Last week, my sophomore studio and I had the chance to roam around the Stamps IP studios, which are reserved for senior BFA and BA students. Upon entering, I was immediately impressed and shocked at the rows and rows of cubicles. Exploring the area, which is a lot larger than it looks from the outside, splashes of color and personality popped out from white walls. There were door-sized paintings, and couches, and of course, a “F*CK STAMPS” sign lovingly placed on a student’s desk.
Each student has their own individual work area, equipped with a white desk, a chair, and plenty of wall space to hang up art. What was most interesting to me was the diversity in each person’s alcove. Some students had big photo prints or oil paintings posted, while others had strewn up various fabric swatches. Some areas were barren except for a few scattered belongings and boxes of coffee shots, and some were totally decked out–complete with bean bags, armchairs, lights, and rugs. One student even invited me to take candy from her communal bowl. It was endearing to see that students had essentially crafted a personal homey workspace for themselves, and were still able to collaborate with others around them.
Honestly, I wish I had more senior friends in the art school, so I could hang out and work in their studios. It seemed as if I were stepping into another world, where the next creative geniuses were diligently at work. I’m excited to continue my art and design journey and looking forward to getting a studio space of my own, placed among talented peers. If you haven’t visited the Stamps senior studios yet, I highly recommend you do so, and immerse yourself in creativity.