Joshua Bell: Great to meet you! Your work has a bit of a world-wide influence, considering your studio started in Italy and was eventually moved to New York. Your blog also mentioned several locations. Have your travels influenced your design at all?
Temple St. Clair: Yes. In fact, travel is essential to my work. I do spend a lot of time in my studio pouring over books but, for me, traveling is key to refreshing the mind. I never travel without a sketchbook for drawings and notes. I sketch architectural details as well things I see in nature. Also street fashion differs from culture to culture so I love people watching. I have shelves and shelves of my sketchbooks; they are as much travel logs as anything else. I constantly refer back to them for ideas that I save for new collections.
You often tour throughout Europe. Does visiting such far-away locales, to areas where much of the music you're known for playing was originally performed, change the way you view the music you're playing?
J: I don't know that it changes the way I view the music, but it can certainly enrich the experience.
I've played in centuries-old churches and halls that have hosted the world's most celebrated artists, many of whom are my heroes. Being on the same stage where so many great talents have performed is inspiring. While the walls can't literally talk, they do speak to you in a sense that is very special.