saying bye to 939 maple ave

gentle thrills HQ is moving! four blocks away and 6 stories higher, the new gentle thrills HQ will be even nicer than 939 maple ave. some of you may have had a chance to see the studio at 939 maple ave during one of the studio sales, but if you haven't, i hope you'll come by and check out the new space when the time comes (studio-warming party, anyone?)!

if i'm being honest, moving to a bigger space is kind of scary for me! i've been at 939 maple ave since 2015, when i moved into a space here that had the dimensions of a hallway.

hallway studio before (left) & after (right)

hallway studio before (left) & after (right)

i always take a moment to draw myself in new studio spaces when i move in

i always take a moment to draw myself in new studio spaces when i move in

hallway studio during peak production--SO! MANY! PILES!

hallway studio during peak production--SO! MANY! PILES!

i lasted a few months in the hallway before i upgraded to the studio right next to it, which belonged to the fabulous painter anja salonen.   the new studio even had its own fire escape! i was ecstatic to fulfill my bucket list desire of having an sky-high urban patio (albeit a filthy one where the parking guys could totally see up my skirt).

a good era in this studio--preparing for PUPPIES

a good era in this studio--preparing for PUPPIES

actual #nofilter view from the fire escape

actual #nofilter view from the fire escape

it was in this studio that i made all of the work for my first solo show, PUPPIES. i was still doing part-time conservation work and standing for 8 hours a day at MOCA asking visitors not to touch the art (lol).  i maintained the gentle thrills online store when i wasn't at work but it was clear that wasn't quite cutting it.  in august of 2016 with the support of and at the gentle suggestion of my fantastic parents i quit my jobs and went full ham on gentle thrills.

self portrait sweating in new studio w/ coca cola

self portrait sweating in new studio w/ coca cola

i can't thank you enough for supporting me: first & foremost with your money, but also with nice comments on instagram, with your presence at studio sales and events, and your patience & kindness!  at present i am the sole employee, and this move to a bigger, cleaner, and more professional space is a way to validate the fact that this! is! a! real! business! and gentle thrills is only going to continue to grow.  but let's be real--it cannot grow without your support!

the new space!!!

the new space!!!

i'm so excited to share this next chapter with y'all.  i promise lots of new content and more importantly: LOTS OF NEW PRODUCTS, so you can have even more satisfaction knowing that with your dollars you are supporting a woman-owned business and very seriously making my dream come true. 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥,

isa