Shop Small Business Saturday with GraysonStudios

Posted on: November 28th, 2015 by deborah No Comments
Grayson Studios (c)2015. All rights reserved.

Grayson Studios (c)2015. All rights reserved.

Today, I am excited to share a collection of my newest pieces from the Power Totem Series. Designed to wear or hang on the wall, Power Totems are little figures imbued with magic, sparkle and positive energy to remind us that we are loved,  affirmed and empowered.

Each figure in the series was shaped, sculpted, kneaded and assembled by hand into one-of-a-kind pieces that call forth new experiences and life stories from the wearer and viewer. These pieces, like all of my work, are designed to evoke feelings of connection, protection and healing. My hope is that you will cherish your selections and that they bring you joy and delight. You can click Available Work to see what is currently being offered.  

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Giving Thanks

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by deborah No Comments

BitO’Honey by Deborah Grayson Studios (c) 2015 all rights reserved.


This week in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving. It almost seems odd or wrong to talk about what we are thankful for in the midst of so much pain in the world but that’s exactly what we should do in times like these. What I know for sure is that even in these times — perhaps especially in these times –there is much we can still find to be thankful for. Whatever the circumstances we have to count it all joy.


There is a quote attributed to Mr. Rogers that floats around Facebook from time to time. He said that when he was a small boy and he would see scary things on the news that his mother would tell him to look for the helpers — that there are always helpers in these situations. I have looked and the helpers are definitely there. They are typically the people that you least expect to be helpers. I am thankful for the helpers and the doers of the work. Those people who put faith into action, who teach and protect, who run towards rather than away from the fire, who speak life and not hate, who hold doors open for others rather than slam them shut. I am thankful for the gift and the responsibility of being an artist tasked with raising questions, playing and wrestling with issues and using art as a path to meaning which includes, to quote Pat Allen, “all forms of honoring, sharing, memorilizing, and giving thanks.”  Yes, I give thanks. I give thanks for all of you for following and supporting my work and taking the time to comment and share what you see on these pages.   I promise to come back on Saturday with posts about new work for small business Saturday and cyber Monday. For now I just want to say that each and every one of you are a part of why I am so thankful this year. To all of you I say thank you and Happy Thankgiving. Peace. Deborah

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Something Fun, Something NEW . . . A Workshop for YOU!

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by deborah 2 Comments

Taste O' Honey on my Work Table
This blog and my Facebook page are the places where I have some of my best conversations. You all ask great questions, make fun suggestions and often steer me in new directions and I listen. Which leads me to my post today. I am excited to announce that I will be launching the first in a series of online workshops for cloth doll makers and sculptors.

Expressive Faces in Cloth is a fun workshop focused on how to design faces on stitched, stuffed, and minimally sculpted cloth. I am often asked how I create my cloth faces. This workshop will not only walk you through my process but I will also share information about: where and how to get inspiration, some of my favorite tools and materials, and how to get organized to get things done. Most importantly, together we will tackle one of the biggest issues many of you tell me you struggle with — the (erroneous!) belief that you cannot draw. I will cover this topic in more depth in an upcoming post. For now what I will say is that a core focus of the workshop is to further inspire those of you who already feel confident in drawing and to encourage those of you who are less comfortable with drawing that there is absolutely no reason to feel intimidated!

As part of the workshop you will have full access to our private online doll group via Facebook, a group inspiration board on Pinterest, three patterns to download to help you build your design chops and lots of step-by-step instruction through videos and worksheets. Want to learn more? Sign up below!

Signup now to be the first to learn when registration opens for Expressive Faces in Cloth and to be eligible for a limited number of specially priced seats!

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Working in a Series: My First Step

Posted on: February 9th, 2014 by deborah 2 Comments
UrbanWildFlowers in progress by GraysonStudios (c) 2014.

UrbanWildFlowers in progress by GraysonStudios (c) 2014.

View of my work table:  While working on Salt I have also decided to bring back a Grayson Studios collector favorite —  the Urban Wildflower  line. These figures have been reworked to allow for more movement. They are designed to be displayed on the wall or they can sit and be posed for display. All new Urban Wildflowers will be available on this website in March. Images from the Salt series coming up in future posts. #UrbanWildFlower Dolls  #GraysonStudios


For the last 18 months I have had a story rolling around in my head for a new body of work. After several tentative attempts, I am now at the point where I am want to work full out on this project. The series is called Salt. During the next 18 weeks I will use this blog to tell the story of Salt and to show how the story unfolds. I am using clay, natural fibers, seeds and pods for my materials. At the end of 18 weeks the goal is to have 15 figures built. Ambitious but I am going for it. The beauty of working in a series is that it pushes you to avoid the temptation of trying to do too much in one piece. I am looking forward to this being a contemplative and vigorous process where I work through my ideas in 3-D. Could be a scary proposition! lol. Feeling very vulnerable on this one. I am pretty sure that is a sign that I am headed in the right direction. To see more sneak peeks into my studio as well as more in-progress photos be sure to follow Deborah Grayson Studios on facebook.


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How to Get Stuff Done

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by deborah 10 Comments
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This post was inspired by a post I read on Lisa Call’s blog.  There is other inspiring, practical and very useful content on her site but this specific post really resonated with me. I don’t know about you but there have been times in my art practice when I tricked myself into believing that I was more productive than I actually was. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I was extremely busy. But I realized I was busy doing things that would not lead me to where I wanted to go. I realized that I was not identifying the correct tasks for the goals I had set for my business.  The busy-ness that I was involved in often left me in a place where I was missing opportunities to create and exhibit my work. Then I got real with myself. How did I do it? Well I am glad you asked!!!
I found the right tools. Whether you paint, cook or sculpt figures like I do, deciding on and using a system that will allow you to track and document your activities is critical to getting things done. Taking a page from Lisa’s book, I thought I would share what I track and document and the tools I use to do it.


What I Track and Document

  • Studio time
  • yoga practice
  • inspiration
  • books
  • supplies
  • recipes
  • blog posts and e-blasts
  • money


How I Track and Document it

    • Bound sketchbook and inky black pen— my sketchbook goes everywhere with me. I draw a page in it  every month and list the date, the number of hours spent on art work and art business, and the projects/goals I worked on. At the end of each week I total all of the hours so that I have a real picture of the time I am actually spending on my work. I use my phone to track my time while I sculpt or write.


    • iCal— I keep color coded calendars arranged by subject that are synched and accessible across all of my devices.  I use iCal to track: deadlines for exhibition and grants, commissions, and class times for yoga.


    • Pinterest and iPhoneMy Pinterest boards and my iphone are where I collect, curate and post images that inspire and interest me.


    • GoodReads— An avid reader, My Goodreads profile (I am UrbanWildflower on Goodreads) allows me to track the books I have read for the year and to learn about and bookmark new books that I would like to read.


    • Evernote— probably my favorite tool of them all. This is where I clip articles I find on-line that interest me, catalog my business plan and vision statements, and draft my blog posts.  The best part about it? Evernote is accessible from any device. Once you create an account you can log in from anywhere.


    • Excel— yeah, I am old school. Several years ago a friend helped me set up basic P and L sheets along with a few other customized sheets to track the expenses and inventory for my business. I use these spreadsheets monthly to document what comes in and what goes out. I also use excel for inventory. Makes getting organized for tax time a breeze (well, mostly).


The moral of my story: identify simple methods and systems that you like, use them, get stuff done!
Follow me on Pinterest for more examples and inspiration.


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