I have to admit that when I took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio, I was more than a little scared. Long before I had started working at Stampington & Company, I was already familiar with the magazine. So, three years later when I was asked to lead it, I knew the task at hand was huge. I pushed the fear aside, realized what an honor it was to be in charge of such a significant publication, and jumped right in.
A lot of our new readers don’t realize this, but Somerset Studio has been around since 1997 and has become the magazine for paper and mixed-media artists. It was the second magazine to emerge in the Stampington & Company lineup, following just a couple years after the debut of The Stampers’ Sampler. It was publisher Kellene Giloff’s personal love of paper and mixed-media art, combined with her creative entrepreneurial spirit, that led her to start Somerset Studio. She recognized that there was no magazine out there for people who loved paper and creating with it, and in true Stampington form, she set out to correct it.
Fourteen years later, Stampington & Company has gone from producing two titles to 30, and Somerset Studio is still its flagship publication. The name Somerset has become so known within the art community, that many people actually think it’s the name of our company. We’ve developed a large family of readers, and couldn’t be prouder of how much Somerset Studio has grown.
Each day, our fabulous team works diligently to find the latest and the greatest artwork in the mixed-media community and to help launch many of our talented artists’ careers to the next level. Stay tuned for my next post, where I share just how you can become one of the artists shown among the pages of Somerset Studio.
Can you imagine any better job than to sift through piece after piece of fantastic mixed-media artwork? I can’t.