Shawn Roller

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Pastrana Studio

julian and kate are the owners of pastrana studio just outside of denton, tx where they create beautiful paintings and handcrafted wood pieces for the home. i've had the opportunity to visit their home and studio a couple of times now and each time i have been struck by how warm and welcoming they are. this shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as many of the pieces that they make revolve around community, sharing and hospitality. every piece that they create is one of a kind- whether it is one of kate's paintings or one of julian's serving boards, bud vases or boxcar stools. each wood piece is an original design and is a blend of utilitarian need and art. they both also work full-time outside of the studio which came as a shock to me based on how much work they are constantly turning out and the amount of time that goes into each piece they create. they have collaborated with other makers in north texas and frequently do pop-up shops with other local vendors.

the edges of the serving boards are cut freehand on the band saw before they are smoothed out and shaped by hand. from here they will be carefully sanded and will head into the finishing room before being sold.

during my visit i was able to just stand back and observe as they collaborated and discussed new designs and projects being worked on. their was a calmness between them and an unspoken understanding of what the other was doing or needed as they did various tasks around the shop.

from the original design to the hand-crafting and packaging, each step along the way is thoughtful, intentional and done with great care.

both their home and work space are a reflection of the beautiful pieces they create as well as the lifestyle and the values they celebrate. beauty abounds and the attention to detail in every design choice is obvious. inside of their home, many pieces of furniture are handcrafted works of art including a kitchen table, end tables, computer desk and even a dog bowl. when a need would arise for a piece of furniture, kate would simply sketch a design and julian would get to work on bringing that design to life.

notes: all images shot on the Sony A7 and edited with vscofilm. You can see the full post on my vsco journal http://shawnroller.vsco.co/journal/pastrana-studio.

Overall there are a lot of things I would have changed. I wished I had taken more finished product shots. I also wished I would have maybe had Julian's hand on the stool for that shot. I am wanting to do more commercial and product work so I would appreciate any criticism or feedback anyone has. I really want to become a better photographer and I always value constructive criticism. I know the assignment calls for 5 shots but since this is a couple and has 2 subjects I took the liberty of adding a few additional shots.

really looking forward to getting brutally honest feedback.

Thanks

Shawn

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