I’m Monica Gotz, a decorative painter based in New York City. As someone who loves all things handmade, I like to indulge that interest in my business and my personal life by making things that are one of a kind, whether it’s a photo shot with a cardboard camera, a tiny drawing on a beach pebble or a room glazed in a color and finish that someone has previously seen only in their imagination. This blog is a way to link those interests together, and a way to share some of the cool places I see and the fun stuff I do.
I’ve had my decorative painting business, Woerth Street Studio, for 15 years, doing all sorts of projects, mainly in Manhattan. The best part is working in some beautiful places and that each week brings something new, which keeps me on my toes.
As a photographer, I like shooting with primitive cameras, such as pinholes and plastic cameras, as well as with more modern tools, like a digital Nikon and iPhone apps, but the more basic the camera, the more appealing it is. I’ve had a few exhibits of my pinhole work in the city and like to develop prints by hand in a traditional darkroom.
Continuing the handmade theme, I’m obsessed with decorative papers and use them to make all sorts of paper products, like notebooks, bookmarks, pencil cups and paper bowls. I sold these things in my Etsy shop, Monica Marks, from 2009 – 2013. Etsy’s a fantastic site for handmade art, a collection of wildly inventive and beautiful work. It was a thrill to be part of that community. A link to Etsy is in the side bar on the right.
At the end of the day, though, what I really love to see is what other people make, and to get a little glimpse into their obsessions. It’s always amazing to discover the beautiful things that live in someone else’s imagination.
Thanks for stopping by. Give me a shout if you have any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from you!
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