Self22614-sm2I’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!


Contact me here

Decorative Painting website is here
Etsy shop is here
Photography on Flickr is here

15 thoughts on “About”

  1. Very interesting range of subjects under the “Handcrafted” rubric. Well done.

  2. Hi Monica! Thank you for liking a post at one of my blogs (http://threedailydelights.wordpress.com/) – I appreciate it! 🙂

  3. Hi Monica. I see that you are now following my blog so thank you. I imagine you spotted my post on book art which inspired you to hit follow. I hope you aren’t disappointed because I write mostly about, well, writing and writing related topics (such as the art books).

    That being said, I am hitting follow on your blog because I love the decorative arts and photography. See you around!

    • Hi Robin,
      Actually, I started following you because of your posts on strong vs weak words! I was weaned on Strunk & White and love all things regarding clean writing. I looked at the book arts post, and the art there is impressive. Thanks for following my blog, and congrats on your blog milestones!

  4. absolutely superb ideas, monica! ive just loved your etsy shop and the painting work youve done! best of all are your photos–full of inspiration.
    reason how i came upon your blog was when iwas looking for handmade journals or notebooks…ive seen several around, but not of the tiny size i want!
    anyway, keep up the good work..and more pinholes please!

  5. Wow…fascinating work. I love your Renaissance patterns – must have taken hours. I have had an interest in making paper because I have always written with a fountain pen, but I have not yet had the time it takes. Perhaps soon. In the meantime, do let us see more of your work – especially the pinhole photos.

  6. Hi Giovanni,
    Thanks for stopping by and liking my post on Florentine papers. I didn’t make those papers myself (I wish!) but I do use them in my paper craft work. I’ll be posting about how to make paste papers at some point, so stay tuned!

  7. Hi Monica, congratulations on your blog! I love your creative posts. I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can visit my blog page for the details. http://branchesofourfamily.wordpress.com/
    Cheers Susan

  8. Kristen Fairgrieve said:

    you’ve been nominated for the Liebster award! http://bagladylulu.com/blog/

  9. I saw these and thought of your post about your family member’s treasured paint brushes. Hope you enjoy.

  10. Rhonda Meloro said:

    I am absolutely in awe of your art and vision!

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