Mark Giglio Studio Visit
Pen Pencil Stencil is the online home and physical workspace of Mark Giglio. Mark is an amazing illustrator/ designer who’s worked on projects with a diverse mix of companies including: 2k by Gingham, Apple, Dwell, GSP, Nike, Tolleson Design, and others. Recently I had the pleasure of hanging out with Mark at his Oakland based studio.
How do you like working in Oakland?
I really like working in Oakland. I like the slower pace is has to San
Francisco and the weather is warmer too. I’ve been here for 17 years now
so I’m kind of attached to it.
What do you like most about your space?
Having my own space to work in. Being at my studio is my favorite place to
be. All my favorite objects, books and personal projects are there. It’s
my place to experiment and think. If I have to work outside my studio on a
project for someone it is always the best feeling to return to it again.
What are some of your favorite objects in your studio?
My favorite things hands down in my studio are my books. I love books and
love the books I’ve collected. I can go to public libraries for hours and
search for things. Then the best thing on my bookshelf that isn’t a book
would have to be my La Fonda Del Sol menu designed by Alexander Girard.
La Fonda Del Sol Menu - Designed by Alexander Girard
What are some of your favorite books?
Annuals. Vintage annuals like Graphis from the 60’s. I think annuals are
great because of the amount and variety of work collected in them. Plus
you can find pieces of work that aren’t sometimes included in peoples
monographs or discover an art director, designer or illustrator you didn’t
know of before.
What are you currently working on?
Things that are either wood, cloth or paper. I’ve got quite a few projects
in the works right now furniture, fabric, clocks and wood figures. This
year I thought I’d try and approach my website a little differently and
turn the store into a monthly updating gallery. I really liked the task of
posting a new image and drawing weekly to my sites news section over the
last year and thought I’d switch it out this year by making a small
edition of something once a month for the next year and putting it in the
store. Everything will be made in editions of 3 to 15 and some months
might see more than one thing posted in it too. It all depends on how busy
I am. I don’t want to spoil any surprises so you will have to checkout the
site month to month.
Pillows, wallpapers and various wooden objects designed by Mark
Kokeshi Head Spin - Wooden tops
Finished Kokeshi designed by Mark
I’d like to thank Mark for allowing me to invade his studio space for a couple of hours. Please stop by Pen Pencil Stencil to see more of his work. Also check out the Pen Pencil Stencil Store, Mark has some rad items available for the month of December including: T-Shirts and limited edition Kokeshi figures.
SF Peeps can see Mark’s work at Printed Matter 7 (@Giant Robot) this Sat (Dec 5th 2009).
Also worth checking: Rilla Alexander’s Studio
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