working elsewhere before leaving to start your business?
Yes, I was working as the Studio Manager at Mr. Boddington’s Studio in New York City. Mr. Boddington’s is a custom stationery house and at that time was specializing in wedding invitations. The owner of the studio, Rebecca Schmidt-Ruebensaal sponsored my first calligraphy class which I took through the School of Visual Arts in conjunction with The Society of Scribes. With Rebecca’s support and encouragement, my business began.

calligraphy by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

calligraphy by artist Emily Snyder / sfgirlbybay

sketches by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

was your new path motivated by a particular creative need or personal goal?
My new path was motivated by my obsession with the calligraphy done by the calligraphers that we worked with at Mr. Boddington’s Studio. I would trace their letter forms with my finger and finally realized that with my background in drawing and painting and love for letterforms I could easily learn calligraphy.

Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybaycrayons inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

did you receive any particular advice that stood out when starting your own business?
I don’t remember any particular advice, but I do remember the unusual timing of my business’s beginning. I started my business in the days before the financial crisis peaked in September 2008 and I remember thinking that the timing was advantageous because I didn’t have anything to lose, only to grow. I was still working full time at Mr. Boddington’s so the slow build of my client roster gave me time to learn what to do without being overwhelmed in the beginning.

portrait by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

Studio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

black fringe dress displayed at Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

colorful beaded bracelet / sfgirlbybay

where do you gain fuel that inspires your creative endeavors?
I gain creative fuel from the interactions and relationships I have with the inspiring people around me. I also gain creative fuel from nature. Because Los Angeles is full of creative people and surrounded by profusely differing gorgeous landscapes, I find it a great place to be creatively inspired.

beaded necklace / sfgirlbybaycalligraphy invitations designed by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybayStudio Tour: Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybaypaint inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybayartwork by artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

what was the most unexpected aspect of putting together your business?
At one point, I found it surprising that having a business felt like what I imagine having a child feels like. It needs constant attention, and the more you tend to it the more it will flourish. I also still find it surprising how planting a seed eight years ago has blossomed into a garden of interesting projects and clients.

Studio Tour with Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

artwork displayed inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

what’s your favorite thing about your studio space?
My favorite thing about my studio is that it’s allowed me to return to making larger scale paintings and drawing with oil mediums. I also love that i’m surrounded by other creative people that rent studios in the same building. I wanted to have a community around me because my work is solitary, and my studio provides me with social relief and great feedback from others.

Artist Emily Snyder in her studio / sfgirlbybay

portraits done by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

artwork displayed inside Artist Emily Snyder's studio. / sfgirlbybay

what are some of your work tools that you can’t live without?
my calligraphy quill with a fresh supply of hunt 101 nibs at the ready. also,
Neocolor Aquarelle Crayons.

artwork created by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

what are the top three things someone should consider before changing careers or starting their own business?
1. the amount of time that it can take to become established; 2. the incredible amount of freedom it can give you; and 3. all the decision making that you will make during your career — it’s all up to you! a blessing and a curse.

colorful portraits by Artist Emily Snyder. / sfgirlbybay

Artist Emily Snyder working in her studio. / sfgirlbybay

what are three books that changed your life?
harold and the purple crayon. i really don’t have three, so, instead i’m writing down three artists that i love: alice neel, friedensreich hundertwasser, and ralph steadman.

striped linen apron hung in Artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

what do you currently have playing on the studio’s turntable?
future islands, scout niblett and planningtorock.

colorful paintings inside artist Emily Snyder's studio / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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