Art Challenge 7 – Studio Space
I have been trying to find a space to use as a creative studio. I think that if I traced back to where I started trying to find this space I recon I would be going back around 15 years. The idea has had a few different visions over that time and I thought recently that this was a new desire until I found something I wrote in 2007 that stated I wanted a studio space. That surprised me and I realised how long his had been bubbling under the surface and working its way to the top of my agenda.
Anyway it’s there on the top of the water now, in hypertension and it’s starting to become a reality. Like most of my searches it gradually took me to Google, but I didn’t want an office space, a room in a business building, a hot desk, I knew what I didn’t want, but knowing what I did want took a bit more figuring out. I didn’t want an urban space, built up, hemmed in, I wanted green spaces. I wanted freedom to explore my creativity but didn’t want to be surrounded by accomplished artists who knew exactly what they were doing and where they were headed.
I decided to get local and as I packed away to clear the kitchen table of my work at he end of another day, before everyone arrived home, I thought how nice it would be to be able to leave my work out, to be able to make a painty mess and not get distracted by household distractions.
I searched for ‘workspace rural location’ and switched the results to Google Images, I was greeted with images of a delightful old building, which wasn’t far from my home, had a space available and was affordable. Ah I thought, what is the location like… so I zoomed in on Google Maps and saw green, lots of green, right next to the building. The building dates back to the 19th century, was built as a school and is now a social enterprise and is next to a park which was created from a former mining site.
The building is lovely, has a working clock tower on the roof that still tells the hour. Although it was stacked high with boxes I knew which room felt right and after a week or deliberation, asking for signs, consideration, excitement and then fear I got to the point that I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t take the room and the opportunity it presents.
So I have staked my claim on the room and we are agreeing when I can get in there and get creative, firstly creating my environment, which is already taking shape in my mind and on paper.
This is so exciting for me, I love how it feels so good and so right. The more I allow myself to be creative the more my mind is delivering me ideas, pictures, innovations. It’s like it has been waiting to wake up. It feels like I am getting back to my life, I have had a great time and enjoyed a great journey but this journey is for my soul and it feels like I am full up with enthusiasm.
Here are is my artist’s impressions, how exciting – being the artist, I have thrifty at my core so keen to make use and create from existing furniture and resources.
July 2015 – 9 months on from writing this post I have enjoyed my studio very much in 2014 but then my knee injury in January 2015 meant that I spent more time at home that I possibly ever have in my life since I was a child. I loved the safe, closed door, lockable sanctuary in which to nurture my art, confront my fear and see if art was the right path for me.
Here is my studio at its best when I was so in love with the space and the opportunity it provided.
Gradually as I spent weeks on end at home my art materials moved gradually back to our house and art sometimes became a group activity, but it was always convenient. I would get out the plastic table cloth, create, paint, and then wash up and put it all away. I felt safe at home and as I needed to be doing so many exercises and then icing my knee the rest of the time I got into the space. For the first time since moving here 7 years ago I feel truly settled and at home in the space.
So now I can drive again, I can go to my studio, it’s there for me but I don’t feel like I can be bothered to drive the 5 miles and all the materials I would use are here anyway. Which then makes me feel bad, although the it’s great to feel settled I feel that this experience has taken that space away from me.
So my question is, is it about geography, would I use a studio closer to home, or should I get a fancy shed and use that, or do I need to have a clear out to accommodate the other things from my studio and then work from home. I guess there is a social element to the question too, but I didn’t experience the buzz in my studio building that I had envisaged.
I know the room needs a sink to wash things, and a hard floor so I’m not have paint on carpet concerns, and there needs to be a buzz and space for people to join me for art sometimes. I don’t know if I’ll continue to want to spend some much time as home as I get stronger and to more normal mobility.
There is a room in a stable block of a local stately home, with a high ceiling, sink, hard floor, stable,door onto a courtyard where visitors will come seasonally. That is more money, but a bigger space and less than half the distance of my current studio. I have a viewing tomorrow, I’m not sure whether it would be right or whether I don’t even need a studio. Would I go to that more as its nearer, would it inspire me as people were visiting, popping by, there are other creatives there?
Well enough time pondering now I am going to do some art, as after all that’s where my pleasure is. Grateful for any comments or thoughts on this decision.