Owen Gilder­sleeve aims for neat and tidy in his stu­dio, but some­how new stuff al­ways gets in the way

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Owen Gilder­sleeve on his bat­tle be­tween keep­ing his stu­dio clean and the de­sire for more stuff

Nestling in trendy Dal­ston in the east end of Lon­don, Owen Gilder­sleeve’s cur­rent stu­dio is his third to date. As part of Ar­cola North­side, how­ever – a three­storey build­ing filled with var­i­ous cre­atives over 30 stu­dios – it’s a far cry from his first.

“It was this squat-like build­ing in Stoke New­ing­ton which didn’t have any heat­ing or hot wa­ter and had a bad mouse prob­lem,” he re­mem­bers. “But we were only pay­ing £100 a month, so what can you ex­pect?” Gilder­sleeve says he’s a fan of the idea of ‘tidy space, tidy mind’, but things don’t al­ways work out that way. “As you can see by the amount of stuff I have around me, I’m also a bit of a col­lec­tor of trin­kets, so it’s a con­stant bat­tle be­tween show­ing off all my bits in a nice man­ner and it look­ing like a gift shop.”

The Mind, a piece of French knot art­work (1), was cre­ated by his mum while studying tex­tiles at uni: “She was a big in­spi­ra­tion for me to get into the arts,” he re­flects. There’s more nostalgia be­hind the wood­cock (2), which he bought for his first Pick Me Up de­sign fair in 2010, as part of il­lus­tra­tion col­lec­tive Evening Tweed. “We met lots of great peo­ple at that show, some of whom have be­come great friends.”

The pa­per­cut blue pavil­ion (3) was part of an il­lus­tra­tion he made about the palaces of Is­tan­bul: “I went on a trip to the city a few years later and man­aged to visit this in­cred­i­ble build­ing cov­ered in hun­dreds of blue tiles,” he adds.

A signed poster for US heavy metal band Om (4) brings back mem­o­ries of an All To­mor­row’s Par­ties fes­ti­val, where Gilder­sleeve saw them play live.

And what stu­dio wouldn’t be com­plete without some hate mail from Mr Bingo (5)? “He used to have a stu­dio in our build­ing. I was so happy with it, even though it’s ob­scene,” laughs Gilder­sleeve. “It was later the cover for his book.”

PHO­TO­GRAPH: Jon Aaron Green www.jon­aaron­

Owen Gilder­sleeve is an artist based in Lon­don, spe­cial­is­ing in hand­crafted il­lus­tra­tion, set de­sign and art di­rec­tion. www.owengilder­

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