Slowly the boxes are being unpacked and the shelves are filling, with lots of tools of the trades, and many pieces of past work to display. It's fun seeing it all again, but the room looks a big mish mash of styles.
Really there is no style- I do have 6 matching sets of black metal shelving, but the rest of my storage is really just a lot of old furniture that is now not needed in the house. So I have the base of a pine dresser I bought 35 years ago, a bookcase from the 80's, a lovely queen anne set of drawers that were owned by a close friend of the family, plus my old kitchen table from the 90's!
A strange eclectic mix, but each piece has a story to it for me, and I am big on upcycling and not sending tatty furniture to the dump.
So today I sanded the set of drawers and re-stained them, and then repainted 6 drawers from another cabinet I had, and attached them vertically to the wall as new shelving. The drawers came from an old bedroom suite that I bought from the op shop 15 yrs ago for $8- the frame was worn out, but the drawers were in good shape. When I stacked them together they make a feminine shape- I'm loving them with their new paper backing.
The kitchen table got a rub down with some wax to spruce it up and my storage is complete.
My last studio had amazing, purpose built cabinetry that held HEAPS of stuff.
This one will be squishy and a tad messy, fitting everything in, and although it has no particular style, it is a reflection of me, with objects that tell a story.
I wonder, if I had the money to blow on a designer studio, what it would feel like to work in?
When I think about the cube of space I chose out of my backyard to be my studio- it really was just a cube of air once- its amazing that our collections of items, objects, things, possessions etc make our space our own.
Most artists I know love to visit other crafts persons working spaces, there is a deep curiosity about how another person sets up their space to be their creative zone.
I have also sat at my wheel and thrown some vessels! Really nervous that I would of forgotten how, but it all came back to me. For something different, I have played with geometric shaped water etching on the surfaces. My visual diary has a lot of ideas I intend to create, but I really dont want to get in the groove until all my equipment is at hand- nothing worse than starting something only to realise you cant move forward without a particular tool.
Here are some images taken in the studio today.
I am a certified creative addict- having played with arty methods constantly since childhood. Now I work mostly in clay, painting and textiles - always designing and making new objects.