Kirsten McCrea co-di­rects the world’s first art print sub­scrip­tion ser­vice she takes us on a stu­dio tour

Multi-disciplinary artist Kirsten McCrea on craft­ing the per­fect print sanc­tu­ary

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Our print sub­scrip­tion busi­ness, Papir­mass, is lo­cated on the west side of Toronto, in the neigh­bour­hood of Wal­lace-Emer­son. It’s a great area full of cre­ative work­ers, and ameni­ties are only a short walk away.

The stu­dio it­self is a dreamy, light-filled space, so good we've been able to shoot all of our Papir­mass pho­tos here us­ing only nat­u­ral light. It could be con­sid­ered small by some of­fice stan­dards, but it's per­fect for us – large enough for team meet­ings with our staff of eight.

One thing I love is that it has a lot of char­ac­ter. We have a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of inspiring art books, prints by artists we love and a lot of lit­tle cu­rio ob­jects that me and my busi­ness part­ner JP [pic­tured] have picked up on our trav­els over the years. How­ever, any time I feel stumped, over­whelmed or bored, I can get up and putz around the stu­dio or go for a walk through the lo­cal area. I find that mov­ing around re­ally helps clear my mind.

We've been here for three years now, but I had a re­ally hard time in­vest­ing time and en­ergy into set­ting it up in the be­gin­ning be­cause I didn't be­lieve it would last. We were evicted from our last space to make way for a larger cor­po­rate client, and that kind of thing stings for a while, mak­ing it hard to trust again. Our last stu­dio was beau­ti­ful, but I pre­fer this one as life is much qui­eter. Though I can some­times miss the hus­tle and bus­tle, it could be stress­ful at times – over­all I think that a quiet life ac­tu­ally suits me bet­ter.

Speak­ing of which, it isn't by chance that my desk area (1) in the of­fice has

been made as cosy as pos­si­ble. This is where all the magic hap­pens; where I can re­ally fo­cus on work. To the right is a full archive of the Papir­mass prints we've pro­duced – 105 is­sues so far!

That doesn't mean there isn't some ex­cite­ment ev­ery now and then, though, as ev­i­denced by the ded­i­cated shelf of cu­rio ob­jects (2) I men­tioned ear­lier. Here all the bits and pieces are laid out in the af­ter­math of a fun, but chaotic pho­to­shoot.

In the back of the stu­dio we have a riso­graph printer (3) and our own shelf of rain­bow riso­graph inks (4). JP and I met and bonded over print­ing, and I love that he con­tin­ues to ex­per­i­ment with this great tech­nique. He makes a cal­en­dar ev­ery year, and this time New York's Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art will be car­ry­ing it.

Pinned up ev­ery­where you'll find our Papir­mass quote cards (5). We send out an il­lus­trated quote ev­ery month along with an ac­tiv­ity. Both JP and I are huge fans of per­sonal de­vel­op­ment lit­er­a­ture, and wanted to find a way to share the inspiring ideas we were en­coun­ter­ing.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: Becca Gil­gan






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