2013 began with not only an update to my website but also my studio space in general. I set myself a similar agenda for both; fresh, streamlined and most of all organised (something I have always struggled to achieve/maintain in any of my workspaces). I needed a space to encourage a fresh start and a clear mind.
Left over GEYSER petals and mesh was utilised to both conceal the hideous paint job that comes with renting and also to bounce the borrowed light around the room. For detail I spray painted a cheap terracotta pot gold and added a vibrant fern. My small but ample cactus collection now takes up my Ikea green house and whilst being low maintenance it also injects colour and life into the space.
One of my most favourite aspects of the studio is the black metal shelving I made to house my collection of ‘odd bods’ as well as my paints, pencils and sample library. Constructed of laminated ply boards and 5 black metal rods it was easy to construct and fits the space perfectly. I also made a a simple matching bench seat which I will feature at a later date.
It is really amazing what a refreshed space can do to ones state of mind and production levels. It is also surprising how little effort and money it took to achieve, making me wonder why I did not do it earlier. I frequently find myself sitting in there even when I do not have work to do, and Wolfgang’s new favourite place in the house is under my desk at my feet.
I look forward to the year ahead and the creations that will hopefully come out of my new studio space.