I had been in my studio for around twenty years or so and loved it very much, but over the last year or so, my circumstances have changed and I felt that I needed a space that suited my needs more.
|L-R A LOT of doors and locks require a lot of keys; boiler pipes have never looked so arty; my otters have settled in nice; messing my space up good.|
Miraculously, a space at another studio came up. Ten minutes from home, one minute from where I work part-time, a third of the price - and full of crafters.
|L-R There's a fridge, microwave and kettle - what more could you want?; What Kate Does; Hania's silver-smithing equipment; Sue's textile space.|
Moving was horrible, both physically and emotionally, and I still feel sad (and a wee bit panicky) but it's also exciting to be somewhere new and I can use my time more effectively there, which is paramount at the moment with the lead-up to Christmas.
|L-R Entrance at rear; door furniture; part of Kate's tin collection; Sal's space is testament to a clutter I can only dream of achieving|
The new studio is less cosy and neat than The Annexe, but I love the crafty chaos that abounds. This means I feel OK about the huge amount of mess I specialise in whilst working. Many new creations have been cooked up already and I feel a little bit more relaxed about life now I'm settling in.
|L-R A great view of the neighbourhood back yards; ribbons and reels; casting some malachite effect resin (I hope) ; Sal's wonderful space in full|
But one day, THIS will appear on my desk.