Tucked away in De Beauvoir Town in East London, a pack of illustrators, educators, a screen printer and a publisher share a common studio space that emphasizes support and fairness. At OPEN, studio members engage in criticism and dialogue to excel in their creative work and independent businesses. Holly Wales, one of OPEN’s founders, talked to jotta about the group studio’s mission and future plans.
How did OPEN studio get started? How did its members fuse together in one space?
Along with Hugh Frost, Loren Filis, Robert Evans and David Callow, we made plans for a shared studio space in which we could have access to screen printing, risograph printing and a shared library. We also made plans to extend to inviting people in, collaborating on new work and taking things in different directions beyond the usual illustrator/art director partnership. When we found the space in De Beauvoir, we had to grow a little to fill it out so we chose some of our favourite fellow illustrators to work alongside.
Note: Originally published on jotta on April 4, 2011