DP: We recently partnered up and formed Ase’ Studios. Capitalizing on each other’s strengths is what our collaboration is all about. We look forward to continuing making different furniture and furnishings that blend both of our styles and approaches to design.
It really helps me to have a safe place to collaborate with someone who I trust—someone to be vulnerable with and to share my ideas with. One of the beauties of this partnership is that we tend to balance each other’s work energy. I don’t have to take myself as seriously as when I was on my own. I can be a bit high-strung at times. Lawrence has a much more laidback approach which sort of evens me out. We will always have our separate identities as artists—we are two different people, but our synergy helps propel our creativity.
LM: One of the challenges of being a maker is having the space for people to come and see our work. Our new space in Old Town allows us to both create and showcase our work within the same building. We plan on having open studio sessions throughout the week so people can come and check out what we are working on. We’re also planning to have a showroom on weekend afternoons.
DP: The inspiration for our showroom is to shed light on our work—and if someone sees something they like, they can purchase it directly from the showroom.
Our new space is also in a building with other artists which naturally lends itself to creativity—spontaneous creativity. There is a wonderful interconnectedness that Baltimoreans have, especially in the maker community. Unlike other cities with five or six degrees of separation, there’s maybe two to three degrees of separation in Baltimore. Folks thrive from the creative energy shared in a wonderful way that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
Words by Darryl Patterson & Lawrence Moore, story curated by Jonathan Bregel via Baltimore Small Business Stories
This is the fourth in a series of profiles created for Made In Baltimore by the Baltimore Small project, an independently produced media platform built to amplify Baltimore’s thriving and diverse small business and nonprofit community.
BmoreArt is excited to partner with Made In Baltimore on the distribution of this new storytelling series featuring tales of grit and resilience from Baltimore’s maker community. As our economy churns back to life over the next several months, BmoreArt and Made in Baltimore will be sharing these stories to inspire and remind readers about the importance of supporting creative entrepreneurs.
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