Passengers riding the elevated train in East Harlem are likely unaware of the oasis they pass each day.  Jaq's open, airy studio on the top floor of a warehouse is level with the tracks, but so much calm and tranquility fill the space that one hardly notices the passing trains. 

White walls and caramel-colored floors--with dog to match--are comforting and warm.  Throughout the studio, collections of precious objects soothe and inspire. 

It is a perfect space for Jaq to practice her exacting art.  Using various sizes of a leaf-like shapes, she meticulously cuts mesmerizing patterns into large sheets of white paper.  It is a form of meditation and a way to bring sacred alchemy and spiritual geometry to paper. 

 A simple kitchen and cozy seating area invite relaxation in the midst of work. Though in such an idyllic space, the two are really one and the same.

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Curious about this project?  These home tours are the passion project of Sam, the main character in the story The Intrepid Starling.  You can read the novel here with new chapters posted each week.